Chief executive of Albert Dock Liverpool, Sue Grindrod is leading the next phase of development of this iconic waterfront destination.
Under Sue’s watch, Albert Dock – widely regarded as the catalyst for Liverpool’s renaissance in the 1980s – is evolving with the robust, five-year, 175 strategy, which includes exciting new events and will see dramatic changes to the public realm of the Dock. The strategy takes us to 2021 – the year Albert Dock marks its 175th anniversary.
Thanks to Sue, Albert Dock remains strategically connected to key organisations and representatives in the city, from being founding members of the Mayoral 100 Club to leading discussions around the waterfront and championing the cultural agenda in the city. The 175 strategy provides an opportunity to work even closer with these key people and representatives who Sue has built strong and lasting partnerships with over the last decade.
Including her previous roles as head of visitor experience and operations at Tate Liverpool – taken up in 1998 – and director and chair of Gower Street Estates (t/a Albert Dock Liverpool), Sue has been a driving force to the phenomenal success of Albert Dock so far, with just over 6m people visiting in 2016.
In her other voluntary role as director and chair of Liverpool Waterfront Business Partnership, a position she has been in since 2012, Sue continues to represent the wider interests of businesses along Liverpool’s World Heritage waterfront to fulfil its potential as a leading waterfront of the world.
With this at the forefront of her mind, Sue has also been pivotal in the successful Liverpool International Waterfront Forum – held in 2014, 2015 and 2016 (as part of what is now called International Business Festival) – a global platform for waterfront cities to come together to build stronger international alliances.
Sue also sits on the Liverpool World Heritage Site Steering Group, Liverpool Visitor Economy Network Board, has recently been elected to the Open Eye board – an independent not-for-profit photography gallery based in Liverpool – and is a board member of Heart of Glass, an agency for collaborative and social arts practice based in St Helens.
Instrumental to Sue’s success is her clarity of thought, working effectively with a number of partners in the city and bringing on board disparate parties into a single shared vision.