The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership has appointed business woman C-J Green as its new chair.
Co-founder and executive director of BraveGoose, a technology-driven human resources advice solution, she succeeds Doug Field, who served in the role for three years.
C-J joined the New Anglia LEP board in April, bringing with her a breadth of experience in private and public sector human resources disciplines.
Before BraveGoose, she was chief people officer and subsequently CEO of a Suffolk company with a global workforce of 26,000.
She is also a trustee of Pepal, which connects non-governmental organisations with global corporations with the aim of finding solutions to social issues.
“I’m delighted to be taking on the role of chair of New Anglia LEP,” she said. “Since joining the board in April this year, I’ve already seen the impact that the LEP has on the local economy, from supporting our regional recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic to helping businesses reopen safely and secure vital funding.
“Having recently awarded an additional £32m to local projects as part of the national Getting Building Fund, I look forward to seeing those progress and to supporting the LEP’s work across our key sectors, skills initiatives, inward investment campaigns and our strategic work with local partners and Government.
“I am also looking forward to representing local businesses at this challenging time and using my expertise and experience to help drive forward the LEP’s work.”
As she assumed the reins during the LEP’s virtual AGM, she acknowledged its businesses and local communities were facing some of their toughest challenges.
But, she said, it was times like this when strong collaboration could have the most impact. “As the end of the EU Exit transition period approaches, we know that even more uncertainty will be around the corner and it is important that we work alongside local private and public sector partners to focus on the commitments made in our Economic Recovery plan.
“New Anglia LEP brings together diversity of thought, valuable support and a continued ambition for sustainable economic growth in our region.
“In today’s economy, growth is powered through knowledge, infrastructure, creativity and innovation and it is the role of the LEP to work with business, education and local authority partners to help to create the right platforms for that to happen.”