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Peter Richardson, Chairman of D2N2 LEP

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Peter Richardson, a prominent business figure in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, was appointed chairman of D2N2 at the start of November, 2012.

Peter brings a wealth of experience to the role after a lifetime working in the financial services sector, most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of Derbyshire Building Society, taking retirement in 2008.

He is a past Chair of Derbyshire Business Link and Derby Cityscape URC; current Chair of the Derby Renaissance Board and is a former member of the Governing Council of the University of Derby. He has also chaired the Championing Derbyshire Olympic Legacy 2012 Committee.

He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Nottingham University Business School.

Peter currently runs a Business Consultancy and is a co-director of a security company.

Trevor Fletcher, Managing Director and also Chairman of The Hardstaff Group

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Trevor Fletcher is the Managing Director and Chairman of The Hardstaff Group; a family run organisation of which he is the 5th generation. He started his career as a vehicle apprentice and later went on to graduate from Loughborough University of Technology with honours in Transport Management and Planning. He joined the family road transport company in 1978 and under his management the company expanded and diversified to include truck dealerships, a safety barrier company and an industry related training school.

For almost a decade under Trevor's direction, the organisation has been developing advanced dual fuel vehicle technologies powered by natural gas and biomethane, initially for the light and heavy commercial vehicle markets. The organisation works closely with OEM's and the Loughborough University Combustion Engine Department and trials all new technology through its own fleet. The organisation is internationally recognised in this field and through its group activities it is able to supply all the disciplines required to bring the product to market, including the technology, vehicle, refuelling station, fuel and support.

Trevor is Chairman of the European National Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe) and is a board member of NGV Global. 

Peter Gadsby

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Mr Gadsby is one of the region’s best known and successful business leaders and brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise, particularly in the areas of property development, regeneration, construction and business finance.

During the past 20 years Mr. Gadsby has built up substantial businesses, the forerunner being Birch PLC with a £100m turnover. Latterly under the Ark Capital banner, Mr Gadsby has grown a business portfolio incorporating some of the most successful companies in the region including Radleigh Group, Miller Birch and Cedar House Investments. Recently Mr Gadsby has established a £10m venture capital fund backing businesses in the food, IT, telecoms and technology sectors. Job creation has always been at the forefront of Mr Gadsby’s drive to develop in the area. On Pride Park he has delivered 300,000sq.ft. of mixed use development leading to the creation of 700 jobs. In November 2012 he completed the 105,000sq.ft. Trinity House office development, for E.On UK, safeguarding 1000 jobs and providing a tremendous economic boost for Nottingham.

In 2009, his achievements were recognised by the University of Derby with the award of an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration


 

Richard Horsley, Board Member, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce

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After a career in journalism with the Nottingham Evening Post and communications with the CBI, Richard founded Ilkeston-based QED Public Relations Limited in 1991. He is also co-owner of Derbyshire contract publishing company, Bradgate Publishing Limited, a shareholder and Director of Chesterfield-based wedding magazine publishers, RSP Media Ltd, and a non-executive Director of business improvement company EMQC Ltd in Derby.

Committed to helping to boost economic growth and business support across the two counties, Richard is a Board Member of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (He was President in 2007/08) and Chairman of the Derbyshire Economic Partnership. He was also previously a Director of the former Business Link Derbyshire organisation.

 

Professor John Coyne, Vice Chancellor, University of Derby

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I joined the University as Vice-Chancellor in August 2004. The University of Derby has over 20,000 students and operates across the county of Derbyshire with principal sites in Derby and Buxton and a specialist centre in Chesterfield. With a turnover approaching £120m and 2,700 employees the University is both a major institution of higher education and one of the areas bigger businesses. The University was shortlisted for The Times Higher 'University of The Year' in 2007 and won Leadership Team of the Year in 2010.

The University is engaged in the broader economic life of the region and I have served on a number of regional bodies including:

  • Derbyshire Economic Partnership
  • Derby City Partnership
  • Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the LSC before its cessation.

I am also Chairman of Cfe Research and Consultancy Ltd, a company that specializes in the development of policy and application in the fields of enterprise, skills development, and the delivery of public services. Prior to joining the University of Derby as Vice-Chancellor, I was Pro Vice-Chancellor of De Montfort University. I spent seventeen years of my early career at the University of Nottingham.

I am an economist by original discipline and have worked extensively in the fields of Small Business, Business Policy and Business Policy.

