Monday, December 6, 2010

News: Julie Kenny appointed chair of Yorkshire Forward


Julie Kenny CBE DL, the managing director of award winning Rotherham company, Pyronix Ltd, has been appointed as the new Chair of Yorkshire Forward.

Julie will will formally take over from the current Yorkshire Forward Chair Terry Hodgkinson on December 14 and continue to hold the post until the organisation closes in March 2012.

Julie founded Pyronix in 1986 and is Chairman, CEO and majority shareholder of its parent company Secure Holdings Ltd.

Based in Hellaby, Pyronix manufactures an extensive range of electronic security equipment for intruder alarms. Right from the start, there was keen focus on innovation and quality that enabled the company to obtain an initial toehold in the market place. The company now exports more than 50% of its annual turnover to 65 countries around the world.

Since 1984 Julie has been involved in serving the business community and is currently board member of Creative Sheffield and Yorkshire Forward, is Chair of Governors at Maltby Academy and is on the Board of Governors at Mount St Mary's College. Julie has recently been appointed by Government as one of three commissioners to oversee improvements of governance at Doncaster Council.

In recognition of her contribution to the regions business and industry, Julie was awarded a CBE in the 2002 New Year's Honours List and in 2006 was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University in recognition of her "outstanding contribution to Industry and the life of the region".

Vince Cable, Secretary for Business, Innovation & Skills said: "I am delighted to appoint Julie Kenny as the new Chair of Yorkshire Forward.

"Julie's impressive experience and business know-how will be vital in the ongoing work to wind down the regional development agencies. She will play an important role in what is set to be a challenging and complex time for development agencies across the country and her leadership qualities will allow for this process to happen as smoothly as possible."

Julie said: "I am delighted to be appointed to the role of Chair of Yorkshire Forward, to lead an organisation which has, for the last 10 years, existed simply to make a difference to the development of Yorkshire and Humber's economy for the benefit of its businesses and citizens into the future.

"In this close down period I am committed to ensuring the legacy of YF is the best it can be and that we work hard to continue to ensure that we see the economic benefits from our work in the years to come.

"We will continue to deliver our existing programme of work in conjunction with our partners and we will support our staff throughout this time of transition and in so doing we shall ensure the professional closure of the organisation in March 2012."

The coalition government has agreed to support the creation of Local Enterprise Partnerships to replace RDAs.

Yorkshire Forward website
Pyronix website

Images: Pyronix


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