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Our Vice Chair and Chair of the Employment and Skills Board (ESB) Mike Parker OBE has stepped down from the LEP at the end of his term (the end of July).

Mike, who has chaired the ESB since it was established in 2013 to lead,  develop and oversee the implementation of the Humber Employment and Skills strategy, has driven action that  will deliver LEP’s strategic aim of a Skilled and Productive Humber workforce.

Working with the LEP executive Mike has driven a collaborative Humber approach to Employment and Skills among education and training providers, businesses and government agencies. This inclusive partnership includes 20 representatives on the ESB, 10 supportive working groups, 28 individuals on our Recruiters’ Forum and an impressive 280 members in our Skills Network influencing and contributing to the effort.

So far our investments have seen 13,221 learners supported that will meet the needs of business with thousands more in the pipeline linked to  future investments.

Taking over from Mike is Stephen Savage who has been an active member of our Investment panel, which has supported 280 business, and more recently the co-chair of the LEP’s Marketing Group.

Stephen has more than 25 years’ experience in corporate and commercial and commercial property legal matters. He is also chief executive / clerk to the Enrolled Freemen of Grimsby, with considerable property interests and works closely with the public sector, and is also a Fellow of Nottingham University Business School.

Chair of the Humber LEP Lord Haskins said:

“We would like to thank Mike for his very valuable contribution to the LEP which has seen a comprehensive strategy driven forward with key programmes in careers, employment and provision of learning to meet the needs of business to tackle the skills gap. We wish him luck with his future business endeavours.

“We welcome Stephen into the role, he brings his valuable skills and  experience being part of the region’s legal and business community to continue to drive the skills agenda for the Humber region.”