Kevin Harris, RSM's office managing partner in Leicester, has been appointed Chairman of the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).
The appointment was ratified at the LLEP board meeting last week, and Kevin took over the role on Sunday. He will remain in post until May 2020.
Kevin succeeds Nick Pulley, Regional Director at Santander Corporate Bank, who served as a board member for two years before becoming the LLEP Board Chair for the past four years.
'Kevin has been a very valuable member of the LLEP board for over 3 years and is currently Vice Chair. He is well known and well connected in the Leicester and Leicestershire area and his interface with the business community will continue to be a great asset in this role.
'Along with the existing board members and three new board members appointed in June, I know Kevin has the ability and leadership qualities to drive the LLEP onwards and upwards.'
'The impact of global and domestic economic changes presents significant opportunities for Leicester and Leicestershire, given its strong entrepreneurial track record.
'When combined with the diversity of the local population and its excellent central location, the city and county has much to shout about. An effective Local Industrial Strategy will be a key factor for success and I am looking forward to playing a significant role in the development and delivery of this, alongside other key initiatives.'
Kevin Harris becomes LLEP Chair in addition to three new private sector LLEP board members recently announced; Chas Bishop, Chief Executive, The National Space Centre, Karen Smart, Managing Director, East Midlands Airport and Neil McGhee, Director, Sempervox. They complete the board of 15 members.