This morning, just a month late, the details of who will sit on the new Local Enterprise Partnership Board were announced.
As expected, the private sector has a majority but what was unexpected is that this majority does not simply rest on the Chairman's casting vote. The decision to have six private sector members and five from the public sector is a strange one given what was said before the announcement.
From the public sector, the names are:
Cllr Alec Robertson, Leader of Cornwall Council
Cllr Chris Ridgers, Cabinet Member for the Economy
Cllr Robin Teverson, former MEP
Philip Hygate, Chief Executive of the Council of the Isles of Scilly
Anne Carlisle, Rector of University College Falmouth
I'm delighted that my colleague Robin Teverson is the name chosen to make the representation cross party. Robin was instrumental in the bid to bring Objective One funding to Cornwall and will bring an expert knowledge of funding streams to the board.
As for the private sector, the names are:
Chris Pomfret, Chairman
Gaynor Coley, Eden Project
Chris Loughlin, South West Water
Joe Keohane, Browne’s chocolates (but formerly of Sharp's Brewery)
Richard Reed, formerly Fugro Seacore
Simon Tregoning, Classic Cottages
There's quite a range of skills there, bringing marketing, finance, engineering, small business, more engineering and tourism expertise to the table (I paraphrase a lot). The only key sector that I think is missing - and I've argued this all along - is that of the voluntary sector. Whilst Eden is a charity and clearly has a communitarian approach to a lot of its work, there is no one on the board with voluntary sector background or a knowledge of community interest companies - an absolutely vital sector of the Cornish economy.
That gripe aside, it's fantastic to see the names finally in place and I hope that the LEP will be able to make up for lost time.