Born in the North East of England, following her studies Lesley went to work in Singapore before moving to London to work for Grand Metropolitan and Glaxo.
In 1989, the family moved to Merseyside, and Lesley worked for several local businesses before starting her own successful consultancy company. Headhunted by a Liverpool law firm, Lesley then spent 10 years as Head of Marketing & Business Development, before joining Knowsley Chamber of Commerce as the CEO in 2010.
Lesley is an advocate for Chambers of Commerce – they are the glue that help to forge strong and important business support networks and are able to conduct advocacy on behalf of businesses. Knowsley Chamber provides a strong voice for the business community and helps to promote Knowsley as a world class destination and a great place to invest. This is evidenced by the large number of world leading companies that have chosen to base their operations in the borough of Knowsley, and the growth of the indigenous small and medium sized business base.
In 2015, Lesley was appointed Head of Business Growth & Inward Investment at Knowsley Council; this unique role within the Liverpool City Region brings together a public and private sector partnership and a single front door for all types of business support in Knowsley. The role is varied and demanding, but under the Knowsley Better Together initiative offers a unique opportunity to work with private and public sector organisations who are all working towards the overall goal of helping to grow a more prosperous, successful, sustainable and inclusive local economy.
Lesley has served as a school governor for Merchant Taylors’ Schools, and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside in April 2014. In 2017 Lesley was commissioned as Honorary Colonel of 156 Royal Logistic Corps, she is also a Trustee of the PH Holt Foundation, and the Knowsley Foundation. Lesley is also a Knowsley Place Ambassador.