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Barry Dodd steps down from LEP

Barry Dodd LL CBE has announced he is stepping down as Chair of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) after six successful years. 

Leading the LEP from its creation in 2011, Mr Dodd has overseen the LEP attracting in excess of £250m government investment into the region. Achievements include supporting York Potash, the largest private sector investment in Northern Powerhouse, and transformational projects such as Bridlington Harbour and York Central.

Bringing a commercial drive and focus on delivery, the LEP has a proud track record; Its £9m Growing Places fund has been fully invested and is delivering returns, the €90m European Structural investment Fund is on target to invest and the £145m Local Growth Deal is on target and on track, providing the foundations for the region to target and attract further investment. 

An entrepreneur who grew his own business from his garage to being a global manufacturer, Mr Dodd has retained a passion for supporting small enterprises, leading the LEP to develop nationally recognised business support programmes such as the pop-up café’s and working in close partnership with networks across the region. The LEP is proud to support over 4500 small businesses every year.

Mr Dodd said “LEPs have grown from being informal public private partnerships when they were created in 2011, to a key part of government’s growth agenda. My time as Chair of the LEP has been deeply rewarding, both because of the difference we have made to people across the region, but also the strong, positive relationships between business and our politicians. We are recognised nationally for our successful performance and that is in no small part due the fact we work as a genuine partnership”

In a joint statement, all the Leaders of York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Local Authorities added “Barry has been instrumental in putting our region on the national map which is now recognised by government for its huge potential. Working together we are proud of what has been achieved to date and look forward to continued success”

LEP Chief Operating Officer, James Farrar, said “I am incredibly fortunate to have had Barry as Chair for the last six years. His leadership and inspiration have played a huge part in helping build such a strong team across the region. Barry’s support, both professionally and personally has been inspiring both in securing such a strong delivery track record but also in building strong partnerships across the region”

Whilst working to maximise local impact, Mr Dodd has also played a key role nationally, working with the National LEP Network to secure government commitment to local investment. Warren Ralls, LEP Network Chief Executive said “Barry has been a tremendous support to the LEP Network. LEPs remain at the heart of government plans for delivering local growth and Barry working with the other LEP Chairs has played a huge role in making the case to government that local leadership will deliver the best results.”

The York, North Yorkshire & East Riding LEP are currently recruiting a new Chair. This pro bono appointment is a great opportunity for business leaders in the region.
Interested? Business Leaders should send a CV and supporting letter to Sarah Barkey sarah.barkey@northyorks.gov.uk.