SEMLEP names its new chief executiveMar 28, 2013
Daniel Mouawad (pictured) is a senior British commercial diplomat and is moving to the area from his previous post as chief executive of private sector business development company pro.manchester.
SEMLEP, the organisation charged by the government with overseeing the regional economic growth of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and parts of Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire, is beginning work on its bid a Local Growth Fund from government, following Lord Heseltine’s recent review.
Mr Mouawad said: “SEMLEP’s ambition, which I am wholly subscribed to, is to be one of the most innovative, successful and high performing local enterprise partnerships in England.
"The government’s response to Lord Heseltine’s review now sets the framework for SEMLEP to develop a strategic plan to bid for a Local Growth Fund covering transport, housing and skills.
“I very much look forward to working closely with businesses and our wider stakeholders to unlock the barriers and accelerate economic growth.”
SEMLEP chair Dr Ann Limb said: “Daniel’s impressive track record, along with his successful career in the private sector and his understanding for the public sector and for government funding made our decision so much easier. This is a new and exciting development for SEMLEP.”
Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson, a member of the SEMLEP board, added: “This appointment reflects the partnership’s commitment to combining private and public sector expertise to deliver sustainable growth in South East Midlands. We look forward to working with Daniel to achieve our full economic potential.”