13 April 2017: Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has named Mark Lebus as the new Chair of its Rural Action Group. The Rural Action Group brings together public, private and not for profit stakeholders to develop and recommend policies and actions to advance the economic interest of rural areas, which make up a significant proportion of the Enterprise M3 LEP area. The group works with local councils and other organisations to secure long term and sustainable economic growth in the rural economy.
Mark will work with other members of the Group to ensure that the rural agenda is strongly represented throughout the work of Enterprise M3 and also ensure that our rural communities have the opportunity to articulate their needs and concerns. .
Explaining his priorities as the new Chair of the Rural Group, Mark said:
“I am delighted at the opportunity to serve as Chair of the LEP’s Rural Action Group and look forward to working with other members of the group and wider partners. . One of our key objectives going forward, will be to summarise and promote the value of the current Enterprise M3 rural economy, to ensure that we establish the priority items of interest for our members and deliver tangible evidence of progress.”
Mark added: “The Rural agenda is sometimes considered to be less of a priority when it comes to economic development and growth, despite the considerable value it brings to the area through jobs and GDP. As the Rural Group comprises of thought leaders across most rural sectors, we have the mandate and platform to ensure that key economic challenges, robust sustainability planning and funding opportunities are highlighted and clearly feature in the policy development and decisions of the Enterprise M3 Board.”
Mark, who is an engineer with a background in project management and sales, is founder and CEO of LC Energy Ltd, a company that provides sustainable energy from biomass across the UK. He is also chairman and founder of the National Wood Fuel Conference UK, a board director of the UK Pellet Council, a member of the UK BSL Advisory Panel, and a member of the Hampshire Wood Fuel Cooperative. Mark takes over from John Jervoise who chaired the group since it was established in 2012.
James Cretney, Enterprise M3 board representative for rural issues, said:
“Having Mark as the new chair of our Rural Action Group is a big win for us as we will benefit immensely from his deep knowledge, experience and network of contacts. It is reassuring to know that the remarkable achievements recorded under John Jervoise’s leadership, over the last five years, will continue.
James added: “The rural economy is a significant part of our LEP area, contributing about 15% of our economic output. We are keen to build on this and the Rural Action Group will play a key role in shaping our policies and providing strategic guidance with regards to the rural agenda.”