Industry leaders join Greater Lincolnshire LEP Board of Directors

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Three industry leaders and a senior officer at Lincolnshire County Council have joined the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Board of Directors.

Debbie Barnes OBE, Head of Paid Service at Lincolnshire County Council, Gary Headland, CEO of Lincoln College, Nick Worboys, Director of Development and Sales at Longhurst Group, and Sarah Louise Fairburn, Brand Director at Fairburn Eggs, have all joined the board.

The new members will work with the 17-member board in providing a strategic overview of the LEP’s work across the area and help to set a long-term vision for Greater Lincolnshire’s economy.

Ursula Lidbetter MBE, Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, said: “I’m pleased to welcome Debbie, Gary, Nick and Sarah Louise to the board. I am confident that they will provide invaluable contributions, particularly in their areas of expertise, in helping to progress the LEP’s strategic agenda.

“It is important for the LEP that our board has a wide range of industry representatives and reflects Lincolnshire’s diverse business community. Our four new members will help us with the work we’re already undertaking in building a stronger economy for Greater Lincolnshire.”

The LEP received 26 board applications and shortlisted six candidates for interview.

Debbie Barnes said: “An important part of the county council’s work is supporting local businesses and ensuring the right infrastructure is in place to meet the needs of our local economy.

“We’ve long worked with the LEP to better achieve those aims, and I look forward to continuing our close relationship in this new role.”

CEO of Lincoln College Gary Headland.

Gary Headland, who is also the new Chairman of the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “I am pleased to be able to continue to serve businesses across our region in this exciting new role working alongside other dedicated regional business leaders.”

Nick Worboys will represent the housing and development sector – one of the LEP’s priority themes – on the board.

She said: “With my skillset in housing management, development and sales, I am delighted to be working with the LEP and helping to steer its long-term plan for Lincolnshire’s housing sector.”

Sarah Louise Fairburn

Sarah Louise Fairburn will provide the board with an insight into Lincolnshire’s growing food industry – a priority sector for the LEP.

She added: “As someone who helps run one of Lincolnshire’s largest farming and food firms, I have first-hand experience of many of the issues and opportunities being faced by local companies in these exciting yet ever-changing economic times.

“Our region should be really proud of what it has achieved, and I can’t wait to start getting more involved in supporting its plans for further economic growth and prosperity.”