At the University of Nottingham I was variously a member of the School of Management and Finance and the Department of Industrial Economics and Warden of Cripps Hall. I was a Co-Director and founder of the Centre for Management Buy-out Research which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2011. I have consulted for a diverse range of companies, banks, venture capitalists and institutions. I have contributed to academic journals, edited volumes and the professional press and been a regular contributor to business conferences and events as well as an economic commentator.

Councillor Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council

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Currently Leader of Nottingham City Council, Jon has been a Councillor of St. Ann's, an inner city ward, in Nottingham since 1987. During this time he has served as Chair, Community Development Committee, 7 years as Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Education and Work (1999-2003).

Jon chairs the Renewal Trust a local community development trust, will be a Board member of the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire local enterprise partnership, and was previously a Board Member on the City's Primary Care Trust, the Learning and Skills Council and the Greater Nottingham Partnership Forum.

He was until recently Chair of One Nottingham the City's Local Strategic Partnership. Prior to undertaking his current role as Leader (since 2003), Jon completed an MBA (Public Services) and worked as an Urban Regeneration Consultant and Housing Development Officer.

Councillor Ranjit Banwait, Leader of Derby City Council

Ranjit Banwait was born and brought up in Normanton, Derby. He attended Dale Primary School and then Village Community School off the Austin Estate.

The son of postman with 35 years' experience at Derby Royal Mail and a school cleaner, Ranjit became the first person in his family to attend university, graduating from the University of Kent. After a short spell living in London he moved back to Derby to settle down and raise a family.

He is married and lives in Alvaston with his wife Lucy and son Sebastian. He has been a councillor for Boulton since 2006.

He became leader of Derby City Council in June, 2014.

Councillor Anne Western, Leader of Derbyshire County Council 

Councillor Anne Western was elected as leader of Derbyshire County Council in May 2013. Full biography to follow. 

Councillor Alan Rhodes, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council

Councillor Alan Rhodes was elected as Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council in May 2013.

The County Council’s vision is to create a local economy that flourishes and that is why jobs, skills and training are a top priority.  Businesses want a skilled workforce, a place that is attractive to live in, along with excellent transport links.  Working closer with the business community and the LEP, D2N2, will be key to unlocking regeneration, jobs and prosperity. 

Alan also serves on the County Councils’ Network (CCN) and East Midlands Councils. 

In addition to serving on the County Council since 2005, Alan has been an elected Member of Bassetlaw District Council, representing Worksop North West Ward since 1986. 

Born, raised and educated in Rotherham South Yorkshire, Alan is married to Shirley and they have three grown up children and two grand-daughters. 

In his spare time Alan describes himself as a ‘music anorak’, keen cook, devourer of political biographies, and a long suffering supporter of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club.

Councillor Roger Blaney, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council

Councillor Roger Blaney is the representative for the Nottinghamshire boroughs and districts. Full biography to follow. 

Councillor John Burrows, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council

Councillor John Burrows is the representative for the district and boroughs of Derbyshire.

Thee current Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, John is married with three daughters and six Grandchildren. He began life as a mechanical apprentice with the National Coal Board qualified after a five-year apprenticeship and went on eventually to become a full-time official of the National Union of Mineworkers. Was Treasurer and Compensation Agent until the demise of the mining industry in 1993.

Educated in Politics, Economics and Industrial Relations by the industry at Sheffield University Extramural Department.  Following a brief “soul destroying” nine-month period of unemployment found gainful employment with Derbyshire County Councils Welfare Rights Service.  

From the age of 19 a political activist with the Labour Party, usually behind the scenes, at local, regional and national level.  Became a Councillor belatedly in 2003 and within two years was Leader of the Council. Spent eight years in opposition until again became Leader in 2011. 

His knowledge and experience is a great asset to the regeneration portfolio he commands and his work with Destination Chesterfield is geared to ensuring the best of public and private industry come together on behalf of the town. Consistent common sense and attention to detail are the hall marks of his work, a down-to-earth attitude and an ability to converse with all level of industry and workforce are a great asset to Destination Chesterfield.

 

Dame Asha Khemka, Principal and Chief Executive of West Nottinghamshire College

Dame Asha Khemka is the representative for Further Education. 

Asha took up her post as Principal and Chief Executive of West Nottinghamshire College in May 2006.  Since taking up this position, the College turnover has more than doubled – approaching £70 million in 2012/13.  The College is one of the 5 largest providers in the UK for Employer Responsive provision, having a national footprint.  The number of apprentices has grown to the region of 12,000 and the College employs 1,300 staff.

