New members of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Business Board announced

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP) last month (19 April 2016) announced the recruitment of five new members for their Business Board.

An extensive recruitment exercise, which sought to identify enthusiastic and knowledgeable business representatives with a commitment to Worcestershire, resulted in the appointment of:

  • Stuart Allen, Founder and Managing Director of #WorcestershireHour (Worcester Enterprise Ltd)
  • Jennifer Appleton, Operations Director of ISO Quality Services Ltd
  • Robert Champion, Partner at Halls
  • James Pritchard, Managing Director of Heartbeat Manufacturing Limited
  • James Speller, Pre Construction Director at Speller Metcalfe.

The purpose of the WLEP Business Board is for key business interests in Worcestershire to come together in one forum and contribute diverse business perspectives, knowledge and expertise to support flourishing enterprise.

These voluntary representatives act in an advisory capacity, informing and influencing the decisions of the WLEP Board to ensure the voices of local businesses are heard as well as being a conduit to facilitate wider engagement with leaders in the business, public and third sector communities.

Roy Irish from Financial Partnership and Support, Jacqui Bayliss from Harris Lamb, Bob Brown from the Institute of Directors and Zad Padda from Vicarage Nurseries, have stepped down having served their term on the Business Board, and have been thanked for their dedication and significant contributions.

The new members will now join the other 16 private sector representatives on the Business Board who are from varying business sizes and sectors as well as the main business representative organisations.

Mark Martin, Director and Owner of One Creative Environments and Chair of the Worcestershire LEP Business Board, said: “On behalf of everyone at the Worcestershire LEP I would like to thank the members of the Business Board who have completed their term for their significant contributions and unwavering dedication.

“The Business Board has a two-way relationship with the WLEP Board and also works to address the big issues and solutions that would stimulate business growth and create jobs in the local economy. I look forward to welcoming our new members who I am sure will add a wealth of knowledge and support to the work of the Business Board.”