Leading Industry Figure Appointed to Bioeconomy Task Group

Leading industry figure Rob Brocklesby has been appointed to chair our Bioeconomy Task Group.

Mr Brocklesby grew up working in the bioeconomy sector and has 15 years commercial experience since. His many achievements include significantly increasing the turnover of his family business from £2 to £35 million.

An industry expert, Rob will be working primarily with our Agri-food and Biotechnology Development Officer Dr Gesa Reiss and the LEP’s Bioeconomy Task Group. The role of the Task Group is to ensure the Bioeconomy Growth Fund is highly visible to industry, and that our investments maximise the opportunities in this sector. The Group acts in an advisory capacity to the LEP Board which is the decision-making entity.

The bioeconomy is about creating a credible, low-carbon option to our current fossil fuel economy by using renewable biological resources from land and sea. It includes sectors that produce bio-based products for example, forestry, agriculture, horticulture, food, drink and water utilities. The LEP estimates Yorkshire already generates £8.7 billion GVA and employs 105,000 people.

Barry Dodd CBE, Chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership, said:

“With our area’s historical strengths in agriculture and food, plus its excellent research establishments, we are well placed to achieve our ambition to lead the bioeconomy – globally. With Rob’s industry knowledge, he is very well set to help us achieve our ambitions, and I am delighted to welcome him to the LEP.”

Mr Brocklesby said: “It’s identifying long term opportunities that can boost the area’s bioeconomy and where I can really make a difference. Developments in this sector are fast paced and this is about making sure we provide a solid infrastructure footprint for long term jobs and growth.”

Mr Brocklesby was appointed to the role as Chair after the role was advertised. The terms of governance for the Bioeconomy Task Group can be found here.