BIG-HITTING LEP CHAIR TO STEP DOWN
The big-hitting chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has announced he does not intend to continue in the role after his term of office concludes at the end of the year.
Sir Nigel Knowles, the chairman of law firm DWF and former global co-chairman of DLA Piper, has represented the Sheffield City Region at the highest levels across the world.
At a LEP board meeting today Sir Nigel revealed he is to step down as LEP chair and take on a bespoke role as special adviser to the Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis on international trade and investment.
This will entail Sir Nigel advising the Jarvis on international trade links and investment strategies, as well as personally taking part in trade missions and pitching to potential investors regarding key inward investment opportunities. He will be leading the Sheffield City Region delegation to MIPIM, the world’s biggest property event, in March 2019.
Sir Nigel said: “I have enjoyed my time as chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, representing our region at home and abroad, and am looking forward to taking on this new role as special advisor to the mayor. I am also proud to be leaving knowing the economy and the LEP are stronger than when I arrived three years ago.
“In my new role, I will be focusing my energies on bringing trade and investment into the Sheffield City Region, as well as leading the trade and investment input into the LEP Annual Business Plan. We as a LEP board have achieved a great deal for this region – a region which I am passionate about, and which is experiencing a successful period of inward investment, economic growth and job creation.”
Dan Jarvis, mayor of the Sheffield City Region, added: “I’d like to thank Sir Nigel for the tremendous contribution he has made over the last three years.
“He has personally brought investment into our region, represented us on a national and international scale, and lead the LEP during a period of successful growth.”
A recruitment process for a new LEP chair will begin imminently, led by Dan Jarvis.