On her appointment to LCR Mayoral Adviser for Voluntary and Community Sector
Last week the newly elected mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotherham, announced the appointment of Rev Canon Dr Ellen Loudon to LCR Mayoral Adviser for Voluntary and Community Sector.
This is part of a series of advisers to support his mayoral administration and also includes; Higher Education, Natural Environment, Social Housing Growth, Homelessness, Mental Health and the Visitor Economy. The intention in appointing Mayoral advisers is to utilise independent strategic advice from talent across the Liverpool City Region to support the programme and vision of the Metro Mayor.
Ellen said of her appointment:
“As Canon Chancellor and Director of Social Justice for the Diocese of Liverpool and Independent Chair of VS6 (a partnership of 14 support organisations working with 8,600 voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) groups operating across Liverpool City Region), I am pleased to be able to represent the sector in this new role of Mayoral Advisor for the Voluntary and Community sector. This is an exceptional opportunity for VCFSE sector to have a voice at the heart of the new regional government. I congratulate Steve Rotherham and the Combined Authority for taking the visionary step to appoint a series of advisors from significant areas of concern for the people of the region.”
The VS6 vision for the Liverpool City Region will be:
• The most vibrant, ‘happening’, equal place in the country, where people feel connected and included.
• A place where success is shared and measured through economic, health and social outcomes.
• A family-friendly city region where people have a work life balance.
• Driven by a sustainable, economic strategy which leads on innovation and creativity.
• A place where large employers want to bring their businesses.
• A place where everyone can have a job, progress in work, develop a successful career and improve their prosperity.
• A region where small and large organisations work together to enable people to thrive; and
• Where the VCFSE sector, and its potential, is better understood and seen as essential to a thriving, inclusive economy.
Ellen urges anyone inspired by her appointment to join in the important work of civic leadership across the LCR and Diocese and get in touch. This area of work is being championed by John Davis at Together Liverpool. (Contact details in purple box).
“Where there are currently none we hope to have in place civic faith networks in each borough, and we aim to encourage a new phase of flourishing amongst the groups that do exist. We also want to explore other ways that we can encourage the VCFSE sector to work together for the common good. So, please do let me know if you have ideas, want to get involved or are currently involved and are willing to mentor new people and projects.”