New EEDA Board good for the Region Nov03

Bashir Khanbhai, Conservative MEP for the East of England, believes the appointment of Richard Ellis as Chairman of the East of England Development Agency will help make it a "strong catalyst that energises new as well as existing businesses" in the region.


 Mr Ellis will be supported by four newly appointed Directors with substantial experience of entrepreneurship and labour relations.


"I welcome the appointment of Patricia Holton of Hempnall, Norfolk, who has been a successful rural entrepreneur and an effective Member of Rural Action East," says Mr Khanbhai.


"John Snyder of University of Cambridge enterprise team and Tim Wilson, Vice Chancellor and CEO of Hertfordshire University have been very successful in establishing enterprises that earn substantial export revenue. Their expertise will enrich EEDA's board.


"Karen Livingstone from Bedfordshire is the fourth new director appointed and her experience of labour and employment will complement skills of her colleagues on the Board."


Mr Khanbhai added: "EEDA must be a strong catalyst that energises new as well as existing businesses in Eastern Region. I am delighted that the Board and executive management team reflect a width and depth of competence and work experience. Such a team will respond quickly and efficiently to the needs of industry, commerce and new entrepreneurs in our Region.


"I hope to play my part in securing European Union help for our businesses, especially in promoting renewable energy production."