Tributes made to an ‘inspirational’ businessman

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 Jun 2018

KEY business figures used events across the Humber Business Week calendar to pay tribute to an “inspirational businessman” killed in a helicopter crash last month. 

Lord Haskins, chair of the Humber LEP, said he had worked with Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for North Yorkshire, Barry Dodd CBE, for two decades, and hailed the impact he had on the Humber region as extraordinary. 

He was joined by a host of other business leaders in remembering Mr Dodd throughout last week.

Mr Dodd died on Wednesday, May 30, when the helicopter he was piloting crashed near Alborough.

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Lord Haskins said at the AGM of the Humber LEP: “Many of you will have heard of the tragic loss of Barry Dodd.

“We had worked together for nearly 20 years on a range of Humber issues. He had an advantage over me that I did most of my public work after I retired, but he did it while he was working and running a fantastic railway business.

“His contribution in making the link between public and private sector business people and partnerships was brilliant.”

Mr Dodd was the Pro-Chancellor for the University of Hull for more than five years, as well as chair of the joint Hull York Medical School, and, for 17 years, devoted one day every week to unpaid public service.

Through his position as chair of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership, he supported businesses throughout the region, which involved managing almost £240m of Government and European funding.

“We worked closely for many years, and I cannot say how much I will miss him,” Lord Haskins said. “It is a huge loss to the Humber, East Yorkshire and the whole county.”

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Lord Haskins was joined in paying tribute to Mr Dodd by Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity.

Addressing an audience at The Business Day, held at Bridlington Spa, he said the region had “lost a friend."

Naga Munchetty, presenter and journalist, (pictured right), was hosting The Business Day, and also paid tribute to Mr Dodd in a speech to a full theatre at The Spa.

Mr Dodd was appointed lord lieutenant of North Yorkshire by the Queen in 2014, making him responsible for the promotion of civic, commercial, voluntary and social activities in the county.

Mr Dodd’s widow, Frances, has said her husband was “a wonderful man” who “lived his life according to his values of honesty and integrity”.

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