Greater Manchester LEP: Board Appointments

In my article New North West LEPs Take Shape I explained the functions, history and purpose of local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) and mentioned that a proposal for a Greater Manchester LEP had been accepted. I can now report that it now has a new board.

The chair is Mike Blackburn, BT's regional director for the North-West (see "Mike Blackburn to head up LEP" on the New Economy Website 25 Feb 2011). The other appointees from industry are
• Keith Johnston - Partner and Head of North West Market, Addleshaw Goddard
• Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell - President and Vice Chancellor, University of Manchester
• Neil McArthur - Chairman and Head of Innovation, Talk Talk Technology
• Ken Knott - Chief Executive, Ask Developments Group Limited
• Peter Marks - Group Chief Executive, Co-operative Group
• Alison Tumilty - Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director, Rathbone Training Ltd
• Roger Milburn - Director, Ove Arup and Partners Ltd
• Scott Fletcher - Chairman, ANS Group.
The local authority members are Lord Peter Smith, Sir Richard Leese, Cllr Howard Sykes and Cllr Bob Bibby (see "LEP Board Appointments" 1 April 2011).