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Western Morning News and Western Daily Press July 2017

13th July 2017

Western Morning News and Western Daily Press July 2017

Taken from the Western Morning News

High calibre business and skills leaders at the helm of the HotSW Board

 The Chair of HotSW LEP is Steve Hindley, who is also chair of Midas, one of the country’s leading construction firms. Steve uses his extensive experience to steer the LEP as a catalyst for growth in our area.

This year saw eight new private sector board members join the LEP, bringing their skills and expertise to take the LEP forward on its journey towards increased productivity. The new Board members replaced those retiring from the Board after six years of service.

The full list of board member biographies can be seen on the website and the new members who have just joined the LEP are:

Helen Lacey, Managing Director of Red Berry Recruitment; Karl Tucker, Managing Director of Yeo Valley Farms and Dr Fiona McMillan OBE, EDF board member and former Principal of Bridgwater College, all use their expertise to particularly focus on the skills issues that are important to local business, and they aim to help local people become equipped to take up the higher value jobs created by projects such as Hinkley.

Richard Stevens is Managing Director of Plymouth Citybus and a member of the Peninsula Rail Task Force. This continues the LEP’s momentum in prioritising transport connectivity. Mel Squires, South West Regional Director of the National Farmers’ Union brings expertise in the vital rural economy. Jackie Jacobs, EIC Group owner is a West of England Aerospace board member, a strong sector in this area with potential for growth; Stuart Brocklehurst, Chief Executive of global e-commerce company, Applegate Marketplace, is a marketing expert and advocates the Great South West campaign. And David Bird, Regional Director of Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking, chairs the LEP’s Strategic Investment Panel, the lead group in the LEP’s governance of its investment portfolio.

Board members who have been contributing to the LEP’s delivery for a number or years are: Barbara Shaw, Chief Executive of Westward Housing; Stephen Criddle, Principal of South Devon College, Martha Wilkinson, Chief Executive of social enterprise company, The Devon Community Foundation; Martin Brown, who holds positions with a variety of technology businesses, Judith Petts, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Plymouth; and Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor of Exeter University.

The expertise of these leaders is matched by that of the local authority leaders from Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay Councils, plus District Council representatives from across the HotSW area that also make up the Board.





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