• Vision King’s Lynn

Vision King’s Lynn

MEET THE BOARD

King’s Lynn Town Deal Board has been established to develop a Town Investment Plan for King’s Lynn.

We are all committed to developing projects that will create change, innovation and opportunity for the town and surrounding communities.

We have already been offered £25m from the Government’s Town Deal Fund to bring about improvements.

Our aims are to:

  • Provide the right opportunities for employees and businesses to grow and develop
  • Create a town that has sustainable transport links that connect growth areas,
  • Maximise the use of our historic assets, waterfront and town centre to create a vibrant place where people want to live, work, or visit.

The board is made up of representatives from all tiers of local authority, Members of Parliament, local businesses, the Local Enterprise Partnership, Business Improvement District, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, College of West Anglia and the community.

You can find more information about the governance of the Town Deal on the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk’s website.

CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR

Graham Purkins

Chair

Hi, I’m Graham Purkins, Chief Technical Officer and founder of Merxin Ltd, an award-winning medical device company developing products to benefit the lives of millions of patients with respiratory disease.

I am an engineer by profession and am internationally recognised as an expert in the development of inhalation technology, from R&D through to commercial supply.

I have previously led global project teams at Novartis and device development at 3M as well as independent consultancy as CEO of Lustren Ltd.

King’s Lynn has a proud and illustrious history. I, along with my Town Board colleagues, want to secure its bright and vibrant future. All of us are resolute in seeing through delivery and long-term growth, and all of us are committed to providing the foundations for King’s Lynn to be the best it can be, for today and tomorrow.

Together, we have shaped an aspirational vision, with the community at the very heart of that plan.

Michael Baldwin

Deputy Chair

Hello, I’m Michael Baldwin. I joined The Bank House, a Georgian townhouse hotel, in 2013 to oversee all business areas. I now own the Bank House and am also part owner of the Wenns Chop and Ale House. I have over 20 years’ hospitality experience.

I have been instrumental in raising the hotel’s profile and that of King’s Lynn as an attractive holiday and business destination.

The Bank House is now listed in the Michelin Guide, the Good Hotel Guide (a top 20 ‘editor’s choice’ for 2018), and the Good Pub Guide’s Top Ten for 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

I know and understand just how much King’s Lynn has to offer. I am delighted to be part of the Town Deal Board so that I can bring my knowledge and experience to the table and work collaboratively with other board members and the community to bring about positive change.

James Wild

Member of Parliament for North West Norfolk

Hello, I’m James Wild and I was elected the MP for North West Norfolk in December 2019.

It’s a huge privilege to have this role and being Norfolk born and bred I am passionate about securing investment to benefit our area. And that’s what I’ve been focused on since being elected as Levelling Up to spread opportunity is as relevant in North West Norfolk as it is in the North.

We’ve got such a committed, creative, and engaged community and the Town Deal is a great opportunity to bring £25 million of investment into Lynn. It is exciting to be involved with the committed local people on the Board focused on delivering projects to boost skills, jobs, maximise our amazing history, and improve the quality of life.

In a nutshell, the aim of all this is to make Lynn an even better place to live, work, and visit.

BOARD MEMBERS

Cllr Nick Daubney

Councillor

I’m Nick Daubney, Norfolk County Councillor for the Freebridge division.

I was formerly leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk where I had served as a borough councillor for 20 years from 1999. I led a regeneration strategy to modernise the town centre and to maximise both service and opportunity to existing businesses. Attracting new industry and investment to the area was a key priority for me.

I have operated my own business in King’s Lynn since locating here in 1981. My wife and I currently run a ladies’ fashion outlet in Castle Rising.

I welcome this government investment and want to contribute to constructive plans help people to lead a better quality of life and to provide more opportunities for west Norfolk residents.

Cllr Richard Blunt

Councillor

Hello, I’m Richard Blunt, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Councillor for Walsoken, West Walton and the Walpoles ward.

In 2012, I retired from being IT Director for the Jaeger Company. Previously to that I was IT Director for Coats Fashion Retail Division. I have a vast experience in running large and small projects.

In 2015, I was elected to the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk. I am currently Cabinet member responsible for Regeneration and Planning.

I have lived in West Norfolk most of my adult life. I believe I am very lucky to live in such a wonderful place.

I am passionate about King’s Lynn, and I am delighted to be a member of the Town Deal Board working together with a highly professional group of people. Our joint aim is to continue to ensure that King’s Lynn is a special place to live, work, play and visit.

