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The Humber LEP welcomes 5 news board members who will bring business experience and ethics to contribute to the LEP’s strategic role.

The new members were chosen because of their specialist expertise and leadership skills they can bring to make a meaningful contribution to our economic development working alongside our public sector partners.

The new board members are joining the Humber LEP at an exciting time where we are moving into a delivery phase with City Deal projects, European Funds strategy and most recently the £103.7m Growth Deal.

New board members:

Lance Gardner

Lance Gardner MBE is Chief Executive of Care Plus Group in Grimsby – a Social Enterprise Mutual employing 820 staff and responsible for the day to day operational management of all local adult care within North East Lincolnshire.

A nurse by trade, still registered and practicing, Lance has worked in and around the NHS for more than 20 years starting as a nurse practitioner in Runcorn through to becoming General Manager of the Medical Division of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Trust. He also worked for the Department of Health as an adviser on the Governance Arrangements for NHS Foundation Trusts.

He has a MSC in Ethics in Health Care from Liverpool University in 1992 and was awarded an MBE in 2000 for services to Primary Care Nursing. He is a Fellow of the Queens Nursing Institute.

Gary Young

Gary is Managing Director at communications and IT services provider KC (a division of KCOM Group PLC), which includes all the East Yorkshire Regional based businesses.

He has 25 years’ experience in the UK and international IT and telecommunications sector. Before joining KC in February 2012, he was CEO of the Mettoni Group Ltd, a private equity backed global communications software business. Prior to that Gary held a number of senior executive roles in the KCOM Group PLC between 2001 and 2007, as well as senior roles at Compel Group PLC and IBM UK and IBM Canada, where he originally hails from.

Gary is passionate about driving the KC business forward, as a major contributor to the economy in Hull and East Yorkshire. He is a member of the City of Hull Leadership Board and a member on the Yorkshire & Humber Advisory Board for Business in the Community (BITC).

Anne Laudage

Anne Laudage is a partner of C&A Laudage, a small business that supplies UK retailers with high quality German food products.
A masters graduate in Strategic Marketing she has worked extensively across the food industry in the UK and Germany. Anne has experience in both large companies including United Biscuits and Northern Foods and SMEs.

As a consultant Anne has advised leading food companies in Germany on entering the UK market. Anne also works as part of the LEP’s Business Development Board and food sector group.

Stephen Savage

Stephen is a partner at Wilkin Chapman LLP has more than 25 years’ experience in corporate and commercial and commercial property matters. As a partner, he is also CEO/Clerk to a charity with considerable property interests and works closely with the public sector.

Stephen has substantial negotiating and drafting experience in relation to all corporate matters particularly mergers and acquisitions, in commercial matters and special project work, with an emphasis on complex developments and financing. He has also led multi-disciplined and multi-jurisdictional teams in relation to property financing up to $1bn.

Stephen is a Fellow of Nottingham University Business School and is listed as a commercial property expert within the 2012 legal experts directory.

He has been part of the Humber LEPs investment panel which has helped to approve more than 80 business growth projects that have created more than a thousand jobs in the region.

Malcolm Scott

Malcolm ‘retired’ in 2012 from the commercial property consultancy he set up in 1990, ‘Scotts’, after setting up offices in Hull and Great Grimsby.

He has been involved in economic development and regeneration work in both the public and private sectors and represented private sector organisations in partnerships seeking to improve the central economy of Hull and on the Humber regional scale.

Ambitions for the growth of the regional cultural economy have resulted in more recent investment in a recording studio and a venue in Hull together with directorships at Hull Kingston Rovers and Hull Kingston Radio.


Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP, said:

“We welcome our new board members who bring high level business experience and are committed and passionate about promoting and helping to deliver our agenda for economic development and growth across the Humber.

“They join us at a very busy and exciting time where we move into delivery on business support and skill programmes from our City Deal, European funds strategy and more recently our Growth Deal projects which are all part of our 6-year economic plan.”