Ursula Lidbetter is stepping down as Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership after nine years at the helm.
Ms Lidbetter, CEO of the Lincolnshire Co-op, was the first Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP when it was created back in 2010. LEP directors may serve for a maximum of nine years.
The search for a new Chair will now begin. Until an appointment is made the LEP’s Deputy Chair Pat Doody will act as Interim Chair.
“It’s been a privilege to serve as Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership since it was formed. The difference we’ve made can be seen from the Humber to the Wash in better infrastructure, innovation and business growth, university and college provision,” said Ms Lidbetter.
“The LEP has brought people from business and the public sector together with government to develop our ambitious Strategic Economic Plan and emerging Local Industrial Strategy which guide our effort and investment.
“Major projects include the Food Enterprise Zones in Holbeach and Grimsby, the Grantham Southern Relief Road and the Lincoln Transport Hub. We’ve also invested in sustainable transport including in Go Skegness, where there’s also a new business park on the way.
“While investing in physical assets we’ve worked equally hard to ensure that we develop the skills locally to start and grow great businesses and create good jobs. So we’ve invested in the Lincoln Medical School, new university campuses in Grantham and Scunthorpe and digital training centres in Stamford and Lincoln. Our Growth Hub has supported more than 24,000 businesses who want to grow and succeed.
“We’ve been fortunate that so many local people from business and the public sector have given their time and talent to the LEP and I’ve enjoyed working with them and learning from them. Over 100 businesses also work at national and international level through Team Lincolnshire to promote the area to potential investors.
“Over my nine years as Chair we’ve grown in our ambition and proved our ability to transform this place while retaining our quality of life. I look forward to seeing the next chapter unfold.”
Ms Lidbetter steps down at the end of December.