Posted on January 30, 2012
Category: News

The members of the Humber LEP North Bank sub-Board have now been fully-ratified following their first full meeting held on Thursday 19th January.

The private sector-led sub-Board is led by Chair Captain Richard Brough OBE, and has eight business representatives:

Andrew Horncastle (Horncastle Group PLC, South Cave )

Gary Hainsworth (Managing Director, Premier Galvanizing Limited, Hull)
Sean Royce (Commercial and Finance Director, KCom, Hull)
Margaret Hicks-Clarke (Head of Data, Press Association, Howden)
David Dowson (Lloyd Dowson Accountancy, Bridlington)
Tim Rix (Managing Director, J R Rix and Sons Ltd, Hull)
Mark Richardson (Director , Smith and Nephew Medical Ltd, Hull)
Richard Grunwell (Pinkney Grunwells solicitors, Scarborough)

The public sector members of the sub-Board include:

Councillor Steven Bayes, Economic Development and Regeneration Portfolio Holder, Hull City Council
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, Leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Councillor Tom Fox, Leader, Scarborough Borough Council

Richard Brough, formerly Chair of Humber Compass, the work and skills partnership, runs a management consultancy in the ports, logistics and renewables sector. He has vast private/public sector partnerships experience including Chair of the Logistics Academy Yorkshire and Humber, a region-wide partnership bringing together employers and training providers in the logistics sector. He is also Chair and founding board member of the National Port Skills and Safety Group.

He said:

“I am delighted to have been selected as the Chair of the North Bank Partnership of the Humber LEP. The sub region has a very exciting future ahead of it and we need to ensure that we do everything we can to attract investors, ensure we keep a robust and strong economy and make Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire and Scarborough, attractive places to visit and live. Above all, we need to maximise potential for our job-seekers and school and college leavers so that they can play their full role in sustaining that economy going forward.

“I am particularly pleased that we have been able to put together a strong team of private sector board members drawn from key organisations across the area. The interest shown by the private sector was truly impressive, and selecting just a few was difficult. But by harnessing that energy and commitment the new board members will bring to the table, I know we will be well placed to meet the challenges and opportunities of the next few years.” Commenting on the sub-board appointments, Lord Christopher Haskins, Chair of Humber LEP said:

“The North Bank sub-Board, while very much a vital constituent of the main Humber LEP, will be addressing issues slightly different to those of the main LEP Board.

“The work of the sub-Board is very much dictated to by the major issues affecting the specific regional area it covers. We have to ensure that, for example, events and planning in the area are consolidated to provide best value, and that any inward investment work is seen to be ‘speaking with one voice’ in terms of what is best for attracting this investment into the area.

“For example, regeneration and growth prospects in towns such as Beverley, Bridlington and Scarborough, with their tourism, heritage and cultural bias, differ greatly from those in Hull, Grimsby and Immingham with their renewables, industrial, port and logistics bias.

“It is important that this demarcation is recognised in the work that Humber LEP undertakes.”Councillor Stephen Parnaby chaired the Interim Board since the Partnership’s inception in September 2010. He said:

“The Interim Board members laid the foundations for an excellent working relationship with Scarborough, Hull and the East Riding and my thanks go to all those involved. I am delighted that the partnership is now formally established which I am sure will make a major contribution to local economies”.

Councillor Steven Bayes, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development at Hull City Council, welcomed the new private sector recruits to the permanent board and said:

“We were delighted to the response to our recruitment campaign, we had applications from the highest calibre of local business people, to select such a small number was challenging and I’m confident that Richard has achieved the most diverse and appropriate business representation covering the Partnership’s geographic area.”

Scarborough Borough Council Leader Tom Fox said:

“It is time now for us to focus on our priorities. We have a number of opportunities where we will all benefit from joint working across the area. Today’s meeting will start putting some of our ideas into action.” Discussions at the first full meeting of the sub-board centred around the Partnership’s priorities which include tourism and business support, as well as bringing the new Board up to speed on such issues as the recently announced £25.7m Regional Growth Fund bid.

For further information on Humber LEP, please see www.humberlep.org, email info@humberlep.org (to be added to our mailing list) or telephone 01482 611 880.