Vice Chancellor Susan Lea

Professor Susan Lea to chair new HEY LEP Innovation Board

University of Hull Vice-Chancellor Professor Susan Lea has been appointed as the Chair of the new Innovation and Transformation Board at the Hull & East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Professor Lea – already a Board member of the wider HEY LEP – said the University was “firmly committed to making a difference in the region in collaboration with key partners and stakeholders.”

The Innovation and Transformation Board will focus on promoting and sharing innovation within the business community, utilising the academic and research strengths of our region’s University and colleges.

It will also identify major projects or technologies, which could transform the region and ensure these opportunities are developed.

Professor Lea said: “I am delighted to have been asked to chair the LEP’s Transformation and Innovation Board.

“The University of Hull takes seriously its role as an anchor institution, and is firmly committed to making a difference in the region in collaboration with key partners and stakeholders.

“The University looks forward to working with others through this mechanism to lead, champion and facilitate innovation and deliver impact through transformation.”

The HEY LEP has this week announced four new sub-groups, each focused on different aspects of the Hull and East Yorkshire economy.

Deputy LEP Chair and Business Development Director at Wren Kitchens, Stephen Parnaby, will chair the Infrastructure Board with Jayne Adamson, LEP Board member and People Director at Humber Coast and Vale Partnership, leading the Employment and Skills Board.

The final board – the Business Support Board – will be chaired by and Gill Alton, LEP Board member and CEO of the TEC Partnership.

James Newman, Chair of the HEY LEP Board, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to appoint four excellent chairs of our new sub-Boards. Each of them brings with them significant leadership experience and knowledge of the region.

“Every sub-Board will play an important role in supporting the LEP Board in its various activities of developing and implementing the economic strategy for the region and monitoring progress on the strategy and other programmes being delivered by the LEP on behalf of the Government and Local Authorities.”

As the new Local Enterprise Partnership for the Hull and East Yorkshire region, HEY LEP is forming these sub-Boards to support and influence the work of the main LEP Board as they develop and implement an economic strategy for the new HEY region in conjunction with its public sector partners.

The LEP is recruiting for members for these sub-Boards. Applying for a place on one of the LEP’S sub-Boards is an opportunity for anyone with valuable lived experience in such sectors as digital, SME and social enterprise within the region’s business community to help shape the economic direction of Hull and East Yorkshire.

Find out more, and submit an expression of interest here.

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