Source: Insider Magazine
#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.
#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
#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
#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
#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.
#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
#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.
#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.
#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
#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.