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Richard Stubbs named as new LEP Chair

Posted: 20th January 2023

Richard Stubbs in a plectrum shape infront of a stone wallSouth Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has announced Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) Chief Executive Richard Stubbs as the new LEP Chair.

Richard takes over from Lucy Nickson, who has served as South Yorkshire LEP Board Interim Chair since January 2022. The LEP is responsible for representing private-sector businesses and setting the strategic direction for economic growth in South Yorkshire.

As Chief Executive of the AHSN, Richard leads work with the NHS to develop and adopt innovation that improves patient care. Living in South Yorkshire, Richard also holds a range of local roles that allow him to contribute to the region’s economic success including chairing the Strategic Advisory Board for the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University, being a Director of the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, and as a Board Trustee of Maltby Learning Trust, a muti-academy trust in Rotherham and Doncaster. In 2021 Richard was recognised as Business Leader of the Year in the Yorkshire Post’s prestigious Excellence in Business Awards. Richard will continue to serve as CEO of the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN alongside this new role.

South Yorkshire Mayor Oliver Coppard said:

“Richard is a highly valued member of the LEP board, and we are delighted to see him taking up the position as Chair. I’d like to thank Lucy Nickson for being an excellent Interim Chair and, prior to that, Vice Chair of the LEP, during what was a challenging time for businesses. Richard has been an active LEP board member for many years and brings with him a huge amount of passion for helping us boost economic growth in the region. We look forward to him taking up his new role.”

Richard said:

“It’s a great honour to be appointed as Chair of South Yorkshire LEP. I am looking forward to continuing the work we’ve already been doing to make a positive impact in the local economy and community. At this time of many economic challenges, the LEP has an important role in supporting our businesses and people and I’m committed to looking at innovative ways in which we can work even more closely with partners to transform our region for the benefit of all.”

You can find out more about the AHSN’s work on economic growth in our latest Impact Report