First Minister formally announced that Nora Senior has been appointed as the Chair of the new Strategic Board of the Enterprise and Skills Commission.
The new Board will be responsible for taking forward the recommendations of the Enterprise and Skills Implementation Advisory Group whilst ensuring that public investment in these areas are producing the levels of economic impact we all expect.
Below is a copy of Nora's statement together with appropriate extract from the First Minister. We have sent out congratulations on your behalf on Twitter, great if you could retweet . We will not be issuing a formal press release.
I am sure you will join me in wishing Nora Senior continued success in her new role.
Statement from Nora Senior CBE, Executive Chair of Weber Shandwick, and Immediate Past President of Scottish and British Chambers of Commerce:
"There is clear ambition to increase productivity and drive inclusive economic growth in Scotland. To achieve that, we need to maximise the considerable investment in enterprise and skills development to ensure we have the right skills, resources and business support in place. The Strategic Board creates a central focus for representatives from business, education ,our economic agencies and civic communities from around Scotland to align behind a common purpose and vision, and provide direction on the most effective areas for skills investment while promoting collaboration and effective sharing of knowledge and resources. I look forward to working with colleagues to deliver that inclusive growth."
Extract from First Minister Speech:
"Ahead of the speech, Ms Sturgeon confirmed that Nora Senior, Chairwoman of UK regions for global PR firm Weber Shandwick, will chair the new Strategic Board for Enterprise and Skills.
Ms Sturgeon said Ms Senior has had a "hugely distinguished career in business and is the ideal person to lead the new strategic board as it works with business to achieve our shared ambitions for growth”. The board was announced by Economy Secretary Keith Brown earlier this year, and will be tasked with "aligning the work" of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-41096888)