Mersey Dee Alliance

About Us

Straddling the border of North Wales and North West England

The aims of the MDA are to enhance the profile and identity of the North Wales / North West border region; to maintain and develop the area’s competitiveness; to support key business sectors alongside skills, employment and inclusive growth; and to continue to exert influence to bring about improved economic infrastructure for the region.

Chair and Vice Chair

The Board’s Chair and Vice Chair roles are usually undertaken in rotation by the four Local Authority members, alternating between Wales and England; if the Chair is from Wales, the Vice Chair is from England.

The Chair and Vice Chair are voted in by MDA members every two years at the AGM. The current Chair and Vice Chair took up their seats in March 2020. The Chair is Cllr Mark Pritchard, Leader for Wrexham County Borough Council. The Vice Chair is Councillor Stuart Whittingham, Cabinet Member Housing and Planning for Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, representing Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

The Mersey Dee Alliance (MDA) members are working with key stakeholders across the Mersey Dee region; the Mersey Dee and North Wales All Party Parliamentary Group, Cross Party Group for North Wales in the National Assembly for Wales, the North Wales Economic Ambition Board, Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, North Wales Mersey Dee Business Council, Higher Education and Further Education providers, to realise the shared ambition of unlocking the significant growth potential of our already successful and diverse economy.


Councillor Mark Pritchard

Vice Chair

Councillor Stuart Whittingham


Lord Barry Jones has been the President of the MDA since November 2015; a role created to help promote the area, the partnership and its priorities to key stakeholders. Lord Jones has been tireless in his efforts to do just that. He has been effective in securing meetings with senior key officials and MP’s within UK Government and the profile of the MDA and its ambitions is now more widely known and understood as a consequence.


Lord Barry Jones