Wednesday, June 26, 2013

News: Kenny joins LEP board


Julie Kenny CBE DL, the chair and chief executive of award winning Rotherham company, Pyronix Limited, has been appointed to the board of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

LEPs, a collaboration between businesses and the local authorities that are placed at the heart of growth in the regions, are the government's new model to promote economic development. They provide the strategic leadership required to set out local economic priorities, and better reflect the natural economic geography of the areas they serve.

Paul Houghton, senior partner at chartered accountants, Grant Thornton, will also take up a place on the board, which now consists of ten private sector business leaders and nine local authority leaders.

James Newman, chairman of the Sheffield City Region LEP, said: "I look forward to officially welcoming Julie and Paul to the LEP at our Board meeting in July.

"Following the recruitment process, the LEP Board looks set to benefit from their skills which range from expertise in establishing and running a global business to delivering world-class financial services and advice.

"Our new board members will complement our LEP's outstanding private and public sector knowledge and commitment to driving economic growth in the Sheffield City Region."

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 has an annual turnover of £17m and exports to over 65 countries worldwide.

Recognised for her services to industry, Julie was awarded a CBE in 2002 in the New Years Honours list. In addition to running the business and being a full time single mother of three, Julie has taken on many other roles including appointment by the Secretary of State as an Intervention Commissioner with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, UK Commission of Employment and Skills and more recently, her appointment to the Office of High Sheriff of South Yorkshire for 2012/13.

Pyronix website
Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership website

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