GBSLEP appoints new board director and begins search for new appointments

Posted by lepadmin - January 30, 2012 - Board appointments, Newsroom - No Comments

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has appointed Christine Braddock CBE to its board and has begun the search for two further new appointees.

Christine Braddock, GBSLEP Board Director.

Christine Braddock, GBSLEP Board Director.

Christine has nearly 20 years’ experience in senior leadership of FE colleges and is currently principal and chief executive of Birmingham Metropolitan College.

She is also former president of Birmingham & Solihull Chamber of Commerce and a council member on the CBI – West Midlands.

She joins the board of the LEP, which was set up to drive economic growth, achieve global leadership in key sectors and help create 100,000 jobs by 2020, as the process for recruiting two further board directors began.

The new appointments would replace Brian Francis, European Group Chairman of Gestamp Tallent, and Rob Brown, Group Managing Director of Roger Bullivant Ltd, who have stood down due to changes in work commitments for Rob and the end of the one-year tenure for Brian.

Andy Street, Chair of the GBSLEP, said: “Brian Francis and Rob Brown have been invaluable in helping to shape the early strategy for the LEP and we very much hope they will continue to be involved with the LEP.

“Christine will be a huge asset for us, not only because of her knowledge of a crucial part of the education sector, but also because of her wider understanding of the business community.”

Christine Braddock CBE said: “The board of the GBSLEP has already acknowledged the importance of skills to the economic future of the LEP and I look forward to being able to support the work to drive change.

“The Board has an excellent selection of public and private sector representatives and has already made a flying start, not least with the successful Enterprise Zone application.

“The LEP has the vision to shape the skills agenda and I am delighted to be appointed to the Board and help to support this.”

Andy Street continued: “The two new openings on the Board give us an opportunity to bring in fresh expertise and we have decided that in line with the priorities of the LEP we will focus our search on the banking and construction sectors.

“This reflects the success of the GBSLEP in winning funding and also the importance of these sectors in achieving our ambitions.”