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Connect Yorkshire EIR and well-known Leeds telecoms entrepreneur is one of three new appointments to the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) board.

Professor Adam Beaumont, the chief executive of AQL, has joined the board alongside Nicola Greenan, director of East Street Arts, and Amir Hussain, managing director of Yeme Architects.

Roger Marsh , chairman of the LEP, said: “I’m delighted to welcome three new LEP board members of the highest calibre, who will no doubt make significant contributions towards our ambition of making our city region the best place in the UK to live, work or grow a business.

“We’ve achieved a lot already but really this is just the beginning.”

Beaumont, a ubitiquitous figure on the Leeds business scene and a passionate advocate of his adopted city, added: “I am thrilled to have been appointed to the LEP board, both as representative of the digital sector but also as an entrepreneur and business owner.

“Leeds City Region is home to some of the biggest and most innovative digital companies in the UK, I look forward to helping to ensure we have the right skills to maintain and grow that position as well as helping to promote the region nationally and internationally to allow even more opportunity for city region businesses to grow, at home and overseas.”

Greenan said she is looking forward to “working towards building a city region with creativity, culture and innovation at its heart”

“With my background – having been born and raised in Seacroft and more recently with my roles at the LS14 Trust and East Street Arts – it shows the LEP’s desire to create an inclusive board that listens to alternative opinion and shape a truly pioneering future for the city region,” she added.

Hussain said: “As a proud Bradfordian, a business founder and owner, and as someone who recognises the crucial link between economic development and wellbeing, I look forward to working with the new and existing membership to connect people and place to improve the social, physical and financial wellbeing of our people.”

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