Strategic Green and Open Spaces Review Board Members

Simon O’Brien – Chair of the Strategic Green and Open Spaces Review Board

Born and brought up in Liverpool, Simon began acting in 1982 in the first episode of Brookside. For the last thirty years he has successfully combined dual careers of acting and presenting.

When not working in these two main creative fields Simon splits his time between developing and shooting his independent films and scouring Europe seeking out derelict properties to renovate: all done from an ecological perspective.

Simon is uncompromising in his attitude toward our interaction with the natural environment. This philosophy has been practically applied to all his building developments. Simon has campaigned individually and as part of wider groups for many years.

Steve MunbyCouncillor Steve Munby – Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods & Waste Services

Councillor Steve Munby has been a councillor since 1998 and was appointed to the Cabinet with responsibility for Neighbourhoods in May 2010. His portfolio was extended to include young people in 2011, street cleaning and waste services in 2012 and parks in September 2014.  

Steve says: “My priorities are to promote the devolution of services and decision-making down to neighbourhood level, keep the city’s streets and public spaces as clean and attractive as possible, secure sustained increases in recycling, radically improve our public and open land from creating community gardens, new allotments and securing a sustainable future for our parks.”

Councillor Malcolm Kennedy – Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Transport & Climate Change

Councillor Malcolm Kelly has worked with a number of local voluntary and community groups within Liverpool for nearly 30 years.

During this time he has been committed to helping to improve communities and the lives of those who live within them through his voluntary work.

He also serves as a City Councillor, which has given him a wealth of experience in local government over the past 19 years.

Ron Odunaiya – Director Community Services, Liverpool City Council

Ron Odunaiya was appointed as Director of Community Services in September 2012. However he is not new to the city and spent his early years in Liverpool and many of his family still live in the city. He attended Liverpool John Moore’s University and chose a career in Local Government because he is passionate about providing excellent services to improve the quality of life for our communities.

Ron has spent much of his career in Local Government and has previously worked as an Executive Director for Sunderland City Council and more locally at Knowsley Council where he was the Assistant Chief Executive.

In his current role he has responsibility for a wide range of services including: Sports and Outdoor Recreation; Parks, Environmental Services and Waste Management; Libraries; Youth and Offending Service; Public Protection and Community safety and Neighbourhoods.

David Hughes – Head of Planning at Liverpool City Council

David Hughes joined Liverpool City Council as Head of Planning in November 2014. A Chartered Town Planner with over 25 years’ experience, at a senior level, of developing and delivering partnership solutions for complex regeneration challenges and unlocking economic growth. David has a degree in environmental science and has worked as an ecologist. David left thepost of head of Planning in August 2016.

Professor Richard Meegan – retired Professor of Economic Geography, European Institute for Urban Affairs, LJMU. Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool

Richard has worked in the field of social and economic research for over 40 years. His research has ranged across urban and regional regeneration and development, labour market change, community responses to the impact of economic restructuring, urban policy and community economic development. He has a particular interest in the recent economic and social history of Liverpool and Merseyside.

His research has been funded by central and local government, overseas planning and government agencies and a variety of research councils and foundations and the findings of this research have been widely published.

He recently completed a joint ESRC research project exploring the impact of the recession on households in Bristol and Liverpool with the Centre for Urban and Public Policy Research at the University of Bristol.

He was also a member of the joint research team from Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool that produced the recent ‘The State of the
Liverpool City Region: Making The Most of Devolution Report’. He lives in south Liverpool and treasures his easy access to both Calderstones and Sefton Parks.

Victoria Owens – Managing Director, 4d4u Ltd

With previous retail experience she spent 14 years operating an estate agency in south Liverpool, which she sold in July 2015. Victoria now owns and manages a baby scanning clinic, 4d4u Limited which is based in Woolton Village. Victoria has two children and lives in the Allerton area.

Dr Ian Mell – Lecturer in Planning & Civic Design, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool

Dr Ian Mell is a Lecturer in Planning & Civic Design at The University of Liverpool. He teaches and researches a variety of green infrastructure and planning issues evaluating the opportunities and disconnects between planning strategy, policy and practice. His research investigates the nature and ‘value’ of green infrastructure investment in a number of geographical contexts to better understand how innovative and integrated landscape management can address social, economic and ecological issues.

This included recent work on the Interreg IVB Valuing Attractive Landscapes in the Urban Economy (VALUE) project. Ian’s current work reflects on how green infrastructure is being positioned as one of the ‘go-to’ approach to planning for sustainable urban planning in the USA, India and China. Outside of academia Ian has experience of green infrastructure practice through working with advocacy organisations (Community Forests in North-East England) and as a local government officer in Cambridgeshire.

Maxine Ennis – CEO at Rotunda Community College

Maxine Ennis is the Chief Executive Officer at Rotunda Ltd, a highly effective charity based in North Liverpool. She has worked at Rotunda for the past six years and has developed a culture within the organisation which has supported growth and success for the community. Her previous work has included supporting the cities response to The National Asylum Support Service in 2000 and implementing a high level strategy to deal with the statutory responsibilities of the city around housing and urban policy in this area.

Maxine is an advocate for supporting people with multiple complex needs and she has managed 3,500 bed spaces for vulnerable people across the North West which included bail hostels, domestic violence hostels and young person’s accommodation for children leaving care. As an individual, Maxine is passionate about social change and the environment.

Arwa AlRekabiArwa AlRekabi – Architect & Sustainability Manager at Denovo Design Limited, Architectural Services, Architectural Design

As an Architect with over nine year’s experience working on Affordable Housing I have great passion for sustainability, with a key interest in social sustainability.
My knowledge in this area has developed even further as I recently received a Masters in 'Sustainable Built Environment' from Liverpool John Moores University.

Here I specialised in 'Achieving Social Sustainability in England's Affordable Housing' and was awarded a distinction for my work. It is here where my experience and personal passion lies.

Living and working in Liverpool with a young family of my own I have a great interest in helping to shape our City in a positive way for its people.
It is my honest pleasure to be a part of the Green Strategy panel and I am honoured to have been given this responsibility.

Malcolm KellyCouncillor Malcolm Kelly – Director, Woolton Youth Club

Malcolm Kelly has had a long standing relationship with Liverpool City Council and has stood on many occasions as a Liberal Democrat representative.

He is currently the Director of Woolton Youth Club, based in Woolton Woods in South Liverpool.

Steve Stuart

Steve Stuart - Brabners Stuart (Retired)

Steve has over 25 years’ corporate finance experience gained locally, nationally and internationally. Steve is a great strategic thinker who specialises in innovative solutions.

Formerly a partner with Ernst and Young, Steve started the practice with the clear vision of providing high calibre entrepreneurial corporate finance advice to business owners.

Since embarking on his own, Steve has gained first-hand experience of the issues facing entrepreneurs and this provides him with a truly unique insight into the issues facing owner managers.

Steve is a well-connected and respected figure in the local business community and was the instrumental driving force behind the creation of Merseyside Special Investment Fund in the mid-1990s. Steve has worked on a number of disposals of private companies to international buyers and more recently has successfully completed a number of financial restructuring exercises.

Dr Juliet Staples - Strategic Support, Liverpool City Council

Juliet has over 25 years’ experience in the environmental and sustainability sector and has worked for a range of organisations that have included the public, private and voluntary sectors. Previous roles have included working within academic institutions, as an environmental consultant, for an environmental charity and within Local Government. Juliet works for Liverpool City Council.