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Cheltenham Borough Council announces appointments to new Economic Advisory Board


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New board in place to support economic development in the borough

Cheltenham Borough Council has today announced the membership of the new Cheltenham Economic Advisory Board. The board is hosted by the council with an independent chair, Diane Savory OBE DL, and will act as an expert leadership body that guides, challenges, and supports the council in developing economic policy and actions.

Membership consists of business leaders from across the town who are volunteering their time to provide timely, relevant, and expert external advice on specific economy-related matters. Through consultation and conversation with the wider business community, board members will identify challenges and opportunities for Cheltenham’s economy.

Diane Savory said, “I was pleased to be able to support Cheltenham as we addressed the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. We developed strong partnerships with a focus on delivery of outcomes that make a difference. With a refreshed membership and clear agenda for growth of the Cheltenham Economy, I look forward to working with CEAB members on developing clear priorities for the year ahead”.

Board members are:
• Nigel Jobson, Chief Commercial Officer – Maybe*
• Ian George and Ali Mawle, co-CEO Cheltenham Festivals & Culture Board member
• Kristine Scott, Harrison Clark Rickerbys, Head of education and charities sector & Cheltenham office
• Dorian Wragg, Partner at Bruton Knowles and GFirst LEP Board member
• Rob Loveday, Advanced engineering and manufacturing specialist
• Clare Borne, Head of Delivery, Innovation & Growth CYNAM
• Kamal Bechkoum, Head of School of Computing and Engineering at the University of Gloucestershire
• Tom Dunn, Associate Director at HBD, part of the Golden Valley Development team

Cllr Rowena Hay, Leader of Cheltenham Borough Council said “I am pleased to announce these appointments to the Cheltenham Economic Advisory Board. Each member brings with them a diverse range of skills, knowledge and expertise to enable them to give us their perspective in areas of business, education and skills alongside wider employee-related issues. We are pleased that they have given up their valuable time to contribute to the long-term goal of improving Cheltenham’s economy, helping to stimulate inward investment and strengthening our resilience to future challenges in an ever changing world.”

For more information on the Cheltenham Economic Advisory Board, click here.

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