Posted on:
4th February, 2021

Tech business leader appointed as new chair at Coventry and Warwickshire LEP

The Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) has appointed a new chair to help lead the area’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sarah Windrum joined the CWLEP as a board director in 2016 and is the chair of its digital and creative business group.  She is the founder and a director of Leamington-based technology company The Emerald Group, a member of the West Midlands Combined Authority’s innovation and strategic economic development boards and a member of its mental health select committee.

Windrum said: "The CWLEP has never had a more important role to play in helping to attract funding from the government and working with our business groups and business support organisations to help Coventry and Warwickshire emerge as strongly as possible from the pandemic.

“This has been the toughest period that many businesses have ever faced and the CWLEP will be continuing its successful partnership approach to provide the assistance which companies of all sizes and in all sectors need to recover.

"I am honoured to become chair of the CWLEP and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead because I am a great believer in making a positive difference."

Windrum will succeed Nick Abell as chair when his term of office comes to an end in April.

Abell said: "It was a unanimous choice to suggest to the board that Sarah should become our new chair because of the vibrancy, enthusiasm and ambition she will bring to the position.

"She is already a passionate advocate for our sub-region and this role will enable her to provide the leadership that will help the CWLEP to continue to attract public funding and inward investment.

"Sarah also has vast knowledge of the digital and creative industry which is becoming an increasingly important sector and I have every confidence that our board will be able to provide any support she needs to develop her experience as chair."