Top 10 – Yorkshire’s Economic and Business Influencers 2019

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Source: Insider Magazine

James Muir - Chair, Sheffield City Region

#10 James Muir - Chair, Sheffield City Region

New boss of Sheffield LEP, Muir is seen as the right man to replace Sir Nigel Knowles in attracting the investment needed to develop South Yorkshire’s economic strengths.


Robert Hough - Chairman, Peel Airports Group

#9 Robert Hough - Chairman, Peel Airports Group

Peel Airport Group is committed to developing the Sheffield/Doncaster airport into Aero Centre Yorkshire which will act as a central airport hub attracting around 4.7 million passengers a year by 2037


Juergen Maier - Chief Executive, Siemens UK

#8 Juergen Maier - Chief Executive, Siemens UK

As co-chair of the Made Smarter Commission, Maier is very influential in developing UK manufacturing for the future. With a turbine factory in Hull and a planned factory in Goole for the London Underground trains, Siemens will create around 1,700 new jobs in the Yorkshire & Humber region


Simon Bird - Humber Director, Associated British Ports

#7 Simon Bird - Humber Director, Associated British Ports

ABP’s four Humber ports of Hull, Grimsby, Goole and Immingham are key to the regions success following Brexit. A £50m investment into container terminals will see Hull opening new connections with other countries


Dan Jarvis MP - Member of Parliament for Barnsley Central and Mayor

#6 Dan Jarvis MP - Member of Parliament for Barnsley Central and Mayor

As Mayor of Sheffield City Region, Jarvis as no real mayoral powers or a budget. But he does have considerable influence in government circles. A champion of ‘One Yorkshire devolution it places him in a difficult position when implementing the Sheffield City Region Deal.


Keith Ridgway -  Executive Chair, Advanced Manufacturing research Center, University of Sheffield

#5 Keith Ridgway - Executive Chair, Advanced Manufacturing research Center, University of Sheffield

Ridgeway is seen to be a key figure in attracting investment to Sheffield city Region with big companies such as Boeing and McLaren setting up manufacturing plants at the Advanced Manufacturing Park


Susan Hinchcliffe - Chair, West Yorkshire Combined Authority

#4 Susan Hinchcliffe - Chair, West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Leader of Bradford Metropolitan Council

A keen supporter of the ‘One Yorkshire’ devolution deal, which the government as recently refused to allow, Hinchcliffe is determined to bring a Northern Powerhouse Station to Bradford through the Next Stop Bradford Campaign.


Tom Riordan - Chief Executive of Leeds City Council

#3 Tom Riordan - Chief Executive of Leeds City Council

Formerly head of Yorkshire Forward, Riordan is no stranger to handling complex economic portfolios. Leeds is the second largest council in the UK and Riordan as aspirations of developing the City into the next key city after London.


Judith Blake - Leader of Leeds City Council

#2 Judith Blake - Leader of Leeds City Council

Judith Blake is a constant thorn in central governments side when it comes to Whitehall’s inaction on issues affecting the city. She is also a strong advocate for Leeds when attracting businesses like Channel 4 and Burberry


Roger Marsh - Chair, Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

#1 Roger Marsh - Chair, Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.

In the six years Roger Marsh as been in charge at Leeds City Region, he as proved key to attracting many of the investment opportunities that have been brought to the region.



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