Cheshire and Warrington LEP announces new Board Members

Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the organisation responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Cheshire and Warrington economy, has announced the appointment of five new members to its Board.

Under the Nolan rules, a number of existing Board members had reached the end of their terms, and the LEP had a wealth of interest from the best of the region’s business talent to take their place.

Following the reappointment of Christine Gaskell last month as Chair for a further three years, the LEP is delighted to announce the new Board members joining her to bring a wealth of experience across a number of key areas including commercial property, regeneration, public/private sector investments and the pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and charity sectors. They are:

  • Graeme Bristow, Alderley Park Site Leader, AstraZeneca
  • Gary Steen, Chief Technology Officer, TalkTalk Plc
  • Christopher Hindley, Chief Executive, Youth Federation
  • Stephen Kinsey, solicitor and partner, Addleshaw Goddard LLP
  • John Downes, Managing Director, Langtree

Existing Board Members, Pete Waterman and Tim Wheeler, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, have also been reappointed to the Board for a further three years.

Christine Gaskell, Chair of Cheshire and Warrington LEP, said: “The role, work and influence of the LEP has grown considerably over the last six years. This is a really exciting time for us as we work to exploit the huge opportunities offered by the arrival of HS2 and the wealth of science assets in the Cheshire Science Corridor.
“I’m confident that our new Board members will make a valuable contribution in supporting this agenda as we work to build on Cheshire and Warrington’s reputation as a great place to live, work and invest.

“I would like to thank our outgoing Board Members for their exceptional contribution to the LEP’s success over the last six years.”

The LEP Board is a partnership between the private sector and local authorities, and is predominately private sector led. It oversees and governs the LEP’s investment programme of around £1/3 billion, and its central role in delivering the region’s ambitions to become a £50 billion economy by 2040.