Monday, January 9, 2012

News: Sheffield City Region appoints inward investment director


The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership has appointed experienced global businesswoman Ellen Cutler as inward investment director.

Ellen will be responsible for targeting companies across the UK and overseas in a number of the Sheffield City Region's (SCR) identified priority sectors, to invest in the region to create growth in economic activity and jobs. This will include promoting the SCR's Enterprise Zone.

Ellen's role will also include developing strong relationships with UK Trade and Industry (UKTI), the Government-sponsored organisation set up to promote inward investment into the UK, as well as raising the profile of the Sheffield City Region and all it has to offer.

She will also work alongside other organisations across the whole of the SCR, including the existing business support agencies of the Local Authorities, private sector partners, Chambers of Commerce and Universities.

Ellen has extensive global inward investment experience with both the public and private sectors and recently held the position of Head of Enquiry Management with the PA Consulting Group – the organisation awarded the contract for delivering UKTI's foreign direct investment objectives across the UK.

Previously she has worked at strategic and Board level with the South West of England Regional Development Agency and Scottish Enterprise, Scotland's enterprise, innovation and investment agency.

American-born Ellen held a number of key posts within Scottish Enterprise from 1998 to 2008 and in particular was responsible for developing linkages between technology companies in Scotland and North America, including Virginia, Texas, California and Florida.

Before that, she was Director of Trade and International Relations with the Economic Development Commission of Mid-Florida.

Ellen said: "The Sheffield City Region LEP has already established a reputation nationally for being ahead of the game and I am therefore delighted to be part of its future.

"I look forward to working with David and the rest of the LEP Board to capitalise on the many advantages and assets of the SCR and to continue to strengthen the local economy through inward investment and job creation."

James Newman, Chairman of the LEP Board. "This is the first high level appointment made by the LEP Board on behalf of the whole City Region and demonstrates the extent of the collaboration now emerging between the Local Authorities as well as working together in partnership with the private sector.

"Ellen and her team will play a pivotal role in achieving the LEP's high aspirations, and in enabling us to compete as "best in class" when it comes to attracting investment – and most importantly job creation – to the Sheffield City Region."

Sheffield City Region website


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