Barry Dodd CBE LL

31 May 2018

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


One Response to “Barry Dodd CBE LL”

  1. Jonathan French

    I was very sad to hear of the tragic death of Barry Dodd. Working for North Yorkshire County Council, I first met him at the board meetings of YORTEK, the Association of North Yorkshire High Technology companies and subsequently we worked together on the board of Business Link York and North Yorkshire. He was a very effective voice for the County and the City of York when he took up membership of the Yorkshire Forward Board. Being personally involved in setting up the YNY LEP, I was especially pleased that he took the chair and provided the leadership to establish the new organisation. He had great clarity of vision in all these roles. Barry also used his own business success to support many new entrepreneurs and had a special knowledge on how businesses should approach innovation.

    His great skill was to bring the best practises of the private sector to his participation in public affairs yet always understanding that the management of public bodies required a different approach. It is no wonder that he was invited to take on so many public roles.

    Barry was not just approachable but engaging as well. There were was always a conversation when we met. He was unfailingly polite. Barry has made a significant contribution to the development of the economy of Yorkshire and his death will be a major loss.

    Please pass my condolences to his family

    Jonathan French.

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