Acting President appointed for the Local Business Partnership


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The South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has announced that Lucy Nickson will be the Acting Chair of LEP from January 2022.

She will be in office from January until the mayoral election in May next year.

LEP is responsible for representing private sector companies and setting the strategic direction for economic growth in South Yorkshire.

Nickson will succeed James Muir, who has chaired South Yorkshire LEP since 2019.

South Yorkshire Mayor Dan Jarvis said: “Lucy is an extremely valued member of LEP and has been an excellent Vice-President during an extremely difficult time for business.

“She was instrumental in shaping the strategic economic plan, and I know she will continue to be a great champion of South Yorkshire and do a great job as interim president.”

Nickson said: “I am proud to take on the role of Acting Chairman of South Yorkshire LEP.

“I look forward to working with the LEP Board and its many partners as we continue to make a positive difference for South Yorkshire communities and their prosperity.

“Throughout the pandemic, I have been so impressed with how the LEP board, the mayor, local government leaders, the wider business community and the management team have come together. united to support our businesses and people.

“I am fully committed to South Yorkshire’s strong partnership approach, and will do my best to expand our work as we come together to transform the economy and society, drive our COVID recovery and start implementing implement the region’s strategic economic plan. . “

Nickson has been Vice President of South Yorkshire LEP since September 2018. She currently runs a charity that supports NHS trauma patients in the UK.

She has extensive CEO experience in the health charitable sector, but has also worked in public and private sector organizations as a senior executive throughout her career.

In 2017, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine, MD (Hon) from the University of Sheffield, in recognition of her influence and work in palliative and end-of-life care services in the region.

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