David A Kerfoot MBE DL (Chair)

Chair of York & North Yorkshire Enterprise Partnership and Deputy Lord Lieutenant North Yorkshire

David founded The Kerfoot Group jointly with his wife Elizabeth in 1980 using £300 capital and which grew to sales of over £80 million on a global basis exporting to over 50 countries. The group’s main markets are food manufacturing, cosmetics and aromatherapy, its head office being in Northallerton. The Group was sold to French agricultural giant Avril in 2015.

As a passionate social entrepreneur, David has a long history of community service. Currently he serves as Chairman of the LEP, Chairman of the Pendragon Community Trust, trustee of a food bank and founder of an initiative called Smile for Moldova which supports people in the poorest country in Europe. He is also a patron of the Samaritans and a lifelong activist in the Prison Service as well as being a trustee of Breadline. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire and High Sheriff of North Yorkshire in nomination for the year 2020.

David is passionate about helping small business and developing our regions, recently giving evidence at Parliamentary Committees on these subjects.