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Our Manchester Forum

Help Shape Our City’s Future - We are  looking for Independent Members / Business Representatives 

On 18 March 2021 the Our Manchester Strategy – Forward to 2025 was launched and details the priorities that everyone in the city – our public, private, voluntary and community organisations, and our residents – will work on together to put Manchester in the top-flight of world class cities by 2025.

The city has come a long way since the strategy was first launched in 2015, and within five years we made great strides towards its ambitious vision. However, many of our challenges have been magnified by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. As such, Manchester’s priorities for the next five years to 2025 have been reset to ensure we can still achieve the city’s ambition.

Throughout summer 2020, we asked our residents what Manchester’s priorities should be; over 3,800 residents, businesses, voluntary and community sector, public sector partners and wider stakeholders came together to give their views on what Manchester’s priorities should be. These are at the heart of Forward to 2025, and we will continue to work collaboratively to deliver them.

This reset has been overseen by the Our Manchester Forum, a partnership board of strategic stakeholders from across the city who oversaw the creation of the original Strategy in 2015 and have been monitoring its implementation ever since, and progress is reported annually in the State of the City report.

The Our Manchester Forum is chaired by the Leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese, and is made up of partners from across the city. The Forum provides the strategic leadership to drive forward the city’s collective vision as set out in the Our Manchester Strategy.

To help achieve the Our Manchester Strategy aims, we are recruiting up to five new members that can either represent the city’s business community or act as independent members to represent communities, geographical areas and the diversity of the city. 

The Forum must reflect the rich the diversity of the city and we welcome applications from people from a broad range of backgrounds. 

Applicants must be able to: 

• Either represent the city's business community and their challenges and opportunities and / or have an in depth understanding or understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing Manchester's diverse communities

• Make a positive contribution to the Forum by representing the city’s diverse range of communities and their challenges and opportunities;

• Be passionate about the city of Manchester and have the drive to improve the life outcomes of its residents;

• Apply professional skills, knowledge and experience from their field of expertise to support the interests of the whole city;

• Demonstrate an understanding of the key challenges the city faces, and have the creative vision to realise how these could become opportunities;

• Demonstrate a robust understanding of the political, economic and social context within which the Our Manchester Forum operates;

• Provide strategic leadership on the delivery of the priorities contained within the Our Manchester Strategy;

• Represent the Our Manchester Forum, the development and implementation of the Our Manchester Strategy within their organisation and professional network;

• Promote transparency of dialogue and decision making;

• Act as an ambassador for and on behalf of Manchester;

• Attend quarterly meetings and champion the work of the Forum outside of meetings. 

The Our Manchester Forum meets on a quarterly basis. During COVID-19 restrictions, meetings have been taking place virtually but typically take place in person in the city centre.

Dates for 2021 meetings: 

9 June 

22 September 

1 December 

The closing date for applications: 5pm Friday 16 April.

For further information, please download the recruitment pack.