Sean Keyes, Managing Director at Sutcliffe, has been appointed to the Liverpool Enterprise Partnership’s new Built Environment Board – an expert leadership group developing a vision and action plan for Liverpool.
This new board of leading construction experts aims to stimulate economic growth and productivity within the city’s architecture, engineering and building industries.
The Built Environment Board brings together private and public sector partners from the wider ‘built environment community’ to define strategic goals across these sectors, developing a vision for a dynamic, competitive and sustainable built Liverpool.
Speaking on why this new role is important to him, Sean said:
“I completely understand the importance of ensuring that the built environment is a success to deliver a safe, secure and sustainable city region to serve the needs of the community of which I have lived, studied and worked all my life.”
Sean has also overseen the redevelopment of Liverpool’s more neglected urban areas, including the refurbishment of the Welsh Streets in Toxteth, which the council had condemned to demolition in 2005, stating that there was a perceived ‘over-supply’ of ‘obsolete’ terraced houses in Liverpool. The Welsh Streets scheme, which saved the houses from demolition, went on to win numerous awards for the high standard of residential refurbishment including RICS Grand Final..
“I have watched the city grow and change over the years,” said Sean, “and I am resolute in my opinion that errors that were made in the past are not repeated. Success comes through teamwork and my passion will be focused for the benefit of the team to achieve the greatest result for our community.”
As part of his role on the Built Environment Board, Sean will identify any gaps or underperforming in existing financial support, secure new private and public sector funding streams and develop new programmes to accelerate business growth.
Sean is keen to get started, working with the board on a number of issues, including supporting school leavers to pursue a career within the built environment. He added:
“In my opinion, Liverpool has been under-achieving in fully supporting and nurturing the next generation. That is why Sutcliffe has been at the forefront of providing opportunities to school children, school leavers and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, through university placements and internships. I ensure that we provide a new work opportunity for every four permanent members of staff.”
Work is already underway for the new Built Environment Board, with board members meeting via Zoom last week for their first meeting, where they discussed the city’s recovery post Covid-19.