Blake Morgan partner appointed to Oxford Local Enterprise Partnership board

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Blake Morgan partner Penny Rinta-Suksi has taken up a key position on the board of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP).

Penny, who takes up the role of non-executive director with immediate effect, will help in driving the growth of the local economy and creating sustainable jobs. Her appointment is fully supported by Blake Morgan as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting the business community and the public sector in Oxford and the wider region.

She says: “OxLEP has achieved a huge amount already and I’m very excited to be able to support the team in doing what is needed to drive growth. Having lived and worked in Oxfordshire for a number of years, the strategic direction of the region is of interest and importance to me. I look forward to partaking in decisions that do not just deliver growth, but also sustainability for the businesses and people in our region.”

Penny lives and works in Oxfordshire and is based at Blake Morgan’s Oxford and Reading offices, where she leads the firm’s Local Government team.

She has over 16 years of experience in the leisure, culture and housing sectors and sound working knowledge of education, health, financial, manufacturing, waste and energy markets. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 she was listed by the Legal 500 UK as a leading individual and key name for governance advice.

Penny is one of two new non-executive directors to be appointed to OxLEP – the other is Phil Southall, Managing Director of Oxford Bus Company, Thames Travel and Carousel Buses, all part of the Go-Ahead group of companies.

Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive of OxLEP said: “I am delighted that we are able to strengthen the OxLEP board with two new appointments at a time when we are looking to implement our ambitious Strategic Economic Plan. Both Penny and Phil have valuable skills and experience to bring to the board and I am looking forward to working with them to develop the local economy.”