Gaskell to stay on as Cheshire LEP chair

Christine Gaskell has been appointed to chair the Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership for another three-year stint.

Chair of the organisation since its inception six years ago, Gaskell has guided the LEP to a position where it is responsible for a £200m capital budget supporting projects including Chester Bus Station, the Cheshire Life Sciences Fund and key transport improvements at Birchwood and at junction 8 of the M62.

Gaskell said: “I am delighted to be leading this partnership between the local authorities and private sector business for another three years and to be working closely with colleagues in neighbouring areas including Stoke and Staffordshire, North Wales, and Liverpool and Manchester to realise the LEP’s ambition to more than double the size of the Cheshire and Warrington economy by 2040.

“The government’s recently published Industrial Strategy and its continuing commitment to devolution strengthens the role that local people can play in the success of their own areas.”

An interview panel comprising David Frost, chairman of Stoke and Staffordshire LEP; Cllr Sam Dixon, leader of Cheshire West & Chester Council; and Robert Davis, chief executive of EA Technologies, interviewed candidates for the role, unanimously deciding Gaskell was the best candidate for the job. Until 2012, Gaskell was on the board of Bentley Motors, where she had worked since 1996.

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