North West Regional Assembly

North West Regional Assembly
North West Regional Assembly
Status Regional assembly
Territory North West England
Founded 1999 (abolished 2008)
HQ Wigan
Budget budget_year= 2006/07
United Kingdom
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The North West Regional Assembly (NWRA) was the regional assembly for the North West England region of the United Kingdom. It was based at Wigan, in Greater Manchester. It was abolished in July 2008.


Creation and functions

The assembly was created by the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998. The first meeting was held in 1999. In July 2003 the assembly was reconstituted to combine its existing functions with those of the regional arm of the Local Government Association and of the Regional Employers Organisation.

The NWRA acted as the representative voice of the region and worked to promote the economic, environmental and social well-being of the North West of England[1]. The key functions of the assembly were:


Following criticism of the regional assemblies, it was proposed in July 2007 that they will be axed, losing their role by 2010.[2].

A regional leaders forum known as '4NW' was established on 15 July 2008 and the NWRA ceased to exist.[3]


Membership of the NWRA was not by direct election. The NWRA represented the interests of Cumbria, Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside and had 80 members nominated by Local Authorities, business, trade unions, further and higher education, environmental interests, and the voluntary, cultural and community sectors including sport and tourism.

Senior Officers

Position Holder
Chief Executive Phil Robinson [4]
Director of Planning, Transport and Housing Michael Gallagher [5]
Director of Strategy - Scrutiny, Europe and Sustainability Steve Barwick [6]

NWRA Political Group Leaders

Political Group Leader Local Authority
Conservatives Group Cllr Les Byrom [7] Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
Liberal Democrat Group Cllr Mike Ash [7] Cumbria County Council
Labour Group Cllr Val Stevens [7] Manchester City Council


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