Claire Dove OBE DL, renowned for spearheading social change and having a huge impact on the region’s business, social enterprise and charity sectors, will officially take up the role of Chair of the Hall on Thursday 19 January.

One of her main remits is to raise funds using her national and international contacts which can then be invested in projects which develop the venue.

As Chief Executive of the Blackburne House, Claire has managed the restoration of the derelict building, raising £4million for the project and playing a pivotal role in its transformation in to a hub of successful social enterprises.

Her vision for St George’s Hall is to lead a board of trustees which adds value to the Hall and develops a successful strategy for the iconic building.

Claire said: “It is an honour and privileged to become the chair of St George’s Hall. I look forward to working with trustees to ensure that this iconic building is preserved for future generations to come and that we leave a lasting legacy during our tenure.”

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “We are delighted to welcome Claire to the Board and her experience, commitment and vision means she is the perfect person to become Chair.

“In the current financial climate it is difficult to raise funds, but we are confident that with her influence and commercial skills, Claire will be able to develop strong plans for the future of the Hall which will increase its appeal as a visitor destination and showcase the breath-taking heritage on offer in this Grade I listed building to a wider audience.”