Marches LEP welcomes Further Education champion to the board

February 28, 2017

The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has announced that Ian Peake, the Principal and Chief Executive of Herefordshire & Ludlow College, has joined its business-led board and will focus specifically on championing Further Education throughout the region.
Following a career which saw him hold senior roles in the private sector and the NHS, Ian entered Further Education in 1996 when he joined the former Herefordshire College of Technology.
He assumed the leadership role at Herefordshire & Ludlow College in 2004 and has since overseen the college’s significant expansion through mergers with Holme Lacy Campus, Ludlow College and County Training. It has also been under his leadership that substantial capital investments have been made with the launch of a new £32m campus in Hereford, and a University Centre in partnership with the University of Worcestershire.
Born in Surrey, but a resident of Herefordshire since 1996, Ian is passionate about the importance of delivering first class education and training across the region. He comments:
“During my time at Herefordshire & Ludlow College, we have consistently delivered quality outcomes for the students and apprentices who have sought training and education from us.
“I am committed to the importance of strengthening the links between training, education and business and my new role on the board of the Marches LEP will enable me to contribute meaningfully to this across the region, whilst also getting further involved in wider economic development initiatives.”
Graham Wynn, Chairman of the Marches LEP, added: “The strength of Ian’s experience in the Further Education sector is undeniable and his tenure at Herefordshire & Ludlow College has exposed him to the specific needs of employers across the Marches region.
“I feel confident that this combined experience will equip him with the necessary passion to drive forward the Further Education agenda across the Marches and am delighted that he’s chosen to join the board.”

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: | email:

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