We are delighted that Cirrus Director Clare Hayward has been announced as the new Chair of Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Clare, a founding director of Cirrus, is already an active member of the LEP Board. As Chair of the LEP’s Employers Skills Board, she led the development of its £30m transformative skills programme for Cheshire and Warrington. She founded and chaired Make it Macclesfield and was awarded an MBE for services to economic regeneration in Macclesfield in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Clare also undertakes extensive charity work and is a serving Deputy Lieutenant.
Clare takes up her new role on 1 April alongside her role at Cirrus, where she is highly valued by clients and colleagues.
“I feel privileged to have been selected to lead an organisation that makes such a difference to Cheshire and Warrington,” says Clare. “We are bringing the private and public sector together to focus relentlessly on what our region needs today and tomorrow. We have one of the most successful economies in the country. We need to ensure we continue to work together to drive innovation, retain and attract more businesses and talented people, and develop future-focused skills and career opportunities.”
Working with LEP colleagues, Clare will ensure the priorities of Cheshire and Warrington businesses are understood by government and to strengthen the region’s already impressive contribution to the Northern Powerhouse.
Clare places this in the context of the seismic changes that business is facing: “This is the decade of Brexit, decarbonisation, global geopolitical shifts, demographic tipping point and significant technological changes, all of which are impacting our region. These are the challenges and opportunities we need to prepare for and embrace.”