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Eight new directors join Humber LEP board

EIGHT new board members have joined Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, with senior figures from key sectors of food, finance ports and process operations bolstering the bridge between business and Westminster. 

Eight new directors join Humber LEP board

Simon Bird, the director for Associated British Ports’ Humber operations joins the team tasked with driving the economy, alongside Young’s Seafood chief executive Bill Showalter; Phillips 66 general manager Darren Cunningham and HCF Catch chairman and On Line Design and Engineering managing director Brendan Conlan.

There’s a big skills win too, with Scunthorpe’s North Lindsey College principal and chief executive Anne Tyrrell joining alongside Jeanette Dawson, chief executive of Bishop Burton.

Ian Plunkett, senior office partner at PwC's Hull office and Richard Tuplin, regional managing director of insurance operation Jelf/Marsh complete the additions.

The LEP team said there were a high number of applications with a competitive interview process.

Lord Haskins, above, who remains chairman of Humber LEP, said: “I am always impressed by the number of highly qualified and experienced people who are prepared to give up their time to support what the LEP is doing. Their commitment and enthusiasm is a great asset for this region.

“We received a high number of applications to join our board, and the selection process was very competitive. We feel confident that our board has selected the best members to assist in driving the growth and sustainability of the Humber economy.

“Our partners, the four local authorities and our current board members will be joined by eight experienced new members, who all want the best for the Humber.”

Mr Bird takes the role as the man leading ports that handle 70 million tonnes across a range of sectors. Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole have a collective turnover of around £300 million, employing more than 1,000 people.

Mr Showalter has been chief executive of Young’s Seafood Ltd since last year. It is the UK market leader in frozen and chilled seafood with revenues of £500 million.

Mr Conlon runs engineering operations in Immingham, Grimsby and Hessle, providing design solutions to companies natinally. On Line turns over £36 million and employs around 700 staff, both agency and contract personnel. HCF Catch represents more than 350 companies, mainly in the chemicals sector, from the beacon Stallingborough base.

Mr Cunningham returned to Humber Refinery at the start of the year, having begun his career in petrochemicals in 1985.

Mr Plunkett, senior office partner at PwC's Hull office and leader of East Yorkshire & Humber practice, has worked in

North of England, London and the Middle East, where he led PwC's Assurance practice in Abu Dhabi.

Mr Tuplin oversees the East Region of five offices (Hull, Hessle, Grimsby, Lincoln and York) with the regional offices employing around 170 staff with revenue of £11 million. He was appointed into the MD role last month following the acquisition of Bluefin by Jelf/Marsh.

Mrs Tyrell has been principal and chief executive of North Lindsey College since 2012, taking it from a position of financial weakness to one of outstanding financial health.

Mrs Dawson has been in her role for 14 years, a tenure including the acquisition of a failing college in Lincolnshire and the successful integration of it into the Bishop Burton business model.

Anne Laudage, Gary Warke, Nina Stobart, Lindsay West and Malcolm Scott are leaving the board, with Tim Rix, Stephen Savage, David Kilburn, Gary Young, Isobel Mills CBE, Dr Paul Sewell OBE and Graham Cross remaining.

The four unitary authorities are represented by Councillors Rob Waltham, Peter Wheatley, Stephen Brady and Stephen Parnaby OBE.

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