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Following a series of interviews, the nine private business members of the Humber LEP Board have been announced and will meet for the first time on the 16th December, joining Chair Lord Christopher Haskins and Vice Chair David Ross (photos attached) for their first full meeting.

The board comprises of 14 members, nine from the private sector and five from the public sector, including three members who originally led the formation of the LEP, John Clugston (former LEP Interim Chair), Matt Jukes (Port Director, Associated British Ports [ABP]) and Malcom Joslin (Communications and External Affairs Manager, BP Chemicals Ltd).

The other private sector members joining the LEP Board have been confirmed as:

Peter Stephenson, Executive Chairman, Able UK Ltd
David Kilburn, Managing Director, MKM Building Supplies
Alan Platt, Managing Director, John Good Shipping

Ex Officio Board member is Howard O’Neill, President of the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce.

The public sector members of the board, which includes the four local authorities covered by the Humber LEP are:

Councillor Steven Bayes, Economic Development and Regeneration Portfolio Holder, Hull City Council
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, Leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Councillor Chris Shaw, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council
Councillor Liz Redfern, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, and
Professor Calie Pistorius, Vice Chancellor University of Hull

Commenting on the board appointments, Lord Christopher Haskins, Chair of Humber LEP said:

“The Humber LEP Board, like the LEP itself, is all about local businesses and local people, and my first task was to ensure all concerned have good strong links to, as well as an interest in, the Humber economy.
“Now that the Humber has been recognised as the major UK centre for renewables, we need to exploit this and ensure that all parties work together to encourage inward investment into our Enterprise Zones as well as create opportunities for local companies.

“We have a lot of work to do, but I have total confidence that my members of the Board will rise to meet this challenge.”

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Humber Local Enterprise Partnership Board

Lord Haskins of Skidby:
Is the former chairman of Northern Foods and Express Dairies and has been appointed chairman of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership. He is currently a member of the Lords’ Cabinet Office Efficiency and Reform Group Board, Pro-Chancellor of the Open University and a non-executive Director of JSR Farms Ltd.

As a former Board member of Yorkshire Forward Regional Development Agency (1998-2008), he brings a wealth of experience in regional development and regeneration.

Lord Haskins was appointed by an independent selection panel after an open recruitment process for private sector members of the LEP Board.

As well as chairing the LEP’s Board meetings and representing the LEP in public, Lord Haskins will also lead meetings with Ministers and be the LEP’s voice in Whitehall and Parliament.

David Ross:
Is a local entrepreneur and is well known nationally for his success in helping to create the Carphone Warehouse; David has many local ties and is the grandson of the founder of the iconic Ross Frozen Foods company. He remains Chairman of the family-founded Cosalt ship-supply group and recently established a community fund in memory of his late father, John Ross MBE. David’s charitable foundation also supports the Havelock and Humberston Academies in North East Lincolnshire and aims to continue the expansion of its work in the educational field locally.

At a national level, David was also on the board that supervised the renewal of Wembley Stadium, and the London organising committee of the 2012 Olympic Games. He was a member of the Home Office Audit Committee and Lord Carter’s Review of Legal Aid Procurement.

John Clugston:
John Clugston is Chairman of Clugston Group Ltd, a Company based in Scunthorpe whose core activities are construction and civil engineering, distribution and property development.

John began his career in the iron and steel industry and its bi-product blast furnace slag in Germany in 1958 and in 1984 became Chairman and Managing Director of Clugston Group Ltd, a company which employs over 800 staff.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Fellow of The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation, Associate Member of the Institute of Quarrying, Past President of the Lincolnshire Iron & Steel Institute, Freeman of the City of London and Past Master of The Worshipful Co. of Paviors, Past High Sheriff of the County of Humberside, President of Humberside Scout Council, Patron of Scunthorpe & North Lincolnshire Concert Society and Scunthorpe Amateur Operatic Society, Chairman of the Trustees of the Humberside Chinese Association Council, Chairman of the Fabric Fund Council of Lincoln Cathedral, Chairman of the North Lincolnshire Area Committee of the Cathedral, Member of Lincoln Cathedral Council, Member of the Trust Advisory Group and the Business Support Group for the Cathedral, A member of the High Sheriffs’ & Humberside Police Tribune Trust and a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Lincolnshire.

John is married with 4 children and his hobbies include shooting, fishing, tennis, music and gardening.

