Stephen Cowperthwaite to lead Liverpool MIPIM Steering Group
Sean Beech, partner at Deloitte, is stepping down as Chair of the Liverpool MIPIM Steering Group and will be replaced by Stephen Cowperthwaite, managing director at Avison Young Liverpool.
This news was announced at today’s MIPIM partners meeting when the private sector delegates were joined by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram to review the successes from the March Cannes event and set out the strategy for the 2019/20 programme, which encompasses MIPIM UK and Expo Real in October as well as Cannes 2020.
The meeting also featured a panel session hosted by Alastair Houghton involving new MIPIM delegates Julie Johnson (Liverpool BID Company), Tony McDonnell (Davies Partnership) and James Flannery (Cunard Construction) who provided their personal feedback on the March event.
Beech has led the Liverpool MIPIM delegation since 2013 when he was asked by Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson to galvanise private sector support and ensure that Liverpool was present at the annual international event to showcase the city’s investment opportunities. In recent years, the programme has been delivered under the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
Beech said:“Leading the Liverpool MIPIM delegation has been one of my career-defining achievements. We have increased the delegation from 14 partners and 25 people in March 2014 to 42 partners and 120 people this year, amazing growth, and I believe that MIPIM represents the very best of how the private and public sector work together in the city region.
“Through my involvement, I’ve made great friends across the business community, but above all I’ve seen real examples of investment which have come from conversations at MIPIM, creating new jobs and growing our economy.”
Stephen Cowperthaite noted:
“Sean has put in place a really solid platform that we can build upon, and we are now in a position to raise the bar. I’ve enjoyed being a member of the steering group for the past two years and relish the opportunity as chair to help lead the conversations and set our MIPIM agenda.”
Beech continues to lead the Liverpool Deloitte office and was also recently appointed as the firm’s North West Clients and Industries head. Deloitte have already signed up for the Liverpool MIPIM 2019/20 programme.