Chair of Council
Julia was appointed as a lay member of Council on 27 November 2014. Her previous business roles include CEO and Partner of law firm, Wilkin Chapman LLP, where she spent the majority of her career, taking the firm to 105th in the UK by turnover and a major regional employer. She served on the Chamber Council for Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce where she was one of the Business Award judges. Julia holds a BSc from the University of St Andrews and MBA from the University of Hull and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. A former Governor of Caistor Grammar School, where she Chaired the Personnel and Pay Committees, prior to that she also Chaired Caistor Primary School’s PTA. Julia is a Trustee of the charity Bloodwise, a member of the Grimsby Branch of Bloodwise and is a volunteer and co-ordinator for Caistor Cares, a charity which aims to reduce isolation in the elderly in the local community.
Born in Lincoln, Ursula Lidbetter is the Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Co-operative.Ursula has been instrumental in setting up the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park in a joint venture with the University of Lincoln. Plans are also coming to fruition for a redevelopment of Lincoln’s city centre to create enhanced retail and leisure space and a new transport hub. She took over as Chair of the national Co-operative Group from 2013 to 2015, during a difficult and turbulent time, overseeing a radical overhaul of its governance, management and business.Ursula graduated from the University of Hull in 1984, with a 1st class honours degree in operational research and management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries. She holds honorary doctorates from the University of Hull and Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. She is Chair of Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership and is a deputy Lieutenant of Lincolnshire.
After graduating in 1992 Dominic qualified as a chartered Surveyor in 1995 whilst with national practise Rapleys. Dominic Joined Hull based property development and investment company Wykeland in 1996. He joined the Board of Wykeland Properties in 1999, was appointed to the Group Board in 2003 and became Managing Director in 2009. As well as having a property portfolio that stretches from Grimsby to Glasgow Wykeland have a current £400M commercial property development programme within the Yorkshire and Humber region. He is also a Governor at Hymers College, chairing their Estates and Capital Works Committee and is a Trustee of Holy Trinity Church Developments.