Council loses economy and growth director

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 22 Jan 2019

NORTH East Lincolnshire Council has lost its director of economy and growth, Angela Blake.

She has moved to Huddersfield to join Kirklees Council in a similar role, as it adds half a million pounds to its wage bill on a number of key appointments.

Mrs Blake joined the Grimsby team in 2011, having been senior partnership manager for regional development agency Yorkshire Forward when the model was axed by the Government in 2010.

She followed Marc Cole into the top department role in January 2015, having earlier worked for Hull City Council, initially in marketing then business positions.

High Street, Huddersfield centre.

Rob Walsh, chief executive of North East Lincolnshire Council, said “We’re very sorry to see Ange go as she’s been instrumental in developing our economic strategy, the adoption of the Local Plan, the Town Deal, SHIIP and other long term projects which will benefit the area. On a personal level, it's been a pleasure to work with Ange and we all wish her well in her new role.

“Ange and her team have overseen a sea change in our approach to regeneration in the area and she should be rightly proud of seeing the fruits of her labours begin to appear with recent announcements on a number of these schemes which will hugely benefit the area in future years.

 “We’re progressing interim arrangements for her post, but in the meantime, the work of the team will continue in working with businesses and external agencies to bring investment and prosperity to North East Lincolnshire.’’

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Across in West Yorkshire, officials have admitted they “cut too far” to address austerity measures eight years ago, when the senior management team was halved.

In a recent survey Huddersfield, was found to have the only growing high street in the North.

Cllr Peter Wheatley, North East Lincolnshire's cabinet member for regeneration added: “Ange has a depth and breadth of knowledge of economy regeneration, second to none, which has been gained from working with other authorities and government agencies. This experience has been used by her to its maximum advantage which has made her a great servant to North East Lincolnshire. Not only does this apply to the council, but also in supporting the area’s commercial focus through leading our regeneration drive and she will be missed not only here, but in the wider business community in which she is held in high regard.’’

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