Sunday, May 27, 2012

News: Still looking forward to LEP role


Ben Still, the current director of strategy at the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), will start work as the chief executive of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in the middle of June.

He will replace the current executive director, Sylvia Yates, who will be retiring at the end of May.

Ben said: "I look forward to starting work as Chief Executive of the LEP next month and working with the Board, its many regional and national partners and the rest of the Executive Team.

"I believe in the LEP's vision and I look forward to taking forward its important work in leading the City Region’s economic agenda, which will create conditions for business growth and job creation."

James Newman, chairman of the LEP board, added: "The Board looks forward to welcoming Ben to the Local Enterprise Partnership. Ben will play a pivotal role in leading the LEP to achieving its priorities, which are focused on creating a City Region in which companies want to invest and people want to work, live, visit and study."

Sylvia Yates has worked in South Yorkshire for the last twelve years, firstly as director of Objective 1 and latterly, over the last four years, as director of the Sheffield City Forum and then working with the private sector and the city region's Local Authorities to set up the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Sylvia said: "It has been a fantastic 12 years working in South Yorkshire, which is the area where I grew up. The Sheffield City Region is home to some truly great people, it has lots of amazing assets and I have no doubt it has an exciting future."

James Newman, added: "Sylvia's determination and significant knowledge of how national and local government works have been so important in the creation of the LEP and has put the Sheffield City Region on a firm footing and on the national map. On behalf of all the LEP Board members, I would like to thank her for all her hard work, advice and wise counsel and wish her a long and happy retirement."

Sheffield City Region website

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