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CEO of Peel Ports to drive Skelmersdale forward


The Skelmersdale Place Board is privileged to announce that Mark Whitworth, the Chief Executive of Peel Ports and Chair of West Lancashire College has been appointed as its new Chair, and will lead the Skelmersdale Ambassadors into 2019.

Mark’s expertise and leadership qualities will be invaluable in supporting and promoting Skelmersdale, he will work closely with fellow Place Board members and Ambassadors to help raise the profile of the town and borough.

Skelmersdale has ambitious plans with the space to grow its population and business base to ensure the Borough is well placed to attract new business opportunities.

Commenting on his new role Mark said “I am very much looking forward to working with both the Place Board and Ambassadors to help promote Skelmersdale as a great place for business and to help generate further investment to the area. Skelmersdale is on the doorstep of a phenomenal catalyst for growth and is well-placed to capitalise on those new opportunities, particularly being in such close proximity to the Port of Liverpool (Liverpool2).  I am delighted to be a part of Skelmersdale’s exciting future”.

The timing of Mark’s appointment is pivotal to Skelmersdale’s growth plans, including the regeneration of Skelmersdale Town Centre and proposed new rail link and station, which will be the ‘growth game changer’ to benefit the area and wider Lancashire / North West economy.

Steve Jones, who will be stepping down as current Place Board Chair, said:

“I feel honoured to have been Chair of the Skelmersdale Place Board during its formative phase and I am confident that Mark will bring the energy and drive that will help Skelmersdale reach its potential. I’m delighted to hand over the reins to Mark who in his current role at West Lancashire College shows his passion for the area and sees the potential of the skills and talent that we have here, as well as the potential for expanding and growing our businesses.”

Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council said, “I wish to congratulate Mark on becoming the new Chair of the Skelmersdale Place Board. It is great to see this initiative, which was originally initiated by the Borough Council, gathering its own momentum and being driven forward by business leaders”.

Mark will start his role as Chair by hosting an exclusive event to meet the Skelmersdale Ambassadors who have already committed to join the Network on February 28.

If you’re a local business and would like to be a part of this growing movement of influential group of business leaders, who are committed to the area and have the know how to drive change then join today. Skelmersdale Ambassadors provides an opportunity for every organisation whatever their size to get involved. For further information on how to join visit: www.letstalkskelmersdale.com/ambassadors


  1. It’s great news to have such a high-profile businessman to take-over the lead for Skelmersdale Business Ambassadors.
    And loads of appreciation for Steve Jones, who helped to establish the group.


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