Professional Liverpool appoints new CEO

Members organisation Professional Liverpool has appointed one of its longest-standing board members as its new chief executive. Tony McDonough reports

Professional Liverpool
From left, Keri Stanistreet, Phil Adams, Clare Brookfield of Professional Liverpool


Professional Liverpool has appointed Phil Adams as its new chief executive.

This week Phil, a director at accountancy firm Langtons, takes over the helm of Professional Liverpool from Andrew Ruffler who had been in post since early 2020. He is a long-standing board member of the members organisation.

He has committed to continue the ‘Change for the Better’ campaign implemented by Andrew and the Professional Liverpool team at the end of 2023. This will remain as a cornerstone of Professional Liverpool’s strategy.

Phil said: “I am honoured to be appointed as the next CEO of Professional Liverpool. I look forward to building upon the strong foundations laid by Andrew and working with the talented team to continue advancing the organisation’s objectives.

“I’m excited to work hand in hand with Liverpool’s dynamic and diverse business professionals and I hope I can inspire and bring people along with me. The city continues on an upward trajectory but there remain obstacles to overcome.

“I hope to encourage collaboration rather than competition and innovation rather than imitation. And underpinning it all is the integrity and even-handedness that one would expect from the voice of the professional community.”

Professional Liverpool has promoted Clare Brookfield to head of engagement, supported by Keri Stanistreet as marketing and events executive.

“As a chartered accountant working with businesses all over the city, I’m well-placed to work with local leaders and the key stakeholders to enunciate the opinions of our members and the challenges that they experience on a day-to-day basis,” added Phil.


Andrew Ruffler
Andrew Ruffler, former chief executive of Professional Liverpool


“I want our members to engage, interact and grow with Professional Liverpool for their benefit, for Professional Liverpool’s benefit and for the wider city region’s lasting economic and social benefit.

“Ultimately, I want to restore Liverpool’s reputation as a great place to do business and to grow businesses.”

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Andrew Ruffler also said: “It has been a privilege to serve as the CEO of Professional Liverpool. I am immensely proud of what we have achieved together, and the organisation is in a strong, sound position.

“I am confident that with the existing solid foundation, the organisation will continue to flourish under Phil’s leadership.”

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