West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership has appointed new board members to the Leeds Academic Health Partnership.
Sir Roger Marsh OBE DL, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership will join the board, alongside Ian Holmes, Director at West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership. Their roles will be to focus on increasing the expansion of the current regional operation and to provide insight into regional strategy and development.
Tom Riordan, Chair of Leeds Academic Health Partnership and Chief Executive, Leeds City Council, said: “Since forming five years ago, the Leeds Academic Health Partnership has achieved significant progress in addressing the health and care challenges we face in Leeds, and in strengthening our local economy.
“We’ve come a long way, but we know that there is more we can do and, with the uncertainty we face now in health and care, and in our economy, we need to strive to do more. With Roger and Ian joining as members, we are better placed to meet those challenges, not just here in Leeds, but also in the wider region. I look forward to the opportunities these changes in our partnership bring and to engaging with a wider range of businesses, entrepreneurs, academics and innovators.”
The regional expansion is a result of further devolution being applied to the West Yorkshire area, through government White Paper proposals.
Dr Liz Mear, Leeds Academic Partnership Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sir Roger and Ian to our partnership as they will each bring unique and invaluable experience and expertise. Having their regional input is very timely for us.
“It’s an exciting step towards fulfilling our shared goals and the UK’s growing ambition for collaboration between health, academia and industry – ultimately to help people live healthier, wealthier lives.”