Saturday, June 25, 2022

New chair appointed to East Midlands Freeport

The East Midlands Freeport, the UK’s only inland freeport, has announced that Nora Senior CBE, has been appointed non-executive chairperson of the board, on an initial 3-year term.

Over the course of a 30-year career in industry, Nora has held a number of senior leadership positions, latterly as group executive chair of global communications and government relations consultancy, Weber Shandwick, and previously with Saatchi and Saatchi.

In these roles, she has advised clients across a wide range of sectors, including ports, property/construction, energy, finance, healthcare, technology and FMCG, delivering multi-country programmes including China, Europe, the USA and Africa.

Nora has extensive experience at non-exec board level in both public and private sector organisations, having been president of British Chambers of Commerce and presently as a board member of International Chambers of Commerce, which has UN observer status.

She is also an external member of the House of Lords Commission and is a previous regional adviser to the London Stock Exchange. She remains an international trade emissary for Chambers of Commerce. Nora’s regional links include being vice chair of council at the University of Nottingham.

Nora Senior said: “I am delighted to take on this important role and look forward to building on the significant work which has already been undertaken on EMF.

“I believe the freeport will be a catalyst for showcasing the strengths of the region in terms of technology, manufacturing and innovation, attracting new investment in these areas and driving economic growth and social benefit in the East Midlands.

“I look forward to working with the board and wider team to deliver the ambitions of this unique freeport and increase momentum and visibility around the programmes to attract global trade and investment.”

Nora Senior will transition into the role, taking over from Penny Coates, who has been acting interim chairperson of EMF during its founding phase, and who led the board successfully to complete the Outline Business Case submission.

Commenting on the appointment of Nora Senior, Penny Coates said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the East Midlands Freeport board and the team at EY as interim chairperson for the last year. We have developed a successful business case and reached the point of the tax sites achieving designation and beginning to trade.

“This milestone allows us to appoint a permanent board and I am delighted to welcome Nora Senior as the chair of that board. Nora has superb international development expertise and the time to steer EMF towards the considerable potential that it offers for our region. I would like to thank everybody involved for the support and cooperation that they have shown me as interim chairperson during the development phase and wish Nora every success going forwards.”

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