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Cumbria’s leaders join together to develop talent

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership female leaders Attendees

A group of Cumbria’s leaders have joined together to explore opportunities to work together collectively in order to develop Cumbria’s Leadership Talent.

Hosted by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, the initial meeting welcomed individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and sectors, including a number of Cumbria LEP Board members, Borough Council and Cumbrian business leaders, in order to discuss ways to further recognise and realise Cumbria’s potential. The group addressed supporting the upcoming pipeline of high achievers and leaders, profiling the regions’ role models and encouraging diversity in the county.

The action was warmly welcomed and there was a collective commitment from all attendees to develop a series of practical actions that organisations could take to move forward the leadership agenda.

Cumbria LEP is now set to develop an action plan, in conjunction with its partners, which promotes the interests of Cumbria as a place where people can thrive.

Andrew Wren, Principal and Chief Executive at Furness College, CLEP Board Member and Diversity Champion, said: “Cumbria LEP takes diversity and inclusivity very seriously and is committed to making sure that all of our people here in Cumbria meet their maximum potential. That’s why I was very pleased to see Sarah Swindley, my Board colleague, drawing together senior leaders to explore how we can work together to take this forward.”

Sarah Swindley, Chief Executive at Lake District Foundation and CLEP Board Member, said: “I was delighted that so many of our senior leaders came together to share their experiences and to identify opportunities to work together to help build Cumbria’s future leaders. The energy and commitment to moving Cumbria forward was hugely encouraging and we will be translating this into action over the coming months.”

In attendance was: 

Sarah Swindley, Lake District Foundation (Chair); Jo Lappin, Cumbria LEP; Miranda Kirschel, Cumbria LEP; Caroline Redhead, Burnetts; Catherine Eve, Centre for Leadership Performance; Emma Porter, Story Contracting; Jackie Bywater, Natwest; Jayne Moorby, Oxley Group; Joanne Holborn, Baines Wilson; Julie Mennell, University of Cumbria; Hazel Blears, Well Whitehaven; Marcia Reid-Fotheringham, High Sheriff of Cumbria; Mary Robinson, Eden Council; Pat Graham, Copeland Council; Sam Plum, Barrow Council; Sarah Dunning, Westmorland Limited; Sarah Glass, Centre for Leadership Performance; Sue Howarth, Family Business Network.

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