Stuart Brocklehurst, chief executive of Barnstaple-based Applegate, is one of eight new non-executive directors appointed to the board of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership.
Stuart will join Karl Tucker (Yeo Valley Farms (Production) Ltd); Richard Stevens (Plymouth Citybus Ltd); Fiona McMillan (EDF Energy New Build Gen Co Ltd); Helen Lacey (Red Berry Recruitment); Mel Squires (NFU); Jackie Jacobs (EIC Group / SW Metal Finishing Ltd) and David Bird (Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking) in taking up their positions at the end of May 2017.
Stuart Brocklehurst commented: “The Local Enterprise Partnership plays an important role in driving both public and private sector investment. I’m delighted to join its Board, and in particular will be able to bring the particular perspective of Northern Devon to its deliberations.”
Chairman of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership Steve Hindley CBE DL said: “I’m delighted that these high calibre business and skills leaders are joining us at the helm of the HotSW LEP. They will bring renewed expertise in a cross section of areas that are relevant to our growing programme of investment, and I look forward to working with them to develop the HotSW Productivity Plan to deliver increased prosperity across the area.
“On behalf of the Partnership, I would like to thank those board members who come to the end of their terms of office this summer. Their insight and commitment has helped our LEP develop into a highly successful partnership that has so far secured circa £750 million of investment from the public and private sector. The new board members will continue the momentum to take us forward on our journey towards transformational growth.”