West Cumbria well-placed for growth as iSH starts new Managing Director search

BUSINESSES, industry, academia and communities in West Cumbria are well-placed to work together to maximise a wealth of opportunities. 

That’s the message from Industrial Solutions Hub (iSH) Managing Director John Maddison as he prepares to hand over the baton to a new leader of the organisation.

John has been the Managing Director of iSH since it was formed in March last year.  He has built a talented team to help create jobs and diversification opportunities while also promoting West Cumbria’s capabilities to the rest of the UK and the world.

John said: “This job has always been about the place, it’s about what’s happening in the amazing businesses, industries and communities in West Cumbria, and bringing them together in the spirit of collaboration with schools, colleges and universities to create even more opportunities for the region to enhance the area’s capability.

“We are also focused on selling West Cumbria capability across the rest of the UK and the world, bringing a range of economic and social benefits to communities in West Cumbria through projects which will have a positive impact on people, the economy, and the environment.

iSH Managing Director John Maddison.

“We have been able to identify diversification opportunities across nuclear, defence, cyber and space industries, and by collaborating with schools and colleges we are creating clear pathways into careers for young people who might otherwise have been overlooked. 

“We have recruited a highly capable and talented team at iSH who are ideally placed to maximise these opportunities. I will miss them when my time at iSH comes to an end next month.

“I am delighted, however, that whoever takes on the job does so with iSH ideally placed to support the region, with the backing of its stakeholders including Sellafield Ltd, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and Cumberland Council.”

An iSH Enterprise Campus (iEC) at Leconfield, Cleator Moor, will anchor the evolving business cluster in West Cumbria. This campus is being developed in two phases and involves significant funding support from the Government’s Towns Fund (£22.5m) and Levelling Up Fund (£20m), alongside support from Sellafield, the NDA and Cumberland  Council.

The council is now advertising the iSH Managing Director role as it searches for a successor to John to lead the organisation into 2024 and beyond.

The new Managing Director should be available to commence early in 2024. This is a permanent, full-time role for which the new role-holder must be within easy reach of West Cumbria.

 Interested candidates are required to provide a relevant and up to date CV and a personal statement outlining their experience and suitability for this role.

 These two documents should be emailed to Tracey.Crilley@cumberland.gov.uk before the application deadline – 12noon on Friday, December 1.

More details about the iSH Managing Director role can be found here https://ishco.co.uk/join-us/

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