The Board

Growth Lancashire has a private sector led board that contribute a wide range of expertise and are well equipped to support the Company’s mission of contributing towards a growth in productivity, prosperity and places across the County. Elected representatives from the following local authorities also comprise the Board: Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley, Chorley, Hyndburn, Lancashire, Lancaster, Pendle, Rossendale, and West Lancashire.

Tim Webber MBE


Tim is Chairman and Managing Director of Pendle based Development Company, Barnfield Construction Ltd. Tim previously sat for four years on the Board of Directors for the Lancashire Economic Partnership and won the Lancastrian of the Year Award in 2010. Tim was awarded an MBE for his contribution to business and the community.

Miranda Barker


Miranda has been Chief Executive of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce since 2017. For more than 20 years Miranda has been intrinsically involved with Chambers, ranging from Wigan and Greater Manchester, to Halton, Liverpool and East Lancashire. She has worked as a board member, president, council and assembly member, as a bidding partner and as a policy adviser. Miranda has been the owner of an SME, a director within a Plc, and is an environmental consultant.

Ian Brown


Ian is a Director of Blackburn and Darwen Hive Business Network. Ian has facilitated the creation of partnerships between secondary schools in Blackburn with Darwen and larger companies in the area. Ian is also Director of Blackburn based wallpaper and home decor business Graham & Brown.

Mark Crabtree OBE


Mark is the owner and Managing Director of AMS Neve and continues to play a close day-to-day part in all of its activities. AMS Neve equipment continues to set the standard for the best professional audio worldwide.

Mark was awarded a personal Oscar® for the creation of the Digital Film Console, and was appointed an OBE for Services to Advanced Manufacturing and Creative Industries, 2014.


Mark is also the Chair of the Burnley Bondholders

Stephen Greenhalgh


Stephen has been joint Managing Director of kitchen and bathroom manufacturers   J & J Ormerod Plc since 2003. J & J Ormerod is one of Rossendale’s biggest employers, employing over 370 local people

Amanda Melton


Amanda joined Nelson and Colne College as CEO in March 2012. Nelson and Colne College is one of the highest performing colleges nationally, particularly in A Levels, having been top of the national value added tables for all sixth forms and further education colleges in 2014. Amanda is also Chair of the Lancashire LEP Skills Board.

Babs Murphy


Babs has been Chief Executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce since 1992. Both the Chamber’s and Babs’ achievements have been highlighted through a variety of awards and appointments with the Chamber being recognised as one of 52 accredited Chambers operating in the country. Through her leadership the Chamber has achieved exemplar status in the field of events, marketing and membership services.