Kidsgrove Town Deal Board member profiles

Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

Mark Parkinson - Chief Executive

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The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) brings businesses and local authorities together to drive economic growth, create jobs and raise skills levels.

Formed in 2011, the LEP has a clear vision to create 50,000 jobs and increase the size of the economy by 50 per cent by 2021.

Before taking on the role of LEP Chief Executive, Mark was the Economic Development and Planning Policy Manager at Staffordshire County Council, responsible for:

  • infrastructure planning to support the local planning authorities
  • neighbourhood plan forums
  • overseeing a number of nationally significant infrastructure projects

He has a Masters in Town and Country Planning and is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Mark has been leading the authority in producing a HS2 growth strategy through a ground-breaking collaboration of seven local authorities and the Cheshire and Warrington and Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnerships.

It aims to unlock major new growth and investment opportunities which could deliver more than 100,000 new homes and 120,000 new jobs by 2040 by creating a new growth zone at the connecting gateway to the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine.