Executive Recruitment

Our Board

David A Kerfoot MBE DL (Chair)

Chair of York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership and Deputy Lord Lieutenant North Yorkshire

David founded The Kerfoot Group jointly with his wife Elizabeth in 1980 using £300 capital and which grew to sales of over £80 million on a global basis exporting to over 50 countries. The group’s main markets are food manufacturing, cosmetics and aromatherapy, its head office being in Northallerton. The Group was sold to French agricultural giant Avril in 2015.

As a passionate social entrepreneur, David has a long history of community service. Currently he serves as Chairman of the LEP, Chairman of the Pendragon Community Trust, trustee of a food bank and founder of an initiative called Smile for Moldova which supports people in the poorest country in Europe. He is also a patron of the Samaritans and a lifelong activist in the Prison Service as well as being a trustee of Breadline. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire and High Sheriff of North Yorkshire in nomination for the year 2020.

David is passionate about helping small business and developing our regions, recently giving evidence at Parliamentary Committees on these subjects.

David Dickson (Deputy Chair) Chair of Infrastructure Board

David is a Deputy Chair on our Main LEP Board and Chair of our Infrastructure Board.

David Dickson was the Senior Partner of Garbutt & Elliott LLP, Chartered Accountants until June 2015 having joined the firm as a partner from KPMG in 1990.

As part of his role in the SME and family business sectors he is a very experienced corporate finance advisor and, in particular, specialises in family business strategy, corporate governance, succession planning and exits. At Garbutt & Elliott he worked as part of a team of four partners plus support staff.

David also acts as a business advisor to a portfolio of successful owner-managed and family businesses. He has a significant network of contacts in banking and capital markets. He is also an active member of the CBI SME Committee and a member of the CBI Tax Task Force, reporting on issues affecting SME and family businesses.

David is currently a Director of several organisations in Yorkshire and, in addition, he is Treasurer of the University of York and Chairman of its Finance & Policy Committee. David also previously held an international post as a member of the World Governing Council of Praxity, one of 11 partners managing an association based in over 100 countries and employing over 32,000 people.

He holds a Fellowship in Family Business Advice and, as well as being a member of the IFB (the Institute for Family Business) and of ICFiB (the International Centre for Families in Business), David is a member of the Family Assembly and Chairman of the Family Business Committee of one of the UK’s larger family companies.

Peter Emery (Deputy Chair)

Electricity North West Limited

Peter is a Deputy Chair for our Main LEP Board.

Peter has over 30 years’ experience in the energy sector including 20 years with Esso and ExxonMobil where he specialised in strategic planning and operational management both in the UK, then in the Far East, Latin America and Europe.

Peter also spent 10 years working at Fawley Refinery, the UK’s largest, working in leadership positions and to the position of Operations Manager. In 2004, Peter joined the Board of Drax Power Limited as Production Director. During his tenure he worked on the power station’s successful Initial Public Offering onto the London Stock Exchange. Post flotation, Peter played a leading role in converting Drax into a major renewable generator and was Chairman of Capture Power, the joint venture vehicle responsible for the development of the White Rose Carbon Capture and Storage Project.

In September 2012, Peter was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of N.G. Bailey, a privately owned major electrical and mechanical contractor based at Denton near Ilkley, West Yorkshire.

In 2016, he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Electricity North West Limited.

Peter has considerable trade association experience, initially as a Board Director of the Association of Electricity Producers (2008 - 2012) and then as chairman of the Generation Committee of Energy UK. He has been a technical consultant to the UK Government, a member of the Energy Research Partnership which provides input to the UK Government’s energy innovation agenda (2011 – 2015), and was appointed to the Sheffield University Energy 2050 Advisory board in November 2015.

Peter lives in York and is married with three sons.

Jan Thornton

Rural representative

Bringing a strong rural focus, Jan has been a valued member of our ESIF committee and represents the region on several rural committees.

Jonathan Wurr

Business Owner

With vast experience of running manufacturing businesses, Jonathan is active in the Manufacturing Alliance.

Sue Jefferson

Founding Director - Realise Possibilities

Kiran Trehan

Pro-Vice Chancellor University of York

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Partnerships and Engagement at the University of York and Director of the Centre for Women’s Enterprise, Leadership, Economy & Diversity.

Jan Garrill

Chief Executive of Two Ridings Community Foundation

Chief Executive of two Ridings Community Foundation bring a wealth of VCSE experience.

Claire Hutchison

Business Owner - One to One Recruitment

Owner, One to One Recruitment, bringing twenty years experience of running a small business.

Cllr Keane Duncan

Leader, Ryedale District Council

Cllr Keith Aspden

Leader, City of York Council

Cllr Steve Siddons

Leader, Scarborough Borough Council

Leader, Selby District Council

Sam Alexander – Chair of Skills & Employability Board

CEO Your Consortium

Sam is the CEO of Your Consortium, a not-for-profit business that aims to improve the lives of individuals and communities through the delivery of exceptional programmes. Leading strategic partnerships that work with over 100 voluntary organisations of all sizes, Your Consortium’s programmes are supporting over 2,000 young people and adults to create more fulfilling and empowered lives.

Sam is a member of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding (YNYER) LEP Board, the Skills and Employability Board and ESIF Sub-Committees in YNYER and Leeds City Region. She is a keen life-long learner, enthusiastic and curious traveller and a strong advocate for the shared benefits of a more inclusive and empowered society.

Richard Shaw (SME representative) Chair of Business Board

Ellis Patents Ltd

Richard is our SME representative and Chair's our Business Board.

FROM his North Yorkshire base, over the last 20 years Richard’s work has taken him to most corners of the globe.

An engineer and professional business manager also experienced in sales, Richard is now Managing Director of Ellis Patents Ltd – a classic small-medium sized enterprise and major UK manufacturer of cable cleats in Rillington, Malton. The company has 60 employees and sales of around £7million –over 50 per cent of which are exports.

As chairman of the Derwent Training Association in Malton, Richard has a keen interest in skills, and he is also vice chair of the York Minster Fund.

In his spare time, Richard is a keen biker and budding yachtsman.

Cllr Carl Les

Leader, North Yorkshire County Council

Local Authority


Jane Lady Gibson

Make it York

Jane is Chair of Make It York, a new company that combines culture, tourism, city centre management, business development and inward investment. She is also the Vice Chair of Spirit of 2012, the independent UK-wide trust established to ensure that the legacy of the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympic Games is felt by everyone, everywhere. She is also a director of November Club, a site-specific performing arts company and until recently served on the regional advisory board of National Trust Yorkshire & North East.

Board Members Register of Interests can be found here.