Posted on Dec 05, 2018
Brenda McLeish has joined two other top businesswomen from the region in adding their voices to a group that helps drive economic transformation across the region. Brenda McLeish, Vikki Jackson-Smith and Annabel Turpin have all joined the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) following a drive for diversity earlier this year. Brenda is the CEO of one of the UK’s largest training providers, Learning Curve Group, which delivers a broad range of education and training programmes across diverse industry sectors to around 120,000 learners each year.
The LEP, chaired by former Sabic UK Chairman Paul Booth OBE, works closely with the wider business community and other partners to drive forward economic growth and job creation in the area. It works in partnership with Mayor Houchen, the Tees Valley Combined Authority, and the five Council Leaders.
In September, a call was made for new members to strengthen private sector representation and increase diversity in the group, with the aim of having a 50/50 split of male and female business representatives by 2020. Following the application process, Ms McLeish, Ms Jackson-Smith and Ms Turpin were appointed. Brenda McLeish said: “I’m very pleased to be able to add my experience to the mix of the LEP. We have some fantastic leaders on the LEP and I hope my background in providing education, training and skills can add a different dimension to what we can offer, especially with all of the great skills initiatives being launched by the Combined Authority.”
Paul Booth, LEP Chair, said: “These new appointments are three brilliant examples of people from organisations that are committed to our area and dedicated to seeing it succeed. Our already accomplished LEP is now even stronger thanks to Brenda, Vikki and Annabel, and their wealth of experience. “I’m looking forward to working with them, and the Combined Authority, to help shape the plans that will transform our area and to talk up Tees Valley. This is just the tip of the iceberg in our ambitions to represent every element of our varied and dynamic business and cultural community, and make sure their voices are heard.”
The Tees Valley Combined Authority is a partnership of five authorities; Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees, working closely with the business community and other partners to make local decisions to support the growth of our economy.