New chair for LEP revealed

A senior executive at BAE Systems has been appointed to chair the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Steve Fogg, managing director of corporate shared services and a member of the UK management board at the defence giant, has been appointed with immediate effect.

He takes over from Edwin Booth, who had been in the post since the creation of the LEP.  He stepped down at the end of 2018 after a seven-year reign which saw the county secure more than £1bn of investment.

David Taylor, who stepped into the role in an acting capacity, said:  “I look forward to welcoming Steve to the role of chair of the LEP and supporting him in my role as deputy chair. I am confident that the LEP will go from strength to strength under his stewardship.”

Steve’s career was forged at BAE Systems, from apprentice to engineering, then moving through operations and programme management to his current role.

He also holds various executive and non-executive board membership roles, including Blackpool Pride of Place Partnership, chair of the Fylde Coast Responsible Business Network, member of the Worldskills Advisory Group on Social Mobility, Diversity and Inclusion. He is also a member of the National Apprentice Ambassador network.

Steve said:  “This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a great team from the public and private sector to make a difference for Lancashire and I am honoured to have been selected.”

It’s an exciting time, with the public and private sector coming together to attract investment, grow our economy and bring highly-skilled jobs to the county.

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a strategic collaboration between business, universities and councils set up to direct economic growth and drive job creation. It was formed in 2011.

The LEP is now developing a new Local Industrial Strategy (LIS), with the focus on "improvement and performance" of Lancashire’s key towns and cities.

It will support all future investment activity and position Lancashire’s key sectors and supply chain strengths and opportunities - driven by productivity, innovation and internationalisation.

Geoff Driver, Lancashire County Council leader and LEP board member, said: “It’s an exciting time, with the public and private sector coming together to attract investment, grow our economy and bring highly-skilled jobs to the county.

“We’re proud to be working closely with the other members of the Enterprise Partnership, as well as other organisations.

“We warmly welcome Steve to his new role, and look forward to continuing our work with the LEP. It’s vital that the public sector listens to the private sector to understand their requirements and look at how we can support them.”