Howard O’Neill:
Owns and runs Customer First Consulting Ltd – which has one employee.
Howard was appointed Chamber President of Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce on 4 March 2011.

Following a degree in Civil Engineering at Manchester University Howard embarked on a career in the Water Industry lasting thirty two years. He was responsible for the design and construction of many structures and installations and spent a period of time as a Panel Engineer under the Reservoir Safety Act being responsible for the structural safety and integrity of large reservoirs until the early nineties.

Following achieving a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) Howard went on to be responsible for Business Relationships and Services until his retirement in 2008.

Howard now has his own Company, Customer First Consulting Ltd, specialising in business development, sales and strategic relationships.

Howard has been involved with the Chamber for more than fifteen years and is looking forward to working with business for the benefit of the Humber region in the year ahead.

David Kilburn:
David started in the Builders Merchants Industry as a trainee with Crossley & Sons in 1963. After this he joined the Graham group 1972 and in 1985 left to start his own business in Scarborough. This was sold to Harcros who he then joined until 1995 when he left for his next business start up, MKM Building Supplies.

David is now the Chief Executive of MKM Building Supplies, the UK’s largest independently owned builder’s merchant’s chain.

MKM was started by David and others in 1995. It distributes Building, Plumbing Heating and Timber products to small and medium sized contractors, local authorities and the general public. With its base in Hull, East Yorkshire. It now has a network of 37 branches stretching from Perth in Scotland down the east coast of the UK to Chelmsford in Essex. The business employs 700 people and its turnover is £135 million,

MKM has been voted by its peers” The Best Independent Merchant Of The Year” for 5 out of the last 7 years.

Malcolm Joslin:
Dr Joslin is Communications and External Affairs Manager for BP’s European Acetyls business, based at the Saltend chemicals site near Hull and has been involved in stakeholder engagement in the region on behalf of BP for over 20 years. He has been closely involved in securing almost £1b of investment at Saltend since the late 1990’s. Malcolm is currently a Director of the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce (Vice President-elect from April 2012) and is a Director of Sirius, a successful enterprise support agency set up by BP in 1999. He was Vice Chair of the interim Humber LEP and is a board member of the Humber Education Business Partnership and also Young Enterprise (Humber). In 2011, he became a Trustee of the Humber Engineering Training Association (HETA) which reflects his continuing commitment to develop young talent through schools engagement, work experience, apprenticeships and higher education. Currently employs 600 people.

Alan Platt:
Managing Director of John Good & Sons Ltd., one of the largest independent ship agency group of companies in the UK with a turnover in excess of £100m and employing 230 people. Founded in Hull in 1833 and remaining in the private ownership of the Good family, the John Good Group remains firmly rooted in Hull with a network of own offices and partners in international markets such as China, India, Turkey, Baltic States, Middle East, South Africa and South America.

Matt Jukes:
Currently the Port Director at ABP Hull & Goole, Matt, 39, joined ABP’s operational board in October 2005, when he became Port Director, Short-Sea Ports. He was promoted to his current position of Port Director, Hull & Goole, on 1 February 2008.

Matt joined ABP in 1994 as a Dredging Technician and has worked in many positions throughout the Company, including as Quay Foreman and Assistant Operations Manager at Grimsby & Immingham, and as Marketing Manager and Operations Manager at Hull. He later became Deputy Port Manager, Hull & Goole. While working at Hull, Matt was involved in the development of the contract extension, further investment and subsequent expansion of the Finland Terminal. He also worked extensively on the planning and application process for ABP’s new short-sea container facility at the port, which was granted Government approval in December 2005.

Peter M Stephenson:
Peter Stephenson is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Able Group of Companies, which he formed over 40 years ago. From being a leading and innovative specialist in complex demolition processes, the Company has developed into a major player across a number of fields. These include full site reclamation and associated property development in regenerating new from old. The landholding is over 1,600 hectares (3,950 acres).

The largest development is on the South Humber Bank – Able Humber Port (AHP).
The South Humber Bank is the last remaining strategic development site fronting a deepwater estuary in the UK and the largest employment land allocation in the Region. It is attracting significant global interest, with a predicted £3billion of investment over the next ten years.

Peter Stephenson, has been the central driving force in the development of the business. Peter has developed a large and diversified group through the personal application of his innate business sense, a penchant for practical innovation, an ability to attract, lead and motivate a strong team and – to put it bluntly – through hard work and persistence.