Ambassadors

Jamie Burdekin

In 2003 Jamie was introduced to wheelchair tennis at a Tennis Foundation Wheelchair Tennis camp in Nottingham. In 2004 he made his debut for Great Britain at the World Team Cup in New Zealand.

Jamie won his first major international quad singles title at the Queensland Open in Australia in 2008 and later that year he was competing for Great Britain in his third World Team Cup when he found out he had been selected to make his Paralympic Games debut in Beijing, where he went on to partner Peter Norfolk to the quad doubles bronze medal.

He was also a member of Great Britain’s World Team Cup team that won the quad title in 2009 and 2014 and has also won silver and bronze medals whilst representing Great Britain in the event. Jamie achieved his career high quad singles ranking of no. 4 in April 2014 after beating world no. 1 David Wagner to win his first ITF title at the Cajun Classic.

Jamie made his second Games appearance in front of a home crowd at London 2012, where he came up against the world no. 2 Noam Gershony from Israel. Gershony, who went on to take gold in the quad singles, defeated Jamie after three sets, with a final score of 6-3, 3-6, 3-6.

 

In recent seasons Jamie has developed a successful doubles partnership with fellow Brit Andy Lapthorne. The duo has beaten American three-time Paralympic quad doubles champions Nick Taylor and David Wagner on a number of occasions. He will represent ParalympicsGB for the third time at Rio 2016.

Jamie trains at South Ribble Tennis Centre near Preston. Off the court, he is a keen Everton FC supporter and is devoted to his son Charlie, daughter Beau and fiancée Kelly.

A former Royal Marine, Jamie was injured in a car accident in Liverpool in 2000 when he was 21.

Ian Snodin

Snodin started his career as a trainee at Doncaster Rovers along with his brother Glynn under manager Billy Bremner, playing in midfield for the club. In September 1982, he scored a hat-trick in a 7-5 victory over Reading at Belle Vue, claiming the match ball ahead of Kerry Dixon who had scored four for the visitors.[1] It would prove to be the only hat-trick of Snodin’s career. Even though Doncaster were in the third division at the time, Snodin earned several call-ups to both the England Under-21s and the under-23s due to being such a strong player at such a young age He soon caught the interest of the Leeds United manager Eddie Gray and was transferred to the club in the summer of 1985 for £200,000 Bremner soon followed Snodin to Leeds and appointed him as captain, replacing Leeds’ legend Peter Lorimer who had retired from the game Snodin added class and bite to United’s midfield and became the key player in the side.

It wasn’t long before Division One’s clubs approached Leeds for his services. Everton and Liverpool both offered £840,000 in 1987, and cash-strapped Leeds accepted.[2] Snodin chose Everton as his next team despite having agreed terms with Liverpool, and moved to Goodison Park in January 1987. Snodin helped his new club to win the title in his debut season. His never-say-die attitude was well received by the Everton fans, but it wasn’t until Snodin played as an emergency right-back that he flourished for the club. This transformation to defender happened so quickly and with such ease that in February 1989 he was called up into the full England squad for a friendly international against Greece. Unfortunately Snodin was forced to withdraw due to injury and his problems worsened a few weeks later when he was carried off during a game against Sheffield Wednesday with a serious hamstring problem. Despite lengthy periods of rest and several operations, Snodin struggled to regain his fitness and spent the whole of the 1991–92 season on the sidelines.

Snodin was a regular analyst on Sky Sports’ coverage of the Football Conference, before taking on a similar role at Setanta Sports following a change in the broadcasting rights. He also co-hosts Terrace Talk, a football magazine show, with Liverpool legend Ian St. John every Saturday at midday on Liverpool music station Radio City 96.7 and City Talk 105.9 and occasionally commentates on Everton for the same radio network. He has written a weekly column for the Liverpool Echo.

The Deputy Lord Mayor

COUNCILLOR MALCOLM KENNEDY has been a City Councillor in Liverpool since 1998.

Malcolm is the Cabinet member with responsibility for Regeneration, Transport and Climate Change in May 2010.

Malcolm was appointed the Cabinet Member for Regeneration to deliver physical development strategy and project development across the city. In this role he is responsible for overseeing the development of Liverpool’s Strategic Investment Plan and Liverpool’s Local Development Framework.

