Yorkshire leaders to tackle North-South divide

Roger Marsh

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has challenged Yorkshire businesses to make their voice heard on the North-South divide.

The business leaders organisation is staging a Northern Lights event in York on 1 May with a special guest panel including Roger Marsh OBE, chairman of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Henri Murison of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.

The event at the Principal York hotel is being held in association with the Chartered Management Institute. The IoD will feedback views from Northern businesses to its influential, national policy team which lobbies government on behalf of members.

Natalie Sykes, regional director of the IoD, said: “It has long been alleged that the South has prospered at the expense of the rest of the country. Many observers now argue that London is ‘over-heating’ and investment is required in culture, skills, transport and infrastructure to unlock the economic potential of the North. We have a fantastic panel to kick-start the debate and we can’t wait to hear our guests’ views.”

Roger Marsh has been chairman of the LEP since 2013 and secured the country’s largest ever Local Growth Deal with Government. In partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, the LEP – a public, private sector partnership – promotes Leeds City Region on a national and international scale and helps businesses to prosper.

Henri Murison was appointed in April 2017 as the first permanent director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), which was established by business and civic leaders across the North to drive the economy. He has held senior roles with Newcastle City Council, the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire and Yorkshire Building Society.

Also joining the panel will be Dean Fathers, chairman of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Dean has held a portfolio of non-executive roles in a wide range of sectors and holds academic roles with Business Schools, specialising in governance, leadership, strategy and system theory. He is a member of the Board of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The panel is completed by Prof Terry Hodgkinson CBE, former chairman of regional development agency Yorkshire Forward. Over more than four decades in business, Terry has accrued considerable executive and non-executive experience in privately owned, not-for profit and government organisations.

Special guest at the lunch will be Sir Hugh Sykes, an international industrialist and investor, noted for championing regeneration in and around Sheffield.

Tickets are £20-£35 and include a two-course lunch. To book a place, email iod.yorkshire@iod.com


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