The Institute of Economic Development has announced two appointments to its board of directors.
Warren Ralls, director of the LEP Network, said the appointment would be beneficial for both the IED and the LEP Network, which brings together 38 local enterprise partnerships (LEP) and promotes best practice.
“I really like what the organisation is doing in terms of being more vocal and I feel it would benefit from a LEP voice, through which I can bring knowledge and skills.
“Most IED members are from a local authority background, and there are others in the wider economic development community that would benefit from what the IED does.”
Ralls has 20 years of experience in economic development. He has been the area director for the Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire area at the South East England Development Agency; partnerships manager at Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP and deputy chief executive at Business Link Surrey. He took up the role at the LEP Network in 2015.
Gordon Mole, who moved to Scotland two years ago from a role as head of culture and environment services at Ipswich Borough Council, is responsible for employability, economic policy, inward investment, town centres and tourism at Fife Council.
He has also been an employment and brokerage manager for Crossrail.
Mole said he is “keen to ensure that employability has a strong voice within the institute”.
Pictured: Warren Ralls
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