Global telecoms giant BT senior executive John Beswick has joined Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership Board as business representative following a rigorous selection process.

John was officially co-opted onto the main board at its meeting on 21 March, taking over as business representative from Andrew Stroomer. Andrew stepped down in December following his retirement from Airbus, where he had been site director at its Stevenage campus.

John Beswick is Chief Financial Officer of BT Technology which looks after all of BT’s technology, research and innovation delivery in the UK and across the globe. Prior to his current role, John was Chief Finance Officer for BT Group's Shared Service Centres, and also led the Group’s Commercial Finance teams. The global telecoms brand has a site on Hatfield Business Park, for which John is the senior site sponsor.

John joined Hertfordshire LEP’s Enterprise and Innovation Board in July 2018 and was appointed to the LEP Board following a panel interview. All LEP board members give their time voluntarily and are unremunerated.

Kit Davies, Principal and CEO of Hart Learning Group at North Hertfordshire College, has taken over as Further Education representative from Zoe Hancock, who steps down in June. Each FE rep is nominated to serve for two years, with the post rotated among the county’s four FE colleges.

Mark Bretton, Chair, Hertfordshire LEP said: “We are delighted to welcome John and know that his business acumen and insight into the global telecoms sector will add tremendous value to the Board. It is testimony to the great work that we are doing that we continue to attract such high-calibre business leaders.

“I would also like to thank Andrew for his important contribution to the Board. Andrew was instrumental in setting up Airbus Foundation Discovery Space which continues to bring space exploration to life at a critical time for young people when they are choosing their future career paths.”

Other LEP appointments include Chris Tredget, Managing Director, Willmott Dixon, who is joining the LEP’s Strategic Infrastructure Board. Chris joined Willmott Dixon in 1982 as a trainee and joined the board in 2000, becoming Managing Director in 2010.

Tina Barnard, Chair, Strategic Infrastructure Board, said: “We are delighted to welcome Chris on board. There are a number of high profile issues where we will seek Chris’s views, especially around the loss of employment land. I am delighted that we will have his expertise to call on.”

LEP Board Members are elected to serve for a three-year period, following an open and transparent selection process. This can be extended to a maximum of six years in order to refresh the membership of the Board on a regular basis. The Board is set at a maximum of 15 members, of which eight are drawn from the private sector, to enable a strong team ethic, fully inclusive debate and a capacity for rapid decisions.

Mark Bretton, Chair of Hertfordshire LEP, said: “Fixed terms of office means that the LEP can remain agile and responsive to the county’s challenges and opportunities. This is particularly important as we build a Local Industrial Strategy for the county that plays to our strengths and addresses specific issues.”

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