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The Yorkshire LEP’s – All you need to know at one event!
Tuesday, 29th May 2012 @ 1600hrs - 1900hrs
The Yorkshire LEP’s – All you need to know at one event! | Event
Neil recently retired as the Managing Partner of DLA Piper’s office in Leeds, the largest office in EMEA outside of London but is continuing his work with the firm as a Consultant.. DLA Piper is one of the largest law firms in the world, having very successfully developed from its Yorkshire base over the last 15 years to now incorporate 3,700 lawyers in 28 countries and 66 offices around the world. Neil has been a voluble supporter of the regeneration and redevelopment of the region, its commerce and industry and is regularly consulted by the media on commercial and economic matters of interest. His firm supports charitable and community projects in the region through many organisations. He has historically served on the Leeds Skills Board and is currently a director of the Leeds York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and is Chairman of the Board of Governors of Leeds City College one of the largest F.E colleges in the UK. Both of these roles give Neil a clear understanding of the needs of the regional economy and the issues and opportunities for identifying and delivering the regional skills identity. Neil is Chair of the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, the largest LEP outside of London.
James is the first Chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board, established in November 2010. He is also the Chairman of two Public companies, senior Non-Executive Director of two others, Chairman of Finance Yorkshire and a former Master Cutler and is well-known across the City Region’s business community. He has recently retired as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Governors at Sheffield Hallam University. James is a Yorkshireman born and bred with a career spanning more than 35 years, which includes senior roles with a large number of different industries including manufacturing, services and utilities. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Barry Dodd began working life as a graduate trainee with ICI, spending five years within ICI management working in New York, London and Teesside. He left when the urge to work for himself got the better of him. He founded his first company in Thirsk, North Yorkshire as a two person start up. Through organic growth and 15 acquisitions, what is now the Global Service and Manufacturing Group www.gsmgroup.co.uk has grown to become the largest manufacturer of industrial graphic products in Europe. In the UK, GSM Group run 4 manufacturing plants and two software companies. GSM companies have won many business awards and appeared in several best practice videos. A typical serial entrepreneur, Barry is also Founder, Chairman and 50% shareholder of Varlink a York based, fast growing, distributor of mobile computing solutions. Varlink was a start up company in 2007. In 2008 Barry formed the GSM Charitable Trust. The Trust will hold all GSM Group shares for the future benefit of employees. The company will be owned and run on similar lines to the John Lewis Partnership. Ten years ago Barry decided to devote one day per week to unpaid public service and he now holds a wide variety of positions, including Chair of the York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership. Other current positions include member of the UK Automotive Industry Council, Chaired by Vince Cable, Chair of CO2Sense Yorkshire. Barry was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to Business.
Lord Haskins is the former chairman of Northern Foods and Express Dairies and has been appointed chairman of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership. He is currently a member of the Lords’ Cabinet Office Equality and Reform Group Board, Pro-Chancellor of the Open University and a non-executive Director of JSR Farms Ltd. As a former Board member of Yorkshire Forward Regional Development Agency (1998-2008), he has a wealth of experience in regional development and regeneration. Lord Haskins was appointed by an independent selection panel after an open recruitment process for private sector members of the LEP Board. As well as chairing the LEP’s Board meetings and representing the LEP in public, Lord Haskins will also lead meetings with Ministers and be the LEP’s voice in Whitehall and Parliament.