Chief of leading regeneration company joins Sheffield LEP Board

The head of one of South Yorkshire’s largest publicly listed companies has been appointed to the business-focused board of the Sheffield City Region.

Owen Michaelson, chief executive of the Harworth Group, the £400m land and property regeneration company, has joined the board of the Local Enterprise Partnership.

The Harworth Group is responsible for a number of key developments in the region including the Advanced Manufacturing Park at Waverley in Rotherham; Gateway 36 in the Dearne Valley in Barnsley; and Torne Park, the former Rossington Colliery site in Doncaster.

Listed on the London Stock Exchange, it is renowned as being one of the UK’s leading brownfield development companies, restoring former collieries and other former industrial land for new residential, commercial and low-carbon energy developments.

Another four new members of the board were announced recently: Laura Bennett – a Sheffield-based specialist in entrepreneurship and digital technology; Alexa Greaves – chief executive of AAG, the IT managed services company of Barlborough, Chesterfield; former Master Cutler Neil MacDonald – a finance director in international engineering industries; and Richard Stubbs – senior manager in national health and innovation organisations, Yorkshire and Humber.

Mr Michaelson joins an organisation which has seen 37,000 jobs created across the region in the past two years, and an economy which has grown to an annual £31billion, smashing its own growth targets. Board members are due to agree a new Inclusive Industrial Strategy that sets the blueprint for economic growth over the next ten years.

They will be supported by former members Chris Scholey and Simon Carr, who will continue work on specific priorities including housing and infrastructure. Professor Chris Husbands, vice-chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, has also agreed to be co-opted to the Board to help lead on skills and employability.

Mr Michaelson has held non-executive director appointments in non-governmental organisations and the charitable sector and is highly experienced in working with public bodies and Whitehall departments including the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the Pension Protection Fund, the Coal Authority and the Treasury.

He has also been a trustee and director of the Tall Ships Youth Trust, the North West Forest Trust, and the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

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