Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Roger Marsh is Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the public – private sector partnership promoting the Leeds City Region’s interests on a national and international scale, helping enterprise and business to thrive and unlocking potential through partnership.
Since becoming Chair, Roger has led the LEP through a period of significant transformation, securing the country’s largest Local Growth Deal settlement - bringing in excess of £1bn of investment to the region. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2015 for Services to Business and the Economy.
As a member of the HS2 Growth Task Force and West Yorkshire Combined Authority Board, Roger has played a prominent role in shaping the future of the region’s major transport infrastructure. Working in partnership with Civic Leaders, Roger continues to pursue the LEP’s vision to develop the Leeds City Region as an economic powerhouse, creating jobs and prosperity for all who live and do business here; both for Northern and National economic advantage.
Roger has managed change at the highest level of Government, major businesses and companies implementing sensitive projects in times of transition and for long term financial health. Roger has built, led and been a member of cohesive teams delivering impressive results.
Yet despite these significant opportunities, the North and Midlands are still lagging their Southern counterparts when it comes to official innovation measures. This is something the country must address if it is to successfully exploit the new ideas, skills and technologies that will cement Britain's place at the forefront of this fourth Industrial Revolution that's now underway.
Fintech is undoubtedly one of the major growth sectors for Leeds City Region. Indeed, as an existing centre of excellence for both finance (as the UK's second centre for banking, home to over 30 national and international banks) and technology, we are primed and ready to capitalise on the opportunity.
I was flicking through the<em> i</em> newspaper the other day when one particular article grabbed my attention. According to a new 12-month study for the National Citizen Service, almost half of teenagers in Yorkshire and the Humber (48%) think the area they live in will negatively influence their chances in life. This was the highest rate in the country.
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