Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) welcomes Professor Paul Hogg and Jason Gaskell as they step into new roles within the LEP’s Board. Paul Hogg takes over from Malcolm Parry as the Higher Education representative, while Jason Gaskell succeeds Zoe Gray as the not-for-profit Sector representative.
Professor Hogg is the Vice-Principal (Research and Enterprise) and Dean of Science at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a leading international figure in the field of advanced materials, specialising in recent years in aerostructures and wind turbines. He has been leading a project to establish a new Department of Electronic Engineering at Royal Holloway, which will be admitting its first students this year. In his role, Professor Hogg will strengthen ties between higher education, businesses and local government, ensuring research and growth opportunities flow from universities to community for the benefit of all in the area.
Professor Hogg said:
“I am delighted to be voted onto the Board of Enterprise M3 as a representative for higher education. The LEPs undertake a vital role in promoting the economies of the regions in the UK and the HE sector is clearly a key component in supporting innovation, wealth creation and cultural development."
Professor Hogg continues, "The Hampshire and Surrey region is blessed with fantastic companies and great universities who already work together well. I hope to improve this level of interaction to ensure we all benefit from the opportunities that arise from increased focus on regional funding and the government’s emerging industrial strategy."
Jason Gaskell is Chief Executive at Surrey Community Action, a charity that works to represent the interests of the 7,000+ voluntary sector organisations across Surrey, with access to an equivalent number in Hampshire and beyond. His career started at Procter and Gamble, working in IT for 10 years before choosing to move into the voluntary sector.
“I am pleased to have been appointed to represent the not-for-profit sector on the Enterprise M3 Board. Charities and not-for-profit organisations contribute a significant amount to the economic and social value of the Enterprise M3 LEP area and indeed the country at large. I will work with the LEP to ensure that the needs of this important sector are recognised and appropriately reflected in the decisions of the LEP Board.”
About Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership:
Enterprise M3 is a business-led Local Enterprise Partnership, one of 38 in England, which is working to secure economic growth at sub-national level. We bring together leaders from the business, public and not-for-profit sectors and provide the vision, knowledge and strategic leadership needed to drive sustainable private sector growth.
Our aim is to create the foundations on which our businesses can flourish. We strive to improve business productivity, increase jobs and maximise the number of businesses operating across Enterprise M3. We have a particular focus on improving trade links working with Invest in Surrey and Invest in Hampshire.
The Enterprise M3 LEP area stretches from the hinterland of London to the New Forest covering mid to north Hampshire and South and West Surrey. The LEP area brings together business leaders from 14 district authorities across two counties and has four major interconnected urban centres known as ‘Growth’ towns: Woking, Guildford, Farnborough and Basingstoke and five ‘Step-up’ towns: Staines-upon-Thames, Camberley, Aldershot, Whitehill and Bordon and Andover.
The councils involved in the Enterprise M3 LEP are:
· Hampshire County Council
· Surrey County Council
· Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
· East Hampshire District Council
· Elmbridge Borough Council
· Guildford Borough Council
· Hart District Council
· New Forest District Council
· Runnymede Borough Council
· Rushmoor Borough Council
· Spelthorne Borough Council
· Surrey Heath Borough Council
· Test Valley Borough Council
· Waverley Borough Council
· Winchester City Council
· Woking Borough Council