Elizabeth Fagan, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Boots UK Limited, has been appointed Chair of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.
She succeeds Peter Richardson OBE, who has been Chair of D2N2 since 2012.
D2N2 is the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. It works with businesses, local authorities, skills and training providers and community and voluntary sector organisations, to grow the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire economy.
Under Peter’s watch, the D2N2 LEP has already exceeded its original target of creating 55,000 new jobs in ten years - from 2013 to 2023 - and is now working on a new Strategic Economic Plan and Local Industrial Strategy for the cities, towns and rural areas in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
Elizabeth said: “I am very pleased to be joining as the Chair of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership at this important time in its development. This area is home to world-class businesses and knowledge bases, has a hard-working talent pool, a vibrant cultural offering and is a beautiful place to live, work and visit.
“I believe that the power of D2N2 lies in the intersection between public and private companies and I hope that some of my experience will help make a positive difference. I look forward to working with business and local partners to create and deliver a new strategy for high value economic growth that benefits all our communities.”
Paying tribute to the work of her predecessor, Elizabeth said: “I thank Peter for the work that he has done as Chair of the LEP. He has been at the heart of D2N2’s successes to date and I wish him every success in future roles.”
Peter said: “During my time as D2N2’s Chairman, I’ve seen a lot of change locally, regionally and nationally. The D2N2 area, the East Midlands and the UK as a whole are all very different places from when I first took the role.
“I stick true to my belief that, now more than ever, the D2N2 area is the UK’s most inspirational postcode.
“I wish Elizabeth all the very best as she takes over the reins at D2N2. I am confident she is the right person for the job and has the best possible team to support her.”
Marketing Derby is a delivery partner on the "Invest in D2N2" project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Growth programme 2014-2020.