Sandy Lindsay MBE, Forever Manchester Vice Chair and Founder and Chair of Tangerine PR, is to join the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT).

NWBLT is an independent group of business leaders who work together to promote the sustainable economic development and long-term well-being of England’s north west.

Sandy, who will become the only member of the team from the creative sector, said: “The North West Business Leadership Team makes a very real impact on the success of our region and, with Devo Manc and the Northern Powerhouse on the horizon, there’s never been a more important time to get policy right by ensuring the voice of business is heard. I’m looking forward to being part of the Leadership Team and will work hard to ensure I add value.”

Sandy, who has played a pivotal role on the Forever Manchester Board of Trustees since 2009 received an MBE earlier this year for her services to business and young people.

11 years after launching Tangerine in 2002 Sandy launched The Juice Academy social media apprenticeship to fill an industry skills gap and create much needed career openings for young people. The scheme has now placed more than 100 young people in leading businesses across the North West. Forever Manchester took advantage of The Juice Academy Graduate Programme by recruiting recent graduate Lucinda Jukes on a six-month placement to provide additional resource to our marketing team.

Sandy was also guest speaker at the October Forever Manchester Women Event talking about her career, her thoughts on women in business, how to maintain a code of ethics, as well as sharing key elements of what she has learnt throughout her career. And on top of everything else, to mark her 50th Birthday on 6th December, Sandy asked friends to make a donation to us instead of giving her a gift – helping to raise a huge £1,050.

Nick Massey Chief Executive at Forever Manchester said “Sandy is one of our greatest assets, it’s no surprise to us that her talents have been recognised.”