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SEMLEP women are award winners

23 November 2015

Hilary Chipping

Hilary Chipping, Acting Chief Executive of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), has scooped a top award for public service at this year’s Women Leaders Milton Keynes Awards.

On Friday night Hilary Chipping won the award for Public Service leadership, recognised for her unwavering commitment to securing funding and investment for Milton Keynes and the wider South East Midlands area.

Congratulating Hilary on her award win Dr Ann Limb CBE DL, Chair of SEMLEP, said: “A large part of Hilary’s job is to ensure that this area is recognised by government when key funding decisions are made. Hilary has been extremely successful and in so doing has secured millions of pounds for the area.

“This is the result of hours and hours of dedication – spreadsheets, evidence gathering and close liaison and partnership working with local authority, public and private sector partners. She fights for the South East Midlands and I am delighted to see her hard work and commitment recognised in this public way.”

Other winners on the night include SEMLEP board member Jean Gowin, Managing Director of Jeanius Consulting, who scooped the Female Entrepreneur award, and Pam Gosal Head of Corporate Economic Development & Inward Investment at Milton Keynes Council who won the Business Services Award

Hilary’s award winning highlights:

Hilary, working with the SEMLEP team to pull together its Strategic Economic Plan, helped secure funding for 10 transport, infrastructure and skills projects in Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Bletchley, Daventry, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Luton and Milton Keynes. These include:

  • Bletchley Station - £1.5m for development of a high quality gateway (to create 350 new jobs).
  • Dualling a stretch of the A421 - £23.5m, so that people will be able to drive from Milton Keynes to Bedford on dual carriageway and distribution centres will have better access to the M1 (2,500 new jobs and 2,900 new homes).

Hilary and her team have also secured provisional funding for:

  • Cranfield University - Development of an open innovation facility allowing for the integrated development of autonomous transport vehicles and related complex intelligent systems.
  • Aylesbury - Public realm and outdoor events infrastructure to support and enable overall Masterplan for Waterside North.
  • Milton Keynes - Development and enhancement of Milton Keynes Gallery, as part of a wider town regeneration programme, quadrupling annual audience numbers to the gallery from 30,000 to 120,000, enabling major shows to be attracted, and becoming a stronger destination venue in the South East Midlands.

At SEMLEP Hilary speaks on national platforms and at local business events, briefing local politicians and MPs. She is central to discussions with Government and its agencies – keeping MK and the South East Midlands in the forefront of political minds and funding decisions.

Hilary said: “I was surprised and delighted to receive this award. It was lovely to be surrounded by such supportive friends and colleagues and in the company of so many amazing women.”

SEMLEP Board member Mary Clarke, together with a number of key SEMLEP local authority and private sector partners, attended the Women Leaders Milton Keynes Awards.

Over 150 entries for awards had been received and there were six shortlisted and one winner in each category.

Jean Gowin
Pam Gosal

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