Sarah Kemp appointed as new CEO of LEP

Sarah Kemp has been appointed as the new CEO of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership. She replaces Andrew Pettinger who has held the role on an interim basis since early 2019.

Sarah brings experience across a range of sectors including local government, regional economic development, manufacturing, life sciences and professional services.

In her most recent role, as executive director at Sefton Council, she led on the development and implementation of a new £150m council strategic investment programme aimed at stimulating the economy, creating new jobs and businesses, and generating new sources of revenue for the council.

Prior to this, Sarah led economic development and regeneration in the North West and Greater Manchester, developing internationally competitive sectors, trade, inward investment, business support, and cluster development.

In her new role, she will report to Steve Fogg, chair of the LEP.

We are in unprecedented times and our economy will need to rebound

Steve said: "We are in unprecedented times and our economy will need to rebound from the inevitable damage as a consequence of COVID-19. So I am delighted to announce the appointment of Sarah Kemp as CEO of the LEP, and look forward to working with her to deliver our ambitious growth plans for Lancashire, which are more important now than ever.

"Sarah brings a strong track record in cross-organisation partnership working, driving efficiency, transformation, investment for social and financial return, developing commercial solutions, and achieving economic growth. She will be a great asset for both the LEP and for Lancashire.”

Sarah added: "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."

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