James Fowler

Business Development Manager

I’m James Fowler, Business Development Manager at Uptech Ltd in King’s Lynn

I have worked in sales and marketing for 23 years, covering many industries including working on projects such as The Shangri La Hotel at The Shard.

I have lived in King’s Lynn and surrounding area for nearly 30 years, and I have seen it change. I returned to work in the town 19 months ago. Being invited to join the Town Deal Board provided me with the perfect opportunity to give something back to the area.

I am representing a King’s Lynn firm and other businesses, and as a resident I feel I can also represent local people, ensuring I can help mould projects for the town with my Town Deal colleagues that will improve it for all our children.

I am passionate about business, am a keen runner and cyclist, love a good book, movies and podcasts, but at heart what I really want to do is help people to achieve their goals.

Laura Skaife-Knight

Deputy CEO

Hello, I’m Laura Skaife-Knight, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the QEH. I moved to Norfolk in October 2019 when I joined the QEH, after 12-years at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, where I was Director of Communications and External Relations.

I have over 20 years’ experience working at some of the largest acute teaching hospitals in the country, including in Nottingham and Leicester, with 13 years’ board-level experience I have led several positive developments which have been recognised as NHS leading achievements, and adopted as best practice.

In addition to deputising for the Chief Executive, my role at QEH includes Trust strategy, digital and information, strategic estates (including leading on the Trust’s new hospital bid), Freedom to Speak Up, communications, engagement and external stakeholder relationships, Governors and fundraising.

QEH is one of the largest employers in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and is an important part of the local community. It takes its role seriously in being able to influence decisions which impact positively on the local community, and as a member of the Town Deal Board, I am the Trust’s representative ensuring QEH has a strong voice.

Brendan Legrove

Commercial Director

Hi, I’m Brendan Legrove and I am the Commercial Director at Greenyard Frozen UK based on the Hardwick Industrial Estate. I oversee the customer facing side the business – from product development through to order processing.

I’ve lived in and around King’s Lynn my whole life. I went to KES and after finishing my A Levels started work at Berol (used to be on the Hardwick Industrial Estate). I’ve worked in commercial roles for 22 years, the last 17 for several different food manufacturing businesses. It feels very appropriate to now be working for a business closely linked to agriculture, given farming is what many see Norfolk as being most famous for.

I feel privileged to have been invited to join the Town Deal Board, and to be involved in shaping how our grant of £25m can be put to best use for everyone in King’s Lynn and the surrounding areas. I hope that the skills I’ve learned in industry will complement the diverse knowledge and experience which others have brought to the Town Deal Board, and that I’ll be able to bring energy and a different perspective to our work.

As someone who likes to be active outdoors, I can see the “Active & Clean Connectivity” project will make it easier for anyone in our town who wants to get a bit healthier by travelling on foot or by bike. Now it’s all about working together to make it happen.

Lorraine Gore

Chief Executive

Hello, I’m Lorraine Gore, Chief Executive at the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

I was born and educated in King’s Lynn, completing my degree and professional accountancy qualification through distance learning alongside my work and raising a family. I live locally and returned to work in King’s Lynn just over 20 years ago after spending some time working in Essex and Cambridgeshire. I have worked in various public sector organisations throughout my career.

The £25m funding that comes from the Town Fund is an exciting opportunity to bring forward projects that will improve the visual aspects of our town and provide opportunities for local people. The school of nursing studies being an amazing example.

I believe that everyone should have access to opportunities to be the best they can and to have the best life they can. I am particularly passionate that the views of young people should be represented in the plans for our town.

The Towns Fund investment is only the start of what can be achieved. We need to ensure that West Norfolk gets it’s share of any future Government funding programmes including levelling up. I am proud to be a member of the Town Board to help make this happen.

Lisa Roberts

Head of Strategy

Hi, I’m Lisa Roberts and I’m the Head of Strategy at New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). I have a passion to help people flourish and want to make a difference to people’s life. I am delighted to be a part of the Kings Lynn Town Deal Board and really looking forward to seeing the impact of the £25 million investment.

At the LEP I am responsible for the development and implementation of the regional socio-economic strategies. Prior to joining the LEP in 2015, I spent 14 years in the civil service working in a broad range of policy areas including supply chain development, innovation, skills, local funding, environmental and rural policy.

I combine my desire for raising the aspirations of young people with my strategic skills and volunteer as an Enterprise Adviser, working with the senior leadership of two schools and businesses to develop their careers programme as part of the New Anglia Careers Hub. I am also a foster carer which is probably the hardest but most rewarding thing I have ever done.

David Pomfret

Principal and Chief Executive

Hello, I’m David Pomfret, Principal & Chief Executive at the College of West