We are a not for profit organisation that exists to help organisations deliver better outcomes with and for local people. All 41 local authorities in the North West, together with many of the fire and rescue services, police and crime commissioners’ offices and joint boards, are members. Established in 1917 (we are fast approaching our 100th birthday!) by local authorities as an independent organisation, we have a proud tradition of supporting public service organisations. The organisation is funded by a mixture of member subscriptions and income earned through not for profit consultancy services. Our governance is provided by an Executive Board of councillors from across the North West. Our primary role is to provide support to our member organisations and capitalise on our formal and informal influencing role with national and regional organisations and groups to benefit the North West. As an Employers’ Organisation we work closely with the LGA to ensure employers have the advice and support they need and at a regional level we work with the trades unions on key issues. We are committed to improving public services and have a unique role as a connector across the public sector in the region. We know the power of networking and bringing people together so we ensure that we are always looking for opportunities to connect people, ideas and practice around key public service reform and policy challenges. We have developed strong collaborative relationships with partners across health, civil service, voluntary sector and trades unions.