LEP chair­man steps down af­ter four suc­cess­ful years

Nom­i­na­tions sought for re­place­ment

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUSINESS - by Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @lcmowat

THE CHAIR­MAN of Buck­ing­hamshire Thames Val­ley Lo­cal En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship has stepped down from his post.

Alex Pratt has been the chair­man for four years and has over­seen the part­ner­ship go from strength to strength.

The busi­ness en­tre­pre­neur led the es­tab­lish­ment of BTVLEP in Jan­uary 2012 to form a busi­ness-driven part­ner­ship be­tween the pri­vate sec­tor and lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

Mark Reeve, chair­man of Greater Cam­bridge Greater Peter­bor­ough LEP and a mem­ber of the LEP Net­work Man­age­ment Board, said: “The LEP Net­work is hugely in­debted to the role Alex Pratt played in our de­vel­op­ment.

“Alex had the vi­sion to see the need for a na­tional net­work to help share best prac­tice and the per­sonal drive, com­mit­ment and tenac­ity to turn this vi­sion into a re­al­ity. Alex has al­ways been a strong ad­vo­cate of the im­pact of lo­cal de­ci­sion help­ing shape na­tional in­vest­ment to de­liver sus­tain­able eco­nomic growth.”

The lo­cal en­ter­prise part­ner­ship has launched growth deals with the gov­ern­ment worth £53mil­lion, de­vel­oped and launched a skills de­liv­ery hub in the county, helped trans­form the town cen­tres of High Wy­combe and Ayles­bury and helped con­nect thou­sands of lo­cal homes and busi­nesses to su­per­fast broad­band.

In ad­di­tion, Mr Pratt was chair­man of the LEP Net­work help­ing bring­ing to­gether the 39 LEPs as a co­he­sive group and es­tab­lish­ing a firm foun­da­tion for the Net­work prior to step­ping down ear­lier this year.

Mr Reeve added: “Work­ing with other com­mit­ted LEP chair­men, he led the net­work in its for­ma­tive stages and only stepped aside ear­lier this year once the solid foun­da­tions and im­me­di­ate fu­ture of the Net­work had been se­cured. As he now steps down as chair­man of the Buck­ing­hamshire Thames Val­ley LEP we would like to thank Alex for his tire­less ef­forts not only on be­half of his own area but for the col­lec­tive ben­e­fit of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and growth across the coun­try.”

A new chair­man for Buck­ing­hamshire Thames Val­ley LEP will be nom­i­nated at a board meet­ing.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of Buck­ing­hamshire Thames Val­ley LEP, Richard Har­ring­ton, said: “On be­half of BTVLEP, I would like to thank Alex for the out­stand­ing en­ergy and com­mit­ment and he has shown over the past four years to es­tab­lish a LEP which truly punches be­yond its weight and one that de­liv­ers eco­nomic growth for the county.”

Step­ping down: Alex Pratt

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