GBSLEP appoints Midlands Arts Centre Chair to Board
The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has appointed broadcaster and Chair of the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) Anita Bhalla to its Board, strengthening its commitment to the creative sector.
Anita replaces Wade Lyn, who will continue to be an ambassador for the LEP and social enterprises in Greater Birmingham.
Formerly Editor of Public Space Broadcasting at the BBC, Anita Bhalla holds a range of different posts in the education and creative sectors and has recently served as Chair of the Creative City Partnership, supporting these industries in Greater Birmingham.
In addition to the new appointment, the GBSLEP Board has approved the extension of Andy Street’s tenure as Chair and Steve Hollis’s tenure as Deputy Chair, both for a further three years.
Alan Volkaerts, lead Board Director for Skills and Employability and Operations Director at Jaguar Land Rover, will also remain on the Board for a term of three further years.
GBSLEP Chair Andy Street said: “Having Anita on the Board will provide even greater impetus to our efforts to support the creative and digital industries.
“We recognise the huge importance of these industries to our economy and Anita’s vision and contacts will be invaluable.
“I would like to pay tribute to the work that Wade Lyn has done – particularly around social enterprise and create an environment of better regulation for our businesses – and I know everyone is pleased that he will continue as a Board ambassador.
“I am also delighted that in addition to new blood, we have been able to secure significant continuity at a time when we are at a crucial stage on our journey.
“We are currently preparing our submission to Government for Local Growth Fund investment which will help us to meet the targets of our Strategy for Growth.
“I am hopeful this will give stakeholders and Government the assurance that we have continuity for the next three years and can continue to make progress.”
Anita Bhalla said: “Greater Birmingham stands on the brink of something exciting and I’m delighted to be able to play an increased part of this as a LEP Board Director.
“It is also an indication of just how vital the LEP views the creative and digital sectors, not just as an employer and economic driver, but also a contributor to the quality of life and cultural offer in Greater Birmingham.”