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Mike Starkie

Mike Starkie became Cumbria’s first elected mayor in May 2015, his role as directly-elected mayor in the borough of Copeland replacing that of the council leader. His main duties include being the council’s principal public spokesperson and providing its overall … Continue reading

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Ian Robinson – Innovia Films Procurement Director

Ian spent his formative years in Cumbria living on Walney Island. In 1977 he left the area to study Chemistry at University and followed this with an MSc in Environmental Management. His subsequent career in procurement and supply chain management … Continue reading

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Duncan Peake, CEO, Holker Group

Duncan is a qualified Chartered Surveyor with 30 years post qualification experience. Duncan joined Holker as CEO in 2007 after a successful track record developing some of the UK’s foremost landed estate businesses. Duncan leads the Holker Group senior management … Continue reading

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Rob Johnston MBE FCIM

Rob is Chief Executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, Cumbria’s leading business organisation with around 1,400 members and engaging regularly with over 15,000, in the last five years alone supporting 15,000 businesses and 4,000 pre-starts, creating/safeguarding 8,500 jobs and generating … Continue reading

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Jim Jackson – Openreach Regional Infrastructure Director for the North

Jim has worked in the Telecommunications industry all his career, moving to Cumbria in 1984 as an Operational Manager for the South Lakes. He has lived here ever since, carrying out a wide range of roles within British Telecom and … Continue reading

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Cumbria takes leading role in provision of apprenticeships

Latest figures from central Government indicate that the Cumbrian economy is offering some of the highest numbers of apprenticeships in the UK. In a national analysis looking at the proportion of 16-17 year olds who are recorded as being in … Continue reading

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Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership appoints new director

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has announced the appointment of a new Director, Graham Haywood, to drive forward the next phase of its strategic economic plan, which aims to create 15,000 jobs in Cumbria by 2024. Graham has previously been the … Continue reading

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Councillor Stewart Young

Leader, Cumbria County Council After leaving school Stewart left Cumbria for the University College of Wales to undertake a degree in Philosophy & Statistics. Returning to Cumbria to develop his career he later became Principal Manager of a firm of … Continue reading

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Councillor Dave Pidduck

Leader, Barrow Borough Council Councillor Dave Pidduck is the current leader of Barrow Borough Council and its official spokesperson for economic development and regeneration, as well as human resources. In his role as leader of the council, Dave oversees meetings … Continue reading

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Prof. Peter Strike

University of Cumbria Prior to becoming Vice Chancellor of the University of Cumbria Peter Strike was Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Knowledge Exchange and Business Engagement) at the University of Sunderland. Following a highly successful career in research and teaching at … Continue reading

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