LEP Announces Veteran Gig Rower As New Chairman

mark duddridgeA Gig Championships veteran rower has been announced as the next chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.

Mark Duddridge will take on the role after current Chairman Chris Pomfret steps down in the New Year.

Mark, 52, is currently a main board director of Samworth Brothers, which owns Ginsters and Tamar Foods in Cornwall. He was managing director of Ginsters for 15 years.

He’s a trustee of the Prince’s Countryside Fund, one of the Duke of Cornwall’s charities, and of Chicks, which provides holidays for inner city children.

He’s also a passionate gig rower – he is a member of Caradon Gig Rowing Club and has rowed in several Gig Championships in Scilly.

Mark says he’s thrilled to have been offered the position and to be joining the LEP at such an important time.

The organisation is currently helping to decide how best to invest over £1 billion of public, private and European funds in the local economy by 2020.

Mark says: “A priority for me is making sure our young people can pursue rewarding careers here without having to move away. That means working with business and education to give people the skills employers need. The LEP has the tools to make that happen and I can’t wait to get on with it.”

The Islands’ Partnership was part of a stakeholder panel involved in the interview process for the new chairman.