Enterprise M3 LEP has announced three local authority appointments to its board.
The new recruits are Cllr Tim Oliver, leader of Surrey County Council, Cllr Phil North, leader of Test Valley Borough Council and Cllr Nick Prescot, leader of Runnymede Borough Council.
In addition, Jim McAllister, chief executive of The Rutland Group, a family-owned property development, investment and management company, has renewed his term.
Cllr Oliver said: “Growing the economy in Surrey is one of the four key areas of focus for the county council. We have a Surrey-wide Partnership Growth Board that has set a strategy to do exactly that, with a delivery plan and I see EM3 as a key player in its delivery
“EM3 has extensive experience in generating investment for the county and we want to harness that as part of the strategy. The LEP has a wealth of experience of working with businesses across Surrey and Hants and we want to build on that through the growth board
“I will want to focus on supporting and encouraging the work the LEP is doing in Surrey but also using it as a bridge to closer working with Hampshire County Council to create a powerful geographical economic region stretching from the Solent to London.
“At a time that the Government are undertaking a review of the LEPs I will want to ensure that we have a flexible relationship that can accommodate whatever their role will be going forward and ensuring that we don’t lose their expertise in the areas that matter to Surrey.”
Image (l-r): Cllrs Oliver, North and Prescot.
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