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Yorks, Humber & North East Productivity Forum

This area covers the corner of England from the Midlands up to the Scottish border, neighbouring North West England. It has 8 million people, with Leeds easily the largest centre of economic activity. This region is in a transition from traditional heavy industry industries to more diversified business areas, but it still has a strong manufacturing presence. However, the region has the lowest levels of output per hour in the UK – about 17% below the UK average.

Key Contacts

Professor Philip McCann

Yorks, Humber & North East Forum lead
Sheffield University

Sarah Tulip

Yorks, Humber & North East Forum Chair


Alasdair Barrett

British Business Bank

Anne-Marie Kilkenny

Oliver Wight Consulting

Beckie Hart

Confederation of British Industry

Charles Turner

Durham Duplex

Dr Jon Finn

Tougher Minds

Dr Josey Wardle

Innovate UK

Felix Kumi-Ampofo 

Sheffield City Region Combined Authority

Geraldine Brown

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Giselle Stewart


Jamie Martin

Ward Hadaway

John Readman


Lisa Hart Shepherd

Thomson Reuters

Lisa Lister

Progress Marketing

Louise Kempton

Newcastle University

Nick Martin

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies

Paul Bashir

Harrison Street

Paul Mount

Bank of England’s Agency for Yorkshire & the Humber

Professor Peter Wells

Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Richard Harris

University of Durham

Professor Leaza McSorley

University of Sunderland

Richard Baker

North East Local Enterprise Partnership

Richard Flint

Butternut Box

Professor Gary Dymski

Leeds University Business School

Theresa Chalmers

Humber Local Enterprise Partnership

John Greenhough

The GreenField Organisation


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