The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has announced today that its chairman, Mark Pendlington, is to stand down from the role this autumn.
Mark will chair the organisation’s Annual General Meeting for the final time in September, marking the end of his three year term of office.
The LEP’s board unanimously agreed at its board meeting on Wednesday 19 July to appoint Doug Field, LEP board member and Joint Chief Executive at East of England Co-op, as its next chairman.
Mark, Group Director at Anglian Water, joined the board in 2011 and took on the role of LEP chairman in spring 2014, playing a leading role in the ongoing success of New Anglia LEP.
Under his leadership, the LEP has secured two Growth Deal allocations from central Government totalling £117.5 million, to be spent on projects to benefit the local area and economy. In his role as LEP chairman, Mark also jointly chaired the Great Eastern Mainline Taskforce, playing a leading role in securing a £1.4billion new franchise investment for the line which will deliver new state-of-the-art trains and improved services.
Doug joined the LEP board in December 2014. With 20 years finance and accounting experience across a variety of both professional services and industry Doug is now part of the East of England Co-op Leadership Team. He oversees the finances of the business and all aspects of technology from PCs to till points.
He said: “I am absolutely delighted to be selected by the LEP board to succeed Mark and to have the opportunity to help build on all that he has achieved over the past three years.
“The LEP is at the forefront of driving growth and opportunity across Norfolk and Suffolk and its role in bringing together business leaders and the public sector is as important now as it has ever been.
“As we prepare to launch our new Economic Strategy this autumn, I am really looking forward to leading the next exciting phase of our future plans.”
Mark said: “It has been a privilege to be the chairman of such a dynamic and high achieving organisation and to work in close collaboration with leaders from business, local government and education to help drive growth and opportunity across the East. I congratulate Doug on his appointment and wish him every success as the LEP enters a new and exciting phase of development.”
Mark remains as chairman until the LEP’s AGM on 20 September.
In accordance with New Anglia LEP’s Assurance Framework, nominations were sought from public and private sector board members for the appointment of a chair from among the LEP’s private sector board members. Doug’s nomination was unanimously supported by all board members.