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 The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has today appointed two new members to its main LEP Board.

After advertising for the roles in October, the LEP Board decided today (31 January) to appoint two new Board members, Kirsten Bolton, Marketing Director at Willerby Ltd, and Sallyann Garrard-Hughes, Head of Regional Operations at the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board.

The Humber LEP had also advertised for a new Chair after Lord Haskins announced last year he plans to step down. A decision was due to take place at the meeting.

However, in light of recent positive ministerial discussions, which may change the nature of the Chair role, the Board also decided today to defer consideration of the appointment of a new Chair.

Welcoming the appointment of the new board members, Chair Lord Chris Haskins said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Kirsten and Sallyann to the LEP Board. These two accomplished business leaders bring a multitude of skills and experience to the board and we know that they will use this to make a valuable contribution to the future development of the Humber economy.”

On her appointment, Kirsten said: “I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to join the Humber LEP board of directors and aim to bring my passion for change, through encouraging further collaboration and contributing to the strategic development.

Kirsten Bolton

“I’m proud of what I can deliver as part of the LEP – Willerby is a big employer, with an even bigger supply chain. We have generations of families working for us and have a strong future ahead. My hope is to transfer some that passion to enable growth opportunities and develop the region further to make it strong and stable, yet still ambitious.”

Sallyann Garrard-Hughes

Reacting to the news, Sallyann said: “As someone who is passionate about the region and its people I am delighted to become a member of the Humber LEP board. I look forward to being part of the opportunities for the UK’s Energy Estuary and its low carbon future.”

About the new board members:

Kirsten Bolton is a skilled board level Marketing Director with 20 years of experience across multiple sectors, including education, skills, SME business development and manufacturing Sector.
She was recently placed in the Financial Times Top 100 most influential women in Engineering list (UK & Europe). Kirsten has a comprehensive background in lead generation, tactical & strategic planning and digital marketing. She was involved with AMRC development in Sheffield and had previously worked for Business Link in South Yorkshire. She will bring to the Board her marketing experience, understanding of the manufacturing sector and support our efforts around inward investment.

Sallyann Garrard-Hughes already has good knowledge of the work of the Humber LEP and the work of the LEP Board; she has been involved on a number of working groups including Humber Energy Skills Campus. She is an accomplished skills and business support professional, with a good understanding of all aspects of skills, training, and business strategy focused on the engineering sectors, but also has wider specific experience of financial services.  She has strong communications, analytical, interpersonal and customer focused service skills. She is a highly motivated networker, facilitator with passion and drive. She is keen to see the delivery of the Industrial strategy and use her experience and knowledge to support work in the engineering, energy and renewables sectors.