Professional Liverpool unveils three new board members

Three new members of the Professional Liverpool board are drawn from the arts, personal and professional development and insurance sectors across Liverpool city region

Irene Afful
Irene Afful, founder and director of Ametrine Coaching & Consultancy


Professional Liverpool has unveiled three new appointments to its board.

They are the director of Tate Liverpool, Helen Legg, founder and director of Ametrine Coaching & Consultancy, Irene Afful, and Matt McLaren, professional risks director at insurance broker Griffiths & Armour.

Helen Legg was appointed director of Tate Liverpool in 2018 following eight years as director of Spike Island in Bristol. In addition to running the gallery, she also oversees Tate’s national partnerships and is currently chair of Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool.

Before starting Ametrine Coaching & Consultancy, Irene Afful served in Merseyside Police for 25 years and was the first black female inspector in the force’s history. Ametrine’s clients include public, private and third sector organisations, educational institutions and global companies.

Matt MacLaren joined Griffiths & Armour’s graduate scheme in 2003 and worked his way up the business, culminating in being promoted to director of its professional risks division in 2017.

Andrew Ruffler, chief executive of Professional Liverpool, who took on the role in 2020, said: “Professional Liverpool is committed to leveraging our influence as a champion for positive change in the city region.

“We want to connect and inspire the community we represent by spearheading key initiatives and supporting the education, diversity and inclusion agenda within the city region.

“Our recent partnership with Everton’s official charity, Everton in the Community, to bolster communities throughout the city region is just one example of the work we are doing to support these organisational aims.

“Helen, Irene, and Matt are true leaders in the city region, who have forged remarkable careers, while also pioneering positive change and bringing real value to their respective communities and sectors at a national and international level.”

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