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Retiring port director to pass on LEP baton
SOUTHAMPTON port director Doug Morrison is to stand down as chairman of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Mr Morrison announced his intention to stand down as port director last week, and he will now also retire from his roles as director and chairman of the organisation which brings together business leaders, education bosses and politicians from across the south to attract investment and encourage economic growth.
He has been chairman since May 2011.
Mr Morrison said: “I am of course aware of the need to maintain continuity for the LEP at such an important time, as our responsibilities continue to grow, and the board will elect a new business director chairman at our meeting in November.
“I plan to maintain my engagement with the new chairman until my retirement from ABP takes effect in December in order to ensure that there are sufficient hand-over arrangements in place for whoever is chosen to take on this critical role “I am confident that whoever the board wish to appoint as chairman from November will be well placed to conclude the work to develop what I believe will be one of the strongest strategic economic plans in the country.”
Solent LEP director Councillor Seán Woodward said: “Doug has served the Solent LEP with business expertise of the highest order throughout our formative period as a shadow board and continued to do so in his role as chairman of the permanent board.
“I am most grateful to Doug for the work that he has done, both personally and in close association with colleagues, in putting the Solent LEP very firmly on the political map with all of the benefits for the local economy that flow from that.”
As previously reported by the Daily Echo, Mr Morrison will be replaced at ABP by Nick Ridehalgh, who is currently the company’s port director of short sea ports.
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