The College was successful in achieving Best Companies one star accreditation in January 2009 and again in January 2010.  It also ranked 14th in the Sunday Times 75 Best Places to Work in the Public Sector 2010. The College achieved Investors in People Gold Accreditation and the Health and Well-Being Good Practice Award in July 2010 and was reaccredited in February 2013.  The College has been successful in winning AoC Beacon Awards for 5 consecutive years. 

In July 2007, Asha was awarded the National Jewel Award for Excellence in Healthcare and Education, in recognition of her contribution to the FE sector.  In May 2008, she was honoured with the Asian Women of Achievement Award.  In January 2009, Asha received Royal recognition for her contribution to Further Education and was appointed an OBE.  In October 2009 she was awarded the Midlands Businesswoman of the Year.  The NRI Welfare Society of India awarded Asha with a Gold medal for her work in education as a non-resident Indian in September 2010.  In 2011 she was named Inspirational Woman of the Year by the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce and also Business Personality of the Year by the Ashfield and Mansfield Chad. 

Asha is a board member of several national organisations, including the Association of Colleges (AoC), which brings together 360 colleges.  She is the Chair of their Quality and Performance Portfolio Group and Chair of AoC in India Ltd.  She is also a member of the Education and Training Foundation Board, City and Guilds Council and the Indo British Trade Council.  Asha is a member of the University of Nottingham Council, University of Derby Court and 157 Group.  She is the founder of the Inspire and Achieve Foundation whose main objective is to raise the aspirations of working class young people.  

This year, she has been part of two delegations to India – one with Matthew Hancock MP (Minister for Skills) and one with the Prime Minister.   With Asha as its Chair, AoC in India Ltd was launched in Delhi on 22 January 2013.

 

Liz Fothergill, Chief Executive, Pennine Healthcare

Liz Fothergill is the Derby business representative.

Elizabeth Fothergill is Chief Executive of Pennine Healthcare, a Derby based manufacturing company employing 380 people producing single use medical disposable products for hospitals in the UK and via distributors to over 70 countries worldwide.  As a very keen exporter, Liz has recently been recruited by UK Trade and Investment as a Catalyst member, a global network of business leaders promoting UK excellence internationally. 

Elizabeth is passionate about the positive influence business can have in education and community development.  She is HRH the Prince of Wales Ambassador for Business in the Community in the East Midlands, Vice President of the Derby and Nottingham Chamber of Commerce and the Derby City business representative for D2N2, the Derby and Nottingham Local Economic Partnership.  Elizabeth was Deputy Chair of the University of Derby from 2003-2013 and is currently Chair of Derwent Stepping Stones (a neighbourhood nursery and training academy) and Derbyshire Dales Careline;  a board member of the YMCA Derbyshire and governor of Landau Forte Moorhead Academy.  She is also on the shadow board of Derby Manufacturing University Technical College (opening 2015)

 

Rob Crowder, Chief Executive for Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire

Rob Crowder is the representative for the voluntary and community sector.

Robert Crowder trained as an Environmental Health Officer in Birmingham and spent a number of years in the Urban Renewal section before he moved to Nottinghamshire.

He worked for Gedling Borough Council for 17 years and as Principal Officer (Sustainable Development) the first of its type in the region, he introduced a number of innovative new recycling schemes.

In May 2001 he was appointed to Nottinghamshire County Council as Sustainability Team Manager where he introduced the Sustainable Developers Guide and the Wood Heat initiative in schools. In February 2007 he was appointed Chief Executive at Nottinghamshire Rural Community Council now renamed “Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire”.

At RCAN he has been involved in developing the offer of support to communities on the Localism Act and creating new business models for the organisation.

 

Chris Marples,  Chief Executive of Inspirepac

Chris Marples is a Chesterfield businessman and CEO of packaging and printing specialist Inspirepac.

Chris was born in Chesterfield and has lived in the area all his life. Upon leaving School, Chris worked in the steel industry, whilst studying at Rotherham College.

In 1987 he changed career and entered the sales arena for a local packaging company. Chris has continued to work in the packaging sector and in 2007 was part of a management buyout of the inspirepac business from the corporate body of Mondi Packaging.   In 2008 Chris became CEO of inspirepac and since the buyout the business has doubled in size, opened 2 new businesses, invested £9 million in latest printing technology and has attracted customers such as PepsiCo, Kimberly Clark, Bacardi, Unilever, 3M and Howden Furniture.

The business now employs 270 people across its 5 businesses and is positioned well for continued sustainable growth long into the future.

Chris is married to Louise, and his interests include, Football, playing squash and played for Chesterfield Cricket Club for over 20 years.