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The membership of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s new Advisory Board has been announced as it met for the first time this morning.

The Advisory Board, which is made up of leading business figures from around the Humber, exists to scrutinise and support the Humber LEP’s activities.  It will act as a “sounding board” for the LEP Board and direct the work of the Humber LEP Forum, which was launched in February to involve the wider business community and stakeholders in the LEP’s work.

At its meeting today the two main items of discussion were the LEP’s draft Plan for the Humber, which sets out the main priorities for growing the Humber economy, and new proposals for small business support.  Both items are due to be finalised by the LEP Board on Friday.

Over 50 people applied for a place on the 22-strong Advisory Board in an open recruitment process.

Advisory Board Chair Richard Tuplin said: “The number and standard of applications we received clearly showed the level of commitment and attitude from the Humber business community. The aim of the Advisory Board is to bring all the key organisations from the area together so we can support and grow the local economy grasping every opportunity, to support Lord Haskins and the LEP Board and finally support each other. Now it’s time to get down to business!”

Humber LEP Chair Lord Haskins said: “I am impressed by the number of experienced and knowledgeable businesspeople who have again put themselves forward to support the LEP’s work.  We have got a high calibre Advisory Board who will play a crucial role as a sounding board to the LEP and help us to consult with the business community on our plans and priorities.”

Advisory Board members


  • Richard Tuplin, Institute of Directors

Business networks

  • Phil Ascough, Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce
  • Carolyn Burgess, World Trade Centre Hull & Humber
  • Tony Cosgrove, Hull Business Forum
  • Jim Dick, Bondholders
  • Andrew Horncastle, For Entrepreneurs Only
  • Mark O’Reilly, Team Humber Marine Alliance
  • Nigel Wilkinson, Federation of Small Businesses


  • Ian Altass, Wide Range Services
  • Steve Bell, KC
  • Andrew Burnell, City Health Care Partnership CIC
  • Rory Clarke, Rix
  • Graham Cross, GX Danbrit
  • Ian Dixon, North Lincolnshire Homes
  • Richard Frostick, Ernst & Young LLP
  • William King, BG Solicitors LLP
  • Sukhvinder Marjara, Sykamore Lodge Care Home
  • Sue Middlehurst, Grimsby Institute
  • Mike Pennington, Mail News & Media
  • Malcolm Scott, Scotts Property
  • Richard Stansfield, Singleton Birch
  • Richard Wellham, HBP Systems