Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership Board

The main role of the Board is to set the strategic direction for Cumbria’s economic growth and development.  You can find their profiles and declarations of interest below. You can also view our Chief Executive Jo Lappin’s declaration of interests by clicking here.


Lord Inglewood


Lord Inglewood is a Cumbrian non-affiliated Member of the House of Lords and the Chair of Gen2, one of the county’s leading training providers. He was also previously Chair of the boards of Cumbrian businesses Carr’s Milling Industries plc and CN Group Ltd.

Lord Inglewood has also held a number of ministerial positions during his career. He was the minister for broadcasting and for tourism during his time as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of National Heritage in the late 1990s. He has also served twice as a regional MEP, first for Cumbria and Lancashire North and then for North West England.

He is President of Cumbria Tourism and has been Deputy Lieutenant for Cumbria since 1993 and Vice-Lord Lieutenant for Cumbria since 2012.

Lord Inglewood was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge and the Cumbria College of Agriculture and Forestry. He was called to the Bar in 1975, is a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA).

Lord Inglewood (chair) – declaration of interests

Jackie Arnold MBE

(Deputy Chair) Representing specialist manufacturing and based in Furness

Jackie Arnold MBE – Head of Skills BAE Systems Submarines – is responsible for ensuring the provision of skills necessary for the business to deliver its business plan, primarily to design, build and commission nuclear submarines for the UK MoD Submarine programme.

In this role Jackie is responsible for the Corporate Responsibility Agenda and as such owns the strategic relationship with local education providers. She is also Vice-Chair of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, a member of the North West Business Leadership Team and chairs the Furness Economic development Forum.

A Chartered Accountant, Jackie has previously spent time in practice, public sector and private sector businesses and before this role with BAE she held roles as Chief Accountant and Head of Strategy.

Jackie Arnold – declaration of interests

Giles Archibald

Leader of South Lakeland District Council

Councillor Giles Archibald is the Leader of South Lakeland District Council and Portfolio Holder for ‘Promoting South Lakeland’. His role is to provide strategic leadership to the Council and promote its work, as well as acting as an ambassador and advocate for South Lakeland’s communities.

Giles has represented the Kendal Fell ward on SLDC since 2012 and has served on the council’s Cabinet as portfolio holder for Economic Growth, Town Centres and Small Businesses. He has also been a Kendal Town Councillor since 2010.

Giles’ extensive experience of local economic development and strategic partnerships includes previous work as a nominated representative for Cumbria LEP. He also has a keen interest in strategies to address welfare and assist disadvantaged communities.

His aim for his role on the LEP board is to try to achieve economic growth for Cumbria which benefits all communities and reaches into all corners of our society.

Giles Archibald – declaration of interests

Graham Booth

Board Director of E H Booth and Co Ltd

Graham Booth is an established business and retail expert working as a family Board Director for E H Booth and Co Ltd. He has been responsible for developing 12 Booths stores throughout the North West, including its new Central Offices and Distribution, overseeing multi million pound projects.

He has worked closely with county councils, local planning authorities and institutional investors, often helping to procure key infrastructure projects alongside the retail developments. Graham has worked across various departments in the grocery business including retail, distribution and manufacturing. Prior to managing Booths property portfolio, he established the Fresh Produce department, developing a policy of dealing with local suppliers, one to which Booths adheres to this day.

Graham Booth – declaration of interests

John Coughlan

Managing director, TSP Engineering

John Coughlan joined TSP Engineering in 2014 with overall responsibility for driving strategy, operations and continuous business improvement. His career has taken him across Europe, Asia, North America and Mexico in senior non-executive and executive roles with in global organisations such as Aerly Bird Trans Global, UpRight, Celestica, ITW Avery Weightronics and Dianorm Teo.

John has a long background in manufacturing and has supported Cumbria LEP with advanced manufacturing development. He has also worked on a range of senior committees, enterprise boards and liaison groups.

John Coughlan – declaration of interests

Dr Steve Curl

Private Equity specialist & Cumbria LEP SME representative

Dr Steve Curl has extensive experience in the energy and nuclear industry and as a senior executive in international technology companies. He has served as Deputy Chair and Chair of Finance for the University of Cumbria’s Board for seven years, and served as a Magistrate in Kendal for four years.

Steve is currently a Member and Chair of Finance and Resources for the Lake District National Park Authority, Chair of the Lakes Currency Project Ltd (The Lake District Pound) and Chair of National Parks Partnerships LLP which supports all 15 UK national parks.  He is also Cumbria LEP’s SME representative.

Steve Curl – declaration of interests

Colin Glover

Leader of Carlisle City Council

Councillor Colin Glover has been the Leader of Carlisle City Council since July 2013. A ward councillor for Currock, Colin previously served as the Deputy Leader of the Council and was Portfolio holder for Economy and Enterprise. He has also been the Chairman of the council’s Employment Panel since 2012.

