Marketing Humber has welcomed a new chairman with a clear mandate to drive the region’s role in the UK’s green recovery.
Bill Walker succeeds Andy Parkinson at the helm of the bondholder organisation, which is heavily invested in bringing inward investment to the Energy Estuary.
He has held director level roles at University of Hull and the Hull Daily Mail, and has worked closely with politicians at a local, regional and national level.
Taking the role with the organisation on a high following a hugely successful Waterline Summit – drawing in Energy and Clean Growth Minister Kwasi Kwarteng and Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey – the focus will be building on the recent success on promoting the region’s collaborative credentials for the Net Zero transformation.
Looking forward to the challenge, he said: “It is vital that there is strong political engagement and a powerful voice for business as the region navigates its way through the uncertainty and opportunity of a post-Covid, post-Brexit world, while at the same time piecing together a new, devolved structure of local government.
“As the established place-based marketing organisation in the region, Marketing Humber is trusted, eager and able to represent those interests at those new tables of influence; to champion the role of business in capturing the huge opportunities these radical changes present.”
The role is seen as requiring coherent and distinctive advocacy across the North and in Westminster as well as the Humber.
Mr Parkinson will remain as a director, and will work alongside Mr Walker and managing director Diana Taylor to drive forward The Waterline campaign and the promotion of the region as an industrial cluster which is a global exemplar for decarbonisation.
He said: “Now more than ever, we need to drive promotion of the region as a place to lead in the UK’s green recovery – a place for investment, growth, and skills development.
“It will be fantastic to add Bill’s experience and strong connections across the North and within London, to increase our voice on the national and international stage.”
Mr Walker, who sits on the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s business development board, was most recently director of strategic relationships and knowledge exchange at the University of Hull. There he has established a national award-winning enterprise centre which has helped launch 150 new businesses.
Prior to campus life he spent a quarter of a century in the media, initially as a journalist before taking the role of operations director at the Mail. Innovative work with education saw business awards flow.
Marketing Humber managing director Diana Taylor said: “We are delighted to welcome Bill to strengthen the board and lead us through this next transformation within the region.
“This will be part of a series of future changes, including further additions of influential business figures to the board which will strengthen our voice to drive the regional marketing strategy.”
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