Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership has announced that Jonathan Sharrock
will succeed Ron Crank as its next Chief Executive in January 2016. Mr Sharrock, who will report to Chairman Tim Wates, has spent twelve years as a senior civil servant in the Department for Transport delivering high profile Government policy to support economic development.

As Chief Executive of Coast to Capital, he will be responsible for delivering the LEP’s business plan to transform business and economic performance through the region’s Growth Deal. Jonathan has significant experience of policy development and the leadership of major projects having operated at the interface between government and industry.

He joins Coast to Capital having spent the last three years developing the HS2 high speed rail project; he was previously responsible for overseeing Government transport interests for the 2012 Olympics. In earlier roles, he gained significant experience working with the aviation industry, having been responsible for delivering the aviation security regime, developing UK airport capacity and completing the privatisation of air traffic control.

Coast to Capital Chairman Tim Wates said: “Following a rigorous recruitment process, I am delighted that Jonathan has agreed to join Coast to Capital. He impressed us with his grasp of the challenges and opportunities facing our region and I am confident the LEP will continue to flourish under his leadership.”

Ron Crank, Chief Executive, Coast to Capital said: “When I retire at the end of the year, I will do so in the knowledge that Coast to Capital will be in very capable hands going forward. Jonathan’s experience of partnership working across the public and private sectors will be an important asset to Coast to Capital.

Jonathan said: “I am very much looking forward to joining Coast to Capital, and helping to deliver the next phase of economic growth and regeneration across the region. I look forward to working in partnership with business and local government and to ensuring that the LEP helps to drive future success in the Coast to Capital area.”