Malcolm is a director of Liverpool Science Park.

Outside of the Council, Malcolm is the owner and director of RMK Business Solutions, a small consultancy aimed at assisting the growth and development of small businesses.

Bill Addy

Bill Addy is MD of the Liverpool Bid Company and a very enthusiastic and engaged person on everything that goes in Liverpool. Through a partnership with the Bid Company Northern Vision has promoted tennis towards the general public in the Exchange Flags and Williamson square.

Bill, 58, who was schooled at The Bluecoat and gained a HND in Construction Management at Liverpool Polytechnic, said: “It’s a tremendous opportunity for me to give something back to the city that I so enjoyed working in for many years. I benefited greatly career wise from working in Liverpool and it’s great to be back involved in the heart of things.”

A chartered builder by profession, who has worked on various developments ranging from Princes Dock to Liverpool Community College Arts Centre, Bill added: “I want to ensure the success the BID’s have enjoyed over the past few years is built upon and together with our key partners, such as at LEP and Liverpool Vision, that we harness the potential of the city’s private sector to continue to drive Liverpool’s economy forward.”

Liverpool currently has two BIDs – City Central, which covers the retail heart of the city centre, and the Commercial District, which embodies the business heart of Liverpool.

Together they represent more than 1,500 businesses employing more than 80,000 people in Liverpool and help to promote and manage more than 100 acres of the city centre generating millions of pounds of investment.

Gary Millar

Councillor Gary Millar, computer whizz, serial entrepreneur, public servant, and champion of charitable causes, is one of Liverpool’s leading citizens.

A Scotsman by birth, Gary was raised in a Leith tenement room in the shadow of Edinburgh’s Hibernian Football Club, with an outside toilet shared with neighbours. Upstairs his bed was an alcove with a curtain slung over it. There was devastating family tragedy, a brother’s disability, a Mother’s illness, hardship and foster homes to get through, various primary schools for a few lonely months at a time and heartless teachers who questioned his intelligence and mocked his poor clothing. To put it mildly, Gary did not have the best start in life. Hardship, however, led to Gary becoming entrepreneurial and supportive of the needs of others.

After a stint as a civil servant in London he moved to Liverpool over 30 years ago and enrolled as a mature student at what was then Liverpool Polytechnic. He was accompanied then, as he is today, by his civil partner, Steve MacFarlane, and together Gary and Steve have had a greater impact on the recent history of this city than any other domestic partnership – starting businesses, raising funds for charities, and representing the modern city of Liverpool as a place of enterprise, optimism, tolerance, diversity, and social responsibility.

Having achieved business success, Gary then turned to politics, determined to address the needs of his fellow citizens and to promote a city he had come to love. He was elected to the City Council as a Liberal Democrat Elected in 2008, and he soon made his mark. But when he stood for Labour in 2011 for the Old Swan Ward, I challenged his party loyalty, and I well remember his response. “I’m in local politics to make a difference, and I can only do that if I’m voted in”. How refreshingly honest, for worthy motives do transcend politics.

During his ground-breaking and successful year as Lord Mayor, Gary emphasised the themes of ‘diversity and equality’ and raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charitable causes. He supported homeless and cancer charities, vulnerable children and those with special educational needs. He also worked tirelessly to promote the city as a safe and tolerant place for gay and lesbian people. One of Gary’s chosen charities was the Michael Causer Foundation, set up in memory of the gay Liverpool teenager who was killed in 2009 in a gang attack.

Gary was invited by the elected Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, to take a Cabinet portfolio role in Business, Enterprise and Investment. He has thrown himself into the task with characteristic energy and enthusiasm, presenting a city that is entrepreneurial and inviting to investors, with a population learning new skills determined to meet future global challenges. Indeed at the recent International Festival for Business, which was attended by over 26,000 people, I sought to have a word with him. Courteous as ever, he explained that he was hosting a group of potential investors from China. Minutes later I saw him addressing them enthusiastically, and they were clearly enthralled, for he has learned to enunciate very slowly and clearly! Gary brings the same enthusiasm and clarity of thinking to his Chairmanship of the Liverpool Commonwealth Association and his constituency surgeries. And as though that isn’t enough, he hosts regular business clinics at the Central Library for Start Up businesses.