Sylvia Yates is stepping down as executive director of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.
The Rossington-born woman says it is time to call it a day on a career that also included spearheading South Yorkshire’s highly successful European Union-funded Objective 1 regeneration scheme, playing an important part in the regeneration of Hull and heading the Sheffield City Region Forum which laid the foundations for the LEP.
“I was really keen to get going with the LEP board, but always said that a year or so in I would be at a point in my life when it was time to hang up my pen and the time would be right for someone else to take over,” she told Star Business.
LEP chairman, James Newman, said Sylvia Yates had been very influential in establishing the partnership with the private sector that had resulted in the creation of the LEP.
“She has been an excellent adviser in terms of managing the political aspects of the partnership, setting up the organisation and managing contacts with local and national government,” said Mr Newman.
“She has a lot of knowledge of how Whitehall works and I will be very sorry to see her leave.”
Sylvia Yates will stay on while the LEP recruits a new chief executive.
Mr Newman said he was delighted with the number and calibre of the people had already put their names forward for the new role so far.
“We are looking for an exceptional communicator, who can think strategically and most critically, provide demonstrable leadership in developing and maintaining the public and private sector partnership approach that is so critical to the LEP’s success,” said Mr Newman.
“A demonstrable track record of working at the highest levels with both national and local government will be important for the role, given the importance of collaboration in these areas.”