The Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), an independent body established by the Rt Hon George Osborne MP to represent the voice of major business and civic leaders across the North, has appointed Henri Murison to the position of Director.
Henri, who has been promoting the North in various private and public sector roles for the past ten years, is the organisation’s first permanent senior appointment and will lead the team as it builds and grows over the coming months.
Henri Murison will report directly to George Osborne – who remains as Chair of the NPP – and will lead a growing team based in the North.
The Rt Hon George Osborne MP said:
“I am confident Henri will make a strong and dynamic Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership as we expand our work, and hire a permanent team. His experience will stand us in good stead as we take forward the ideas the Partnership put forward in our first report, released earlier in the year, in key areas like education, transport and business.
“The Northern Powerhouse agenda is a personal and important mission for me and remains a real focus of my energies. That will continue.”
Since spending over five years as a Cabinet member at Newcastle City Council, where he held the Quality of Life remit, Henri has held position of Research Director at the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire and, most recently, leading on Public Affairs at the Yorkshire Building Society, where he made the Bradford-headquartered mutual a leading voice on Northern investment and infrastructure matters.
Henri went to school in Boroughbridge and Harrogate in Yorkshire. After graduating from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Social & Political Sciences, Henri has been back in the North for over a decade. He has a passion and true commitment to the Northern Powerhouse and will lead the efforts to make a coherent case for the North’s continued promotion and advancements.
Henri Murison said:
“The Northern Powerhouse Partnership is playing an important role in promoting the North and has already set out its stall by publishing a first report, which focuses on key issues for the North like education, infrastructure and technology. It is an honour to be appointed as its first permanent Director.
“My focus will be building relationships with leaders from across the private and public sectors to work on the priorities we’ve set for ourselves. I can’t wait to get started.”
Henri will lead an organisation with a diverse Board of senior Northern businesses, civic leaders and academics. They include Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, Joe Anderson OBE, Mayor of Liverpool, and Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council alongside leaders from MAG (Manchester Airports Group), Mace, Barclays, Associated British Ports, Siemens, HSBC, EY, Arup, Addleshaw Goddard, Bruntwood and Arcadis.
In February 2017, the NPP published its first report, following a series of business roundtables across the North chaired by George Osborne. The report concluded that, in order for the North to be more competitive, urgent attention must be given to improving: the performance and aspiration of the North’s schools; the quality of adult skills; the east-west transport infrastructure that connects key Northern cities and Manchester Airport as well as its connectivity to the South; fibre and broadband provision; attractiveness to business investment; and the overall level of ambition in its local decision making.