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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Trio join Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership board

Three new faces have joined the board of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.

Katie Milbourn photo
Katie Milbourn

Graham Lamont, Marna McMillin and Katie Milbourn replace Michael Cowen, Fred Story and Maria Whitehead who have stepped down.

Local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) were set up by the Coalition Government to bring together business people and the public sector to lead economic regeneration in the English regions.

They have private sector-led boards and are, in effect, replacements for the previous government’s regional development agencies, although they lack the funding that development agencies had. Cumbria’s LEP began functioning in 2011.

It announced in December that it wanted to “refresh” its board of directors and invited applications. None of the directors is paid.

Mr Lamont is managing partner of chartered accountant Lamont Pridmore. He is also a chartered secretary, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and a member of the Chartered Association of Certificated Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Management and the Institute of Management Consultants.

Mrs Milbourn, a former land agent with PF&K in Penrith, set up Walby Farm Park near Carlisle with her husband Neil in 2008.

It has won many awards, including National Farm Attraction of the Year. Ms McMillin is a former civil servant and tax inspector who went on to work for accountants Price Waterhouse and KPMG where she was a partner for 13 years.

She subsequently set up and still runs an eco-tourism business near Cockermouth and is chief executive of Energy4All, a not-for-profit social enterprise in Barrow.

Rob Johnston, chief executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, is chairman of Cumbria LEP’s private-sector advisory panel. He said: “All private sector appointments are for a limited period as we want to keep the board fresh and vibrant, something business people feel they can actively get involved in.”

He added there had been “strong interest” from business people wanting to join the board. The LEP board is made up of equal numbers of private and public-sector representatives with a private-sector chairman, currently George Beveridge of Nuclear Management Partners (Sellafield).

The other private-sector members are Jackie Arnold of BAE Systems, who is vice chairman, and Stephen Broughton of Lindeth Howe Hotel/Mountain Goat. The public-sector representatives are Eddie Martin from Cumbria County, Elaine Woodburn of Copeland Council, Gordon Nicolson of Eden Council, Dave Pidduck of Barrow Council, Bill Jefferson of the Lake District National Park, and Moira Tattersall, of Carlisle College.

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