LEP unveils dedicated business director

Thu 9 August 2012, 2:44 pm

Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has appointed Reading UK CIC executive director Tim Smith as its first full-time business director.

Smith, who was chief executive of Newbury Town Council before his current role with the economic development company, is expected to strengthen the LEP’s relationship with the sub-region’s business sector and the wider community.

LEP chair Steve Lamb said: “We knew we needed a strong candidate who could promote innovation, enterprise and business diversity, as well as develop policy and strengthen and extend our existing relationships as well as build new contacts. Tim Smith’s impressive track record made him our unanimous choice."

At the helm of Reading UK CIC, Mr Smith has spearheaded several successful projects including the first business improvement district in the south-east, which secured £2 million in private sector investment.

He is due to take up his post in October and will assume responsibility for a wide range of work streams and projects, championing the aims and ambitions of the LEP. In the meantime, interim business director Deborah Wharton will continue in post.

The LEP also announced the appointment of appointment of Berkshire Media Group managing director Amanda Gee to its executive board with the role of  “SME champion”.

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