LEP Board appoints business experts

Published 25th June 2013 at 10:52am

Next month, two of the Sheffield City Region’s business leaders will join the organisation responsible for driving economic growth and creating jobs in the area.

Following a full and independent selection process, the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has appointed Julie Kenny CBE DL and Paul Houghton to the Board.

The addition of two new members brings the total number of Board members to nineteen – ten of which are private sector business leaders and nine are local authority leaders including the Mayor of Doncaster.

James Newman, Chairman of the Sheffield City Region LEP, said:

“I look forward to officially welcoming Julie and Paul to the LEP at our Board meeting in July.

“Following the recruitment process, the LEP Board looks set to benefit from their skills which range from expertise in establishing and running a global business to delivering world-class financial services and advice.

“Our new board members will complement our LEP’s outstanding private and public sector knowledge and commitment to driving economic growth in the Sheffield City Region.”

Julie Kenny

Julie Kenny (pictured above) is the founder, Chair and Chief Executive of Pyronix Limited, which manufactures electronic security equipment for intruder alarms. Pyronix has an annual turnover of £17m and exports to over 65 countries worldwide.

On accepting her place on the LEP Board, Julie said:

“As an advanced manufacturing entrepreneur, I see the importance of the LEP in providing the conditions for innovative businesses to develop their ideas and achieve their full growth potential.

“Over the past eighteen years, I have worked across a wide spectrum of organisations, specialising in helping SMEs to grow, and working with Government to remove the barriers to their success.

“I look forward to collaborating with other LEP Board members and contributing to the Sheffield City Region’s Growth Plan.”

Paul Houghton (main picture) is a Senior Partner at Grant Thornton, and has worked at the international firm’s offices in Yorkshire since 2003. Paul leads the Sheffield office of over 100 partners and staff, as well as giving professional advice to a portfolio of global clients.

On accepting his place on the LEP Board, Paul said:

“I am looking forward to starting work with the Sheffield City Region LEP Board from next month.

“Through my work at Grant Thornton, it’s become clear that the LEP has a central role in stimulating economic growth and creating jobs for UK plc.

“Grant Thornton is passionate about supporting business growth, which is why we see freeing up some of my time to work on the LEP Board as an investment in developing business in the Sheffield City Region.”

The Sheffield City Region LEP brings together business leaders and local politicians to make decisions that create substantial economic growth and real jobs.