Head of business growth to take on day to day running of Lancashire Enterprise Partnership
The head of Boost, Lancashire's business growth hub, is to take over the day-to-day running of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) following the departure of the chief executive.
Andy Walker, who is head of business growth at Lancashire County Council, will take on the role on an interim basis as part of his job to drive forward economic growth in the county.
He will also help the LEP prepare for new governance arrangements to help the body become fully embedded into the anticipated County Deal Greater Lancashire is negotiating with government. Placing the LEP in a central role will be critical for the success of a County Deal, which will place growth and business at its heart.
LEP Chair Debbie Francis OBE said: "Andy is a well-known and well-respected figure in Lancashire's business community and he's the perfect person to take on the role of managing the LEP in this transitionary period.
"A thriving and dynamic private sector lies at the heart of Lancashire's devolution ambitions. The LEP's role will be vital as we secure a County Deal for Lancashire so we want to ensure the LEP is fully embedded into the emerging structures. It makes sense that during this period the LEP's management arrangements are brought under the supervision of Lancashire County Council."
Andy Walker added: "Economic growth is the key to ensuring the success of our emerging County Deal. The LEP has such an important part to play in this so I am thrilled to be taking this responsibility on at such an exciting time for Lancashire."