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Peter Richardson, Chairman of D2N2 LEP


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, Derby Cityscape URC and 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


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, East Midlands Chamber


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 the East Midlands 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.

Councillor Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council


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.

Ian Morgan, Deputy Chairman, Wellglade Group

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Ian Morgan is Deputy Chairman of the Heanor based Wellglade Group, the UK’s largest independent bus operator. Five local bus companies including the award winning trentbarton - ‘the really good bus company’ make up the group and it is a partner in the Tramlink Nottingham consortium. The Group was formed in 1986 when the management team and employees of Trent Buses bought the business from the Government.

trentbarton describes itself as a retailer of destinations focussed on delivering and exceeding its customers’ demands and providing good value for money. It has one of the most modern bus fleets in the country and has a national reputation for good quality bus services and innovation.

Ian has been in the bus business for 42 years and is Chairman of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK, the bus and coach industry’s trade association, having served as its President in 2009. He is also a past President of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, the second largest Chamber in the country and is a member of the Board.

In his spare time he is a season ticket holder at Derby County and a member of Derbyshire County Cricket Club. He plays an active role in developing local cricket in Staffordshire. He also enjoys travel, wine tasting and watching live music of almost any genre.

Ian lives near Burton on Trent and has been married to Sylvia for 32 years. They have two sons both of whom live locally.

David Williams, Managing Director, Butt Foods

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David Williams is Managing Director of Butt Foods, a high growth Bakery in Nottingham which supplies innovative bakery products to manufacturing and foodservice customers in the UK & Europe. He is a past Chairman of The Food and Drink Forum and is a Non-Executive Director of The National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing.


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 

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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

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


Councillor John Burrows, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council

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

The 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

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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.


Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor, University of Nottingham

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Professor Sir David Greenaway was appointed Nottingham’s sixth Vice‑Chancellor in 2008, having previously been a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University for both Research and Infrastructure. 

A Professor of Economics, he was the founding Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy.  His research interests lie primarily in the fields of trade and labour market adjustment, cross-border investment, and international trade policy.  Professor Greenaway has also acted as a consultant to the World Bank, the European Commission and the United Nations. He was Chair of the UK Armed Forces Pay Review Body from 2004 until 2010 and in 2013 was appointed as Honorary Colonel of the East Midlands Universities Officers Training Corps. 

He is currently a Member of the Government’s Asia Task Force, and its Higher Education Task Force.  He is a Trustee of CASE Europe and a member of the National Centre for Universities and Business Leadership Council. He has also just completed a comprehensive independent review of UK postgraduate medical education and training. He was awarded an Honorary Citizenship of Ningbo, China, in September 2012. 

Sir David received a knighthood for services to Higher Education in the 2014 Birthday Honours list.

Liz Fothergill, Chair, Pennine Healthcare

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Liz Fothergill is the Derby business representative.

Elizabeth Fothergill is Chair 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

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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.