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New regional director for CBI Yorkshire and Humber

The CBI has appointed Lucy Thornycroft as its new Regional Director in Yorkshire & Humber.

She will be relocating to the region from London where she was head of the construction policy team at the CBI’s headquarters.

Prior to that she was Head of Investment Policy and Strategy at the National Housing Federation.

In her new role, Lucy will support CBI Yorkshire & Humber member companies, representing the area’s business leaders on key policy and regulatory issues.

Commenting on her appointment, Lucy said: “It’s a privilege to be working with Yorkshire & Humber’s businesses to give them a strong voice in government.

“Yorkshire & Humber has a rich diversity of businesses, from the strong financial services sector in Leeds to being the country’s largest food-producing region.

“With the right environment, these firms will be at the heart of future local growth and rebalancing the UK economy.

“I’m looking forward to using my policy and lobbying experience to continue to give Yorkshire & Humber businesses a strong voice.”

Katja Hall, CBI Deputy Director-General, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Lucy into this role. She has significant lobbying experience, having successfully led the CBI’s high-profile work on construction and housing investment, meaning she is well positioned to represent the region’s interests in government.”

Lucy joined the CBI as group head of construction in January 2012.

She led a team dealing with issues that are at the heart of the CBI’s mission to secure private sector growth covering construction and housing.

Lucy also ensured that construction issues are embedded into wider CBI policy work on issues such as infrastructure investment and delivery, public service reform, employment and skills, industrial policy and boosting the role of mid-sized businesses.

Prior to joining the CBI Lucy worked in a range of roles in the private and public sector, most recently as Head of Investment Policy and Strategy at the National Housing Federation.

She studied at UCL, where she gained a BA in ancient history and social anthropology and an MSc in anthropology and ecology of development.

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