Speaker Profile

ROTHERAM Steve

Job TitleMetro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region

Company NameLiverpool City Region Combined Authority

About

Steve Rotheram was born in Knowsley in 1961 and was one of eight children. A bricklayer by trade, he’d set up his own company by the age of 22 and later went on to work in various capacities in the construction industry.

Having pursued qualifications through an FE College, he then went to John Moores University studying construction management before going on to work as a senior manager at the Learning and Skills Council.

Shortly after the birth of his first child in the 1990s, Steve became more involved in politics through his local Labour Party branch.

He was elected to serve as a Liverpool City Councillor in 2002 to represent Fazakerley ward – and held the ceremonial title of Lord Mayor of Liverpool during the city's European Capital of Culture year of 2008.

Despite never harbouring any previous Parliamentary ambitions, in 2010, Steve was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Liverpool Walton constituency.

While in Parliament, Steve was involved in a number of campaigns, both local and national. These included: fighting against cuts to prison officers in his constituency; exposing the blacklisting of construction workers; and lobbying for a ban on the use of old tyres on coaches.

Alongside all of this, Steve continued to support the families fighting for justice after the Hillsborough Disaster.

Towards the end of his time in Parliament, Steve served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, before deciding to run in the selection for Labour’s candidate to be the Liverpool City Region’s first ever Metro Mayor.

In May 2017, Steve was elected as the first Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region. In his first year he oversaw investment in projects totalling nearly one billion pounds and structured the new Mayoral Combined Authority to focus on delivery.