Two senior politicians and a high-profile figure in the building industry have joined the board of enterprise agency Erewash Partnership.
The new directors are councillors Carol Hart and Tony King and Ian Hodgkinson, director of builders Hodgkinson, based at Pride Park, Derby, who started his business in Ilkeston.
In May last year, Councillor Hart became the first female leader of Erewash Borough Council and she is now deputy mayor. A resident of West Hallam, she has been a member of the council since 2001 and represents West Hallam and Dale Abbey. She has also been a member of Derbyshire County Council since 2005, representing Breadsall and West Hallam, and serves as the cabinet member with responsibility for health and communities.
Also appointed is Councillor King, who lives in Ilkeston, joined the county authority in May, representing Ilkeston West. He is the cabinet member responsible for economic development and regeneration. Career-wise, he was initially involved in engineering, including at board level for a public company.
He worked for the former East Midlands Development Agency as innovation manager for transport equipment and also for Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership. As a freelance, he works for Innovate UK.
Ian Hodgkinson’s business supplies skilled bricklayers for a range of projects, locally, nationally and internationally. His business has been a driving force behind the newly-created National Construction Academy.
That centre, dedicated to encouraging young people to join the construction industry, was officially opened by television presenter Nick Knowles of the BBC’s DIY:SOS programme. Ian has also been involved in projects featured on television.
Ian is involved in a project to transform a hall at St Martin’s Methodist Church, in Allenton, Derby, into a vibrant community hub after creating a community space at Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s 3aaa ground in Derby.
Ian Viles, Partnership chief executive, said: “The board is delighted to have welcomed three new high-calibre directors. They bring a wide variety of top-level experience coupled with strong local knowledge and a passion for helping the Partnership deliver regeneration and enterprise projects.”
The Partnership, which has its headquarters in Long Eaton, helps boost the economy of Erewash by various activities, particularly helping people start a business and then nurturing them to grow. In the past financial year it helped entrepreneurs set up 55 businesses, organised 370 advisory sessions and gave practical support to more than 100 established businesses.