New board members for D2N2

Bondholder D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership has appointed five new board members, significantly boosting its representation from the business community.

D2N2 is the private sector-led Local Enterprise Partnership of business, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community and voluntary organisations; promoting economic growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, who recently supported Team Derby and Derbyshire at global real-estate exhibition MIPIM in Cannes.

The LEP’s board of experienced people, from a range of sectors, use their knowledge to give strategic advice on boosting the D2N2 LEP area’s economy; deciding how and where it should invest over £500 million in resources (via UK Government and European Union funding) to promote business growth, capital projects, better infrastructure, jobs growth, social and community projects, and other services.

The five new board members are:

  • Karen Smart, Managing Director of East Midlands Airport.

  • Viv Russell, Group Managing Director for the Longcliffe Group.

  • Emma Rigler, Logistics and Manufacturing Excellence Leader, Laing O’Rourke.

  • Jayne Mayled, Managing Director of retail and brnd creative agency, True Story, Nottingham.

  • Graham Cartledge CBE, Chairman of Handley House.

Elizabeth Fagan, Chair of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “I am delighted to welcome such an array of new talent to be D2N2 LEP board members.

“We were clear when we asked for board applications that we wanted people who would bring fresh thinking and new ideas, and who would best reflect the business sectors and communities in our LEP area. I’m confident our new members will be a great asset, in dealing with the area’s economic challenges and opportunities in the future.”