New chief executive for D2N2

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A new chief executive has been appointed by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Sajeeda Rose, who has been interim chief executive at the organisation since September, has taken up the role with immediate effect.

She took on the acting position after Matthew Wheatley, who had been interim chief executive since January, his role as growth plan manager.

Rose joined the D2N2 LEP in November 2017 as senior manager for growth deals and capital programmes and has also held the position as interim deputy chief executive.

Prior to joining D2N2, Rose was chief operating officer for the Northamptonshire LEP, where she was responsible for strategy development and delivery of all investment programmes by that LEP.

She also worked for the former East Midlands Development Agency, supporting the delivery of sub-regional investment programmes.

Rose said: "I am delighted to be appointed as the D2N2 LEP’s new CEO, and to have the opportunity to build on the great work of its Board and staff to date.

"The LEP has a lot to do in future. We have a new strategic plan to launch to take our economy into the next decade, a Local Industrial Strategy to develop to complement the work being done nationally, increasing access to skills and training, and ensuring we continue to attract private investment to Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. I look forward to the challenge."

Chair Elizabeth Fagan added: "I am confident that in Sajeeda we have found a CEO who will continue to lead D2N2 in delivering economic growth for all our communities, using the LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan (SEP); currently in the final stages of being updated to meet the area’s changing needs up to 2030.

"Sajeeda is taking on the role at a time when the D2N2 LEP has much to do; including the launch of its new SEP, developing a Local Industrial Strategy, delivering current and planned programmes, as well as consultation on and establishing new governance rules for the LEP’s Board Members and staff to make our operations even more publicly accountable.

"I’m confident that Sajeeda’s leadership will help deliver results for all our stakeholders."