WMG, at the University of Warwick, are pleased to announce that Dr Richard Hutchins has been appointed to the Board of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CW LEP).
As a Director of the CW LEP, a partnership designed to grow the economy of the area, he will be involved in a number of activities that will help to create long term growth for the region.
Dr Richard Hutchins is Director of Jaguar Land Rover Programmes at WMG, supporting JLR's partnership with WMG and other public bodies. He is also leading the development of the WMG Academy for Young Engineers and is a Board Member of West Midlands Manufacturing Consortium which runs the Manufacturing Advisory Service.
Previously, he was Deputy Chief Executive at Advantage West Midlands and was also a business director at food industry think-tank IGD and a lecturer at Newcastle University and Imperial College.
Dr Hutchins comments “I am delighted to have been appointed as a Director of the CW LEP. These are exciting times for the Region; there is much that Coventry and Warwickshire can offer, with the current plan looking to drive forward the local economy by improving skills, innovation, productivity and jobs.
I am particularly excited about Coventry and Warwickshire’s City Deal which if successful will see an increase in the number of skilled engineers, an increase in the number of businesses investing in research and development, as well as increased investment in advance manufacturing.”
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG, said “It is wonderful news that Richard has been appointed to the CW LEP. He has the right background and credentials to make a positive impact on the regional growth plans. This is a close fit with his management of the WMG Academy with both are seeking to reduce the engineering skills gap that exists in our region.”
Richard was one of three major business figures appointed to the CW LEP board this week. Joining Richard is Karl Eddy is head of Grant Thornton's Government Infrastructure Advisory team and Birmingham Airport CEO Paul Kehoe.
Sir Peter Rigby, chair of the CW LEP, said: “The three directors are not only experts in their field but are also outstanding business people who have a real interest in helping Coventry and Warwickshire thrive.
“Their appointment will significantly strengthen what is already an excellent board of directors who are now driving the LEP forward very successfully.
“I know they are looking forward to helping Coventry and Warwickshire achieve its undoubted potential in creating jobs and helping the economy improve.”
Left to right: Richard Hutchins, Paul Kehoe, Karl Eddy, Sir Peter Rigby