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12th April – TLC Liverpool. Professor Michael Parkinson CBE

How will we make the most of devolution?

Professor Parkinson is widely known and respected as the architect of Liverpool City Region – one of the big agenda items in the Northern Powerhouse debate. Michael gave a hugely entertaining and informative presentation to 23 TLC members and guests. Once again, the venue, 60 Hope Street, came up trumps and an excellent evening was enjoyed by all to make a highly successful and memorable meeting.

18th February – TLC Liverpool. Commodore Jake Moores DL OBE

Leadership Lessons from a life underwater

25 members enjoyed a tremendous meeting at TLC Liverpool’s new home – 60 Hope Street. Our guest was TLC Vice Chairman Commodore Professor Jake Moores RN. Jake, a founder member of TLC gave an extraordinarily insight in his experiences as head of the RN Submarine Service and in particular his time as Captain of one of HM nuclear trident submarines. The responsibility of being in command of 160 men, under the water for 3 months with the responsibility, upon orders, to unleash armageddon is beyond the imagination of nearly all of us. We were privileged to be given an inkling of the responsibility, made even more enjoyable by Jake’s good humour and panache.
A night to remember!

TLC Meeting 29th April 2015 – Julie Fadden, CEO South Liverpool Housing

TLC Meeting 29th April 2015 – Julie Fadden, CEO South Liverpool Housing (SLH)

A select and highly knowledgable group of members attended an excellent presentation by Julie Fadden. Now that TLC is in its 7th year – and I have been privileged to attend everyone – perhaps one came to the event with a sense of “not sure that this will be very interesting”. And if that was an initial thought then how wrong could I be.

What Julie and her extraordinarily committed team have done in an area of great social depravation is truly amazing. SLH is a non-profit making organisation but clearly needs to bring proper commercial practices in order to grow and provide a highly valued and vital service. But in the end it comes down to vision and leadership and Julie has bags of that. Things which might pass other TLC members by, such as the Bedroom Tax and Universal Credit, were brought into sharp focus and the challenges Government policies pose in areas such as South Liverpool were stark indeed. But Julie informed us how through strong and committed leadership SLH makes a huge difference in the locality to peoples lives and aspirations. Amongst TLC members in attendance were Professor Michael Brown and Frances Street both who have board level knowledge with other housing associations which made the Q&A particularly informative.

Julie has kindly provided a copy of the slides from the presentation which gives a real feeling as to how she and SLH go about their business.

In TripAdvisor terms this was a ***** event – and the grub was super too