Steven Broomhead joins Recycling Lives as non-executive chairman

From Lancashire Evening Post

Lancashire Evening Post has reported today on the appointment of our new non-executive chairman, former chief executive of the North West Development Agency, Steven Broomhead. We look forward to working with Steve and to benefitting from his expert regional and strategic knowledge.

The Lancashire Evening Post reported:

“The former head of one of the North West’s most powerful organisations is the new chairman of the business arm of a Preston charity.

Steven Broomhead, who quit his £190,000-a-year job as chief executive of the North West Development Agency in October, has taken the non-executive role with Recycling Lives, the social enterprise set up by businessman Steve Jackson.

He will help spearhead the creation of a network of Recycling Lives centres like the one set up in Deepdale, Preston which work to give shelter and job opportunities to homeless people.

Mr Broomhead, 54, who lives in Hutton, said he believed the idea of a charity working with a business could be rolled out across the globe.

He said: “I hope to be able to spread the good word of the work that is being done by Recycling Lives both nationally and internationally.

“It has been a unique idea ever since it started and now Steve wants me to bring some fresh ideas and thinking to drive it on to the next level.

“A business with environmentally-friendly credentials which is giving something back to the community fits perfectly with the government’s new Big Society agenda and we have to be doing all we can to make the most of it.”

Mr Jackson, who founded and runs Recycling Lives, said he was one of the first people who called the former NWDA boss when he stepped down from his job in October.

He is in talks with councils in Accrington, Wigan and Merseyside about opening Recycling Lives centres and has targeted creating a network of 50 sites across the country.

The former Preston North End chief executive said: “Steve has been involved with Recycling Lives since the very beginning and understands what we are about.

“I can come up with entrepreneurial ideas and create a positive environment but Steve brings the contacts and knowledge of how local government works to be able to bring a whole new dimension.”

Mr Broomhead was recently appointed professor of entrepreneurial education at Liverpool Hope University and intends to take another non-executive job on top of Recycling Lives.”