Barry Dodd CBE LL
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Barry Dodd CBE, and past chairman of this LEP died in a tragic helicopter crash yesterday afternoon. I have known Barry for 20 years and have worked extremely closely with him since the inception of the LEP, and for the past six years as his deputy chairman and close friend.
He was an inspirational leader who was driven by a personal philosophy of going above and beyond the duties of public office to give something back to his region.
The success of our LEP which he often said “punched above its weight” was due to his commitment and leadership skills in making it an outstanding example of public-private partnership.
His legacy in LEP terms will be his use of soft power to bring people together to drive growth and prosperity for all our communities.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Frances and the family at this very difficult time.
David A Kerfoot MBE DL
York, North Yorkshire & East Riding LEP