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New LEP Panel Chair issues call for more members

Joanne Holborn Joanne Holborn

The new Chair of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership’s (CLEP’s) Professional Services Sector Panel is calling for more people from the sector to join and help improve productivity within Cumbria.

The appointment of Joanne Holborn, a partner with leading business law firm Baines Wilson, as Chair of the Panel was confirmed by the CLEP Board when it met recently.

A highly experienced Employment Lawyer, Joanne has represented companies in Employment Tribunals throughout the UK. Joanne only acts on behalf of businesses and she has always had a diverse case load including large scale redundancy situations and workplace closures, unfair dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, sexual orientation, disability and equal pay.

She is a member of the Employment Tribunal User Group for the Regional Office of Employment Tribunals in Manchester and a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association.

On being appointed, Joanne said: “I am delighted to be appointed as Chair of the Professional Services Sector Panel. I am passionate about Cumbria and its potential so I am really looking forward to working with my colleagues from across the County to grow our sector.”

The Professional Services Sector Panel is one of nine Sector Panels established by CLEP comprising business leaders, local authorities and other public sector bodies alongside voluntary sector representatives. Their role is to work collaboratively to deliver economic growth, productivity and prosperity within their sectors.

Joanne, Head of Employment and Employment Training with Baines Wilson, which has its Cumbrian base in Carlisle, would like to see more people from the sector contribute to the Panel’s work.

She said: “I’m pleased to see that we’re building up a wide range of Panel members but I am very keen that we attract further membership so that we are fully representative of our sector in Cumbria.

“If you’re interested in finding out about the Panel’s work and feel that you can help shape our developing work programme, I would be delighted to hear from you.”

Potential Panel members are invited to apply by submitting their CV and a brief covering letter outlining their experience in the sector and why they would like to join the Panel to Jo Lappin, Chief Executive of Cumbria LEP, by Friday, February 14Contact details can be found here.

Successful applicants may be requested to attend an interview before appointments are confirmed.

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