Colin’s career has included over 20 years in the rail industry, working in both marketing and finance roles for InterCity West Coast and Virgin Trains. He has also worked in Commissioning and Contract Management in Social Care and Support Services for vulnerable adults for over 15 years.

Colin is highly experienced in partnership working and has been involved in a range of different working groups during his career, including the Carlisle Highways and Transport Working Group, the Carlisle Partnership Executive and the Cumbria Leadership Board. Colin is also a Board Member of the Cumbria Health & Wellbeing Board and a Director and Trustee of the King’s Own Border Regiment Museum Trust.

Colin Glover – declaration of interests

Jim Jackson

Chief Executive, Fourwinds60 Consulting Ltd

Jim Jackson has worked in the telecommunications industry all his career, moving to Cumbria in 1984. He provides consultancy services to telecoms firms, primarily suppliers to the major operators like Openreach.

He helps clients with operational structuring to underpin performance and growth, recruitment at senior management and director level, and mentoring of new and existing senior managers. Jim also supports the creation of bids for tenders within the industry, primarily for projects which are to build full fibre networks, and can also assist with operational due diligence on acquisitions.

Jim was previously Regional Infrastructure Director for the North for Openreach and throughout his career has fulfilled a wide range of roles within British Telecom and Openreach. These include Business and Operational Planner for Openreach, four years project management for the Superfast Broadband UK, taking roll-out to 12m homes, and successfully working on bids for £800m of Government funding through the Broadband Delivery UK programme.

Jim lives in South Cumbria and in his spare time he enjoys making the most of what the Lake District has on offer, particularly fell walking.

Jim Jackson – declaration of interests

Professor Patricia Livsey

Chief Executive of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw Children’s Hospice

Patricia’s board membership is aligned with the LEP’s Voluntary and Community Sector Nomination in partnership with the Third Sector Network. Patricia brings a wide range of experience to the role, including extensive experience within the health sector. Her work includes national roles within the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Department of Health.

She has also worked at a senior level within the Higher Education sector for over 27 years of her career. That has included operating at Board level for a number of third sector organisations within the university sector.

Patricia Livsey – declaration of interests

Mike McKinley

Lake District National Park Authority

Mike was born in Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire and attended Rickmansworth Grammar School before gaining a place to read history at the University of Birmingham, from where he graduated in 1965. He joined the Marchon Division of Albright +Wilson at Whitehaven and held a series of export sales positions before becoming Overseas Export Sales Manager for the whole of A+W. Mike became Divisional Sales and Marketing Director at Whitehaven in 1984. He left the company in 1988, declining to leave Cumbria for a post in Birmingham. Mike then ran his own retail business [village shop and Post Office] in Gosforth for 17 years before retiring.

Mike has now lived in the Lake District National Park for nearly 50 years, the past 32 of those in Wasdale. A former Chairman of Gosforth Parish Council, he was elected as the Copeland Parish Councils’ representative on the Lake District National Park Authority in 2007 and was Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Development Control Committee in the two years prior to his becoming LDNPA Chairman in 2014.

His hobbies are gardening and reading, mainly history books and, following on from a previous generation of family members, he is a life-long supporter of Arsenal FC.

Mike McKinley – declaration of interests

Prof. Julie Mennell, PhD

Vice Chancellor, University of Cumbria

A mathematics and physics graduate with a PhD in Applied Physics, Julie has an international reputation in the field of forensic and crime scene science. She has served on the Home Office Forensic Science Advisory Council and the Skills for Justice Forensic Science Occupational Skills Committee, making significant contributions to forensic science strategy, education and workforce development in the UK and overseas.

Julie was previously a Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Sunderland, with responsibility for the academic and research provision, student experience and graduate outcomes, student and learning support and quality assurance and enhancement. Her brief also involved leading the university’s international and transnational activities, student recruitment and product development.

Julie has also held senior positions at Northumbria and Teesside universities. She is a former President and honorary member of the North East Association of Science Education and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, The Chartered Society for Forensic Sciences, Institute of Measurement & Control and the RSA.

Julie Mennell – declaration of interests

Emma Porter

Construction Director, Story Contracting

With a background in psychology and an MBA from Insead, one of the world’s leading business schools, Emma has worked in the construction industry for 11 years and has recently returned to Story Contracting in the role of Construction Director after a successful spell working in Advisory Services at Arup.

The focus on her work in Cumbria is within the firm’s construction division, delivering a forecasted £30m turnover in 2019/20. She will also continue to be closely involved in socio-economic aspects, stakeholder engagement and business development.

Emma Porter – declaration of interests

Alan Smith

Leader of Allerdale Borough Council

Councillor Alan Smith is the Leader of Allerdale Borough Council, representing the Council on external partnerships and specialising on corporate and nuclear issues, shared arrangements and policy, strategy and performance.

Alan’s role is to ensure that all portfolio objectives are delivered on time and budget and to increase the profile of Allerdale regionally and nationally. He has a wealth of experience of working with partners to deliver key multi-agency priorities.

Alan was first elected to Allerdale Borough Council in 1995 and has represented the ward of Cockermouth All Saints ever since. As an Executive member, he has previously held responsibility for tourism, finance, asset management and coastal protection. He was the first person to be Leader of the Council in two back-to-back administrations after his Labour group won the elections in May 2015.

Alan Smith – declaration of interests

Mike Smith OBE

Business consultant

Mike Smith OBE has over 35 years of experience working both in and with the Technical and Vocational Education and Training sector, as well as in the nuclear industry. He joined Gen2 Engineering & Technology Training Ltd as CEO in 2003, and has had significant experience in the design and delivery of high quality training and educational programmes to support the engineering, nuclear and advanced manufacturing sectors.

Prior to this, he worked in a variety of nuclear industry senior management roles for 20 years at Sellafield. A Chartered Engineer by profession and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), he is also a Fellow of the City & Guilds Institute of London (FCGI), and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Mike Smith – declaration of interests

Sarah Swindley

Chief Executive of the Lake District Foundation

Sarah is currently the CEO of the Lake District Foundation, a new charity established in 2017. Prior to this she was the CEO of Cumbria and Lancashire Women’s Centres, which provided one-stop shop health and social care services to women with a range of needs including mental health, social exclusion and complex vulnerabilities.

Sarah is also a Leadership Consultant for the Cascading Leadership Programme which provides leadership support to third sector leaders.

Sarah Swindley – declaration of interests

Rebecca Weston

Enterprise Director at Sellafield Ltd

Rebecca has wide experience across Sellafield Ltd, having held senior leadership positions in Operations, Technical and Commercial. As Enterprise Director, she is responsible for Strategy and Planning, as well as Corporate Affairs and Transformation.

She also leads the innovation and research and development programmes, provides the facilities and business units with technical support and ensures the business makes and creates optimum technology choices, while developing the science, technical and engineering skills and capabilities needed now and for the future. Rebecca’s most recent role, before joining the executive team at the end of 2015, was Head of Portfolio for the Retrievals and Decommissioning Directorate.

Rebecca has a BA in Physics from Oriel College, University of Oxford, where she also won ‘blues’ in hockey, football and cricket. She also holds a PhD in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and is an Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA), Leadership, Business and Management in which she achieved a Distinction.

Rebecca is a Chartered Engineer. She is also Chairman of the Centre for Leadership Performance, a not-for-profit private limited company that aims to improve leadership capability in Cumbria. She has also chaired the Cumbria branch of The Nuclear Institute, which supports professional development for all nuclear professionals (including CEng registrations) and the broader education of the public, and now sits on the national board.

Rebecca Weston – declaration of interests

Nigel Wilkinson

Managing director, Windermere Lake Cruises Limited

A graduate engineer and Chartered Accountant, Nigel Wilkinson has been managing director of Windermere Lake Cruises Limited since 2004. He is also managing director of Winander Leisure Limited and a director of Winander Group Holdings Limited, Lakeland Motor Museum Limited and Rushbond plc.
He served as a director of Cumbria Tourism for almost ten years, prior to his retirement at the 2017 Annual General Meeting. Nigel has been previously involved in the county’s Visitor Economy sub group and development of the associated sector growth plan, and is a past chair of the Lake District National Park Partnership’s Business Task Force.

Nigel Wilkinson – declaration of interests

Andrew Wren

Principal and Chief Executive, Furness College

Andrew Wren joined Furness College as Principal and Chief Executive in September 2015. During his first year, he led the successful merger of Furness College and Barrow Sixth Form College, securing the breadth of post-16 education in Furness. Andrew is committed to providing the highest quality of education and skills training in Cumbria and firmly believes that Further Education colleges have a critical role to play in the economic success of the county.

Having grown up near Brampton, Cumbria, Andrew graduated from the University of Hull in 1993 with a BA (Joint Honours) in French and Scandinavian Studies. His early career was focused on working in hospitality and retail management, before he moved into Further Education as a lecturer at Hull College in 2002. He then took up a senior post at East Riding College where he subsequently became Vice Principal.

Andrew has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of Huddersfield and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management with the Chartered Management Institute. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institution for Further Education. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and anything related to IT. At weekends he can usually be seen out walking on the fells with his young son and two lively beagles.

Andrew Wren – Declaration on Interest

Stewart Young

(Vice Chair) Leader, Cumbria County Council

Councillor Stewart Young is the Leader of Cumbria County Council. He has been a County Councillor since 1989 and brings wide experience of local government to the table.

His first spell as Leader was in 2000-2001 when the County was struck by Foot and Mouth Disease, and he was Leader again during Storm Desmond in 2015 and the severe winter weather of 2018, so not surprisingly he has an interest in the resilience of the Cumbrian economy, and the inadequacy of our physical infrastructure.

Stewart Young – declaration of interests