New boss named to lead agency dedicated to nurturing wealth and jobs creation in Peterborough

Neil Darwin, chief executive of LEP
Neil Darwin, chief executive of LEP
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The new chief executive of a Cambridgeshire agency created to power the growht of wealth and jobs has been named.

Directors of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have announced that Neil Darwin has been appointed as its permanent chief executive.

Mr Darwin has been the agency’s interim chief executive since October last year.

But he has been involved with the partnership since its creation in 2010 and was formerly an adviser to the board before joining the team on secondment from Peterborough’s regeneration company Opportunity Peterborough in June last year.

He said: “I am pleased to have been appointed as chief executive of the LEP having worked with the team and board from the very beginning.

“I believe that the LEP plays a critical role in defining the future of our local economy by focusing on improving our infrastructure, ensuring we create an appropriately skilled workforce to meet the needs of our businesses, and helping our businesses to access the advice, support, and funding they need to grow.”

Mark Reeve, chairman of the LEP, said: “Neil is a strong leader who has been working hard to build effective relationships with local businesses, education providers, government, and local authorities since joining the team full time last year.

“I am sure that under his leadership we will continue to make real progress in overcoming the key barriers to business growth to create more new jobs and grow our economy further.”