Stephen Kinsey, Real Estate Partner at Addleshaw Goddard, has been appointed to the Board of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP is an organisation committed to setting the strategic direction of the Cheshire and Warrington economy, one of the strongest performing in the UK.

Chosen for his notable experience in real estate investment and development, Stephen has played a key part in numerous high profile mandates across the region, including leading Peel Holdings on its historic deal to bring the BBC to MediaCity and Bruntwood's Circle Square transformation of the old BBC Site on Oxford Road.

The Manchester-based Partner joins four of the North West's most prestigious business experts as the Board's newly appointed members, including: Chris Hindley, the Chief Executive of Youth Federation, Graeme Bristow, AstraZeneca's Alderley Park Site Leader; Gary Steen, Chief Technology Officer of TalkTalk Plc; and John Downes, Managing Director of Langtree.

With a chief objective of delivering the region's ambitions to become a £50 billion economy by 2040, the LEP plans to harness the wealth of opportunities arising from the arrival of HS2, and the globally significant status of the Cheshire Science Corridor. The LEP's agenda is to accelerate the growth of local businesses, attract investment to the area, and progress innovation across business sectors.

Commenting on his appointment, Stephen said: "It's an accolade to be given the opportunity to drive the economy of Cheshire and Warrington, one of the strongest in the North of England. The region holds huge growth potential, with its internationally-oriented and diverse economy, world-leading firms and strong transport infrastructure, and I am committed to bringing these plans to fruition."

Christine Gaskell, Chair of Cheshire and Warrington LEP, said: "The role, work and influence of the LEP has grown considerably over the last six years. This is a really exciting time for us as we work to exploit the huge opportunities offered by the arrival of HS2 and the wealth of science assets in the Cheshire Science Corridor.

"Stephen's significant experience and expertise in property and investment will play an important part in helping us to realise the full potential of our investment opportunities and achieve our ambitions for Cheshire and Warrington's economy. I'm confident that our new Board members will make a valuable contribution to our growth agenda as we work to build on Cheshire and Warrington’s reputation as a great place to live, work and invest."

Notes to Editor

Following a law degree at Manchester University, Stephen began his career with Slater Heelis, where he progressed to specialising in real estate and was made equity partner. He joined Addleshaw Goddard in 2011 where he has led a number of Cheshire projects for clients including Manchester Science Partnerships and Pochin Developments.