Sub-board chairs appointed to lead on key aspects of HEY LEP’s priority areas

17th Jun

Four members of the HEY LEP board are set to steer the newly formed sub-boards of the LEP, focusing on different aspects of the Hull and East Yorkshire economy.

The appointments were agreed at yesterday’s HEY LEP board meeting, with Stephen Parnaby (pictured, bottom left), deputy LEP chairman and business development director at Wren Kitchens, appointed as chairman of the Infrastructure Board and HEY LEP board member and Professor Susan Lea (top left), University of Hull vice-chancellor, as chairman of the Innovation and Transformation Board.

In addition, Jayne Adamson (bottom right), LEP board member and people director at Humber Coast and Vale Partnership, is to chair the Employment and Skills Board, and Gill Alton (top right), LEP board member and CEO of the TEC Partnership, is to lead the Business Support Board.

The ESB will focus on reducing the skills gaps in the region, delivering the recommendations of the Local Skills Report by creating the foundations for the growth of new jobs in the region, in addition to ensuring that young people receive high-quality careers advice.

The Business Support Board’s role is to ensure that businesses can receive and access advice, finance and other support to sustain and develop their organisations to flourish, whatever their size and sector.

The Infrastructure Board will look at future investment opportunities for the region as well as focusing on transport and placed-based property developments and bringing together government agencies, where required, to expedite these developments.

Currently, the LEP is recruiting for members for these sub-boards. Applying for a place on one of the LEP’S sub-boards is an opportunity for anyone with valuable lived experience in such sectors as digital, SME and social enterprise within the region’s business community to help shape the economic direction of Hull and East Yorkshire.  

The Innovation And Transformation Board is being developed by the LEP – this is a new board to the region and will focus on promoting and sharing innovation within the business community, utilising the academic and research strengths of our region’s university and colleges. It will also identify major projects or technologies, which could transform the region and ensure these opportunities are developed. 

As the new Local Enterprise Partnership for the Hull and East Yorkshire region, HEY LEP is forming these sub-boards to support and influence the work of the main LEP board as they develop and implement an economic strategy for the new HEY region in conjunction with its public sector partners.

The creation of the sub-boards come after the LEP appointed the Business Engagement Board (BEB) as its key private sector advisory partner. The BEB will provide a coordinated voice for the region’s business community and will be available to be consulted by the LEP board and its sub-boards on economic issues affecting the private sector in the region.

James Newman, chairman of the HEY LEP board, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to appoint four excellent chairs of our new sub-boards. Each of them brings with them significant leadership experience and knowledge of the region.

“Every sub-board will play an important role in supporting the LEP board in its various activities of developing and implementing the economic strategy for the region and monitoring progress on the strategy and other programmes being delivered by the LEP on behalf of the Government and local authorities.”

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