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Terry Hodgkinson appointed as new Yorkshire Forward Chairman designate

31/07/2003

Terry Hodgkinson was today appointed as the next Chairman of Yorkshire Forward to succeed Sir Graham Hall who retires from the post in December.

Terry Hodgkinson is Managing Director of Magna Holdings Ltd and a Director of Lemmeleg Building and Contracting Ltd. As an employer he has worked with Yorkshire Forward on urban renaissance, skills and other construction industry issues.

Terry Hodgkinson said:

“It is a great honour to be chosen to lead Yorkshire Forward through the next stage of development. Sir Graham has laid strong foundations for Yorkshire Forward and I believe that Yorkshire Forward’s success in its next stage of development depends on the establishment of strong and effective relationships with stakeholders.”

Sir Graham, who was appointed Chairman in 1998 oversaw the creation of the Regional Development Agency and the production of the Regional Economic Strategy, Yorkshire and Humber’s first ever blueprint for creating a world-class, prosperous region.

During his tenure, Yorkshire Forward has met all its targets set by the Government which in the past year included the creation or safeguarding of more than 10,800 jobs and the establishment of more than 800 new businesses.

Sir Graham said:

“This is great news for the region. I warmly welcome the appointment and look forward to working with Terry over the next few months to ensure continuity and a smooth and successful transition.

“Terry’s experience as a successful businessman will be invaluable in driving forward the region’s economy.”

Notes to editors:

1. Yorkshire Forward is the driving force behind the economic regeneration of the region, delivering a programme of change that will make a positive difference to our people, our businesses and our environment.

2. Yorkshire Forward’s investment across the region is maximised by attracting European Regional Development Funding from the Objective One and Two programmes.

3. For further information, please contact Keith Crane, Senior Media Relations Officer, Yorkshire Forward on 0113 394 9710; fax 0113 234 9211; e-mail keith.crane@yorkshire-forward.com