Newman welcomes new Leeds LEP Chairman

Published 27th March 2013 at 10:22am

Sheffield City Region LEP Chairman James Newman has written to Roger Marsh to congratulate him on his recent appointment as Chairman of Leeds City Region LEP.

James Newman said: “The Sheffield City Region LEP looks forward to working closely with Roger Marsh and would like to congratulate him on his appointment.

“I have known Roger for some time and I am sure that his leadership will be good news for continued economic growth in the Leeds City Region. This is also good news for Sheffield City Region LEP, which is working in partnership with Leeds on a growing number of key projects.

“Roger has some big shoes to fill, given the excellent work of outgoing Chairman, Neil McLean. However, I know that Roger will share Neil’s commitment to close LEP collaboration to achieving both our City Regions’ economic goals.”

Roger Marsh will formally take up his appointment with effect from 1 July 2013.

Currently Senior Partner at PwC in Leeds, Roger was seconded to the Cabinet Office in 2007 as Director General, Strategic Finance and Operations.

Roger has been Deputy Chair of inward investment body Leeds and Partners since 2011, working with the Chair to constitute a new Board while shaping strategy and priorities for Leeds as one of the UK’s most significant financial centres.

As UK Northern Leader, Government and Public Sector at PwC, Roger worked with the Smith Institute to create the policy proposal “Rebalancing the economy: prospects for the north”.

Councillor Peter Box, Chair of the Leeds City Region Leaders Board, commented:

“We are very pleased to appoint Mr Marsh as the next Chair of the LEP. Roger combines great qualities stemming from his accomplished professional background both in private sector and whilst working in the heart of government.

“With Roger’s previous background as well as his detailed understanding of business and the economic development agenda, we will be able to continue the great work delivered by the outgoing Chair, Neil McLean, to achieve our goal of creating jobs and opportunities for our economy and business.”


Roger Marsh, incoming LEP Chair, said:

“I am looking forward to working across the public and private sectors and leading the evolution of strategy for the Leeds City Region. I believe that a business-led approach in an era of increasing decentralisation is vital to the stimulation of growth and delivery of the infrastructure across all the major towns and cities that will ensure long-term prosperity for our region, its people and communities. ”


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