Business partnership welcomes two new board members

Following its claim to be able to double the size of our economy in eighteen years from 2018, the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)seems to have been keeping a low profile, eclipsed by another unelected, unaccountable, pressure group calling itself “The Great South West”. 

This august body hosted a reception in the House of Lords last month.

Remember. the power behind the GSW economic strategy is none other than Pennon, the South West’s biggest employer and parent company of South West Water. So profit before investment – just what we need in the region! – Owl

Adam Manning 

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has welcomed two new board members for 2023. 

The latest people to join the board are Helen Higgs, Head of Construction Workforce Capability at EDF Energy, and Mark Bolton, Principal and CEO at Yeovil College.

The Heart of the South West LEP’s Board works to improve economic development and prosperity in Devon.

The Board also oversees the LEP’s delivery of infrastructure, business support and skills projects, worth three-quarters of a billion pounds, being delivered by 2025.

Karl Tucker, Chair of the Heart of the South West LEP, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Helen and Mark to the Board, bringing with them a wealth of experience across education, clean energy, and skills.

“We look forward to working with our Board members this year as we continue to navigate the region’s challenges, and work with Government and local businesses to realise our area’s unique opportunities.”

Helen said: “I’m extremely pleased to have been invited to join the LEP Board. This is a great opportunity to support the collaborative skills initiatives that will face the future clean energy agenda for the region.

“I believe that there is great strength in the South West in this sector, which will deliver future employment pathways and be a natural legacy segway from my area of nuclear new build at Hinkley Point C.”

Mark said: “My colleague John Laramy from Exeter College held this position for the previous three years as the Further Education and Skills voice for the Heart of South West LEP, and I am delighted to represent the college, wider education and skills perspectives for the next term of office.

“It is a unique opportunity to ensure that the voice to inform future workforce needs is present in discussions which shape our future in the Heart of the South West.

“What our capable workforce can do has such a profound impact on the success and prosperity of our community, and it is a privilege to be in a position to make that contribution to inform the plan for our place.”

Find out about the Heart of the South West LEP’s board members: