Dynamic quartet of new faces appointed to Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership board

GFirst LEP board champions

A new Vice Chair and three new ‘Champion’ roles have been announced by Ruth Dooley, GFirst LEP Chair and Partner at Hazlewoods.

These roles will help shape and strengthen the strategic vision of GFirst LEP, by gaining in-depth knowledge of core objectives that the LEP have identified. In addition to the Vice Chair role there is a new Net Zero Champion, a Small Business Champion and an Equality and Diversity Champion.

Ruth Dooley HazlewoodsRuth said “Ruth said “I am delighted to appoint Ian, Emma, Nicola and Deborah to these roles. By appointing these committed individuals to these key positions, we can continue to make timely and measured decisions on the LEP Board, that will benefit all of Gloucestershire.”

Ian Mean has been appointed as Vice Chair, his role will be to support and assist Ruth as Chair. Speaking of his appointment Ian said: “I am passionate about helping business in Gloucestershire and supporting the economy of this great county.”

Emma Hanby will be taking on the role of Net Zero Champion. Emma will be on hand to help the county navigate Net Zero and report back to the Board.

Nicola Bird has been appointed as the Small Business Champion to enable the voice of small businesses and empower SMEs to thrive in the global economy.

Nicola will work alongside the LEP’s Business Groups, the ‘engine-room’, comprising of experts in their field who advise on business and economic growth decisions, to help Gloucestershire improve its skills, increase its innovation and reach its economic potential.

Deborah Potts is the new Equalities & Diversity Champion – the role will actively promote, celebrate and raise awareness of equality and diversity within the LEP and ensure all staff and board members are aware of their responsibilities.