CJ succeeds Doug Field as Chair of New Anglia LEP. Doug became Chair in September 2017 and stood down at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting, held virtually on 23 September.
CJ joined the New Anglia LEP board in April 2020. She brings a range of private and public sector human resources experience to the Board. She is Co-Founder and Executive Director of BraveGoose, a technology-driven human resources advice solution.
She was previously Chief People Officer and then Chief Executive Officer of a Suffolk company with a global workforce of 26,000. She is also a Trustee of Pepal, which connects non-government organisations and global corporations to find solutions to social issues.
She said: “I’m delighted to be taking on the role of Chair of New Anglia LEP. Since joining the Board in April this year, I’ve already seen the impact that the LEP has in the local economy, from supporting our regional recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic to helping businesses reopen safely and secure vital funding.
“Having recently awarded an additional £32.1m to local projects as part of the national Getting Building Fund, I look forward to seeing those progress and supporting the LEP’s work across our key sectors, skills initiatives, inward investment campaigns and our strategic work with local partners and Government.
“I am looking forward to representing local businesses at this challenging time and using my expertise and experience to help drive forward the LEP’s work.”
Speaking at New Anglia LEP’s virtual AGM, CJ said: “I take the baton as Chair at a tough point in time, we are facing some of the biggest challenges in business and in our communities, and It is precisely when times are challenging that strong collaboration can have the most impact.
“As the end of the EU Exit transition period approaches, we know that even more uncertainty will be around the corner and it is important that we work alongside local private and public sector partners to focus on the commitments made in our Economic Recovery plan.
“New Anglia LEP brings together diversity of thought, valuable support and a continued ambition for sustainable economic growth in our region. In today’s economy, growth is powered through knowledge, infrastructure, creativity and innovation and it is the role of the LEP to work with business, education and local authority partners to help to create the right platforms for that to happen.”