LEP appoints Chief Executive

Published 21st May 2012 at 10:16am

The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is delighted to announce that it has appointed Ben Still as Chief Executive to replace the current Executive Director, Sylvia Yates, who will be retiring at the end of May.

Ben is the current director of strategy at the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and will start work as Sheffield City Region LEP Chief Executive in the middle of June. Ben became the Director of Strategy at the SYPTE in March 2009 and has been responsible for the development and delivery of the Sheffield City Region transport strategy.

Ben said, “I look forward to starting work as Chief Executive of the LEP next month and working with the Board, its many regional and national partners and the rest of the Executive Team.

I believe in the LEP’s vision and I look forward to taking forward its important work in leading the City Region’s economic agenda, which will create conditions for business growth and job creation.”

LEP Chairman, James Newman said, “The Board looks forward to welcoming Ben to the Local Enterprise Partnership. Ben will play a pivotal role in leading the LEP to achieving its priorities, which are focused on creating a City Region in which companies want to invest and people want to work, live, visit and study.’’

Sylvia Yates has worked in South Yorkshire for the last twelve years, firstly as Director of Objective 1 and latterly, over the last four years, as Director of the Sheffield City Forum and then working with the private sector and the City Region’s Local Authorities to set up the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Sylvia said, “It has been a fantastic 12 years working in South Yorkshire, which is the area where I grew up. The Sheffield City Region is home to some truly great people, it has lots of amazing assets and I have no doubt it has an exciting future.”

LEP Chairman, James Newman said, “Sylvia’s determination and significant knowledge of how national and local government works have been so important in the creation of the LEP and has put the Sheffield City Region on a firm footing and on the national map. On behalf of all the LEP Board members, I would like to thank her for all her hard work, advice and wise counsel and wish her a long and happy retirement.”

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