LEP chairman steps down after four successful years
Nominations sought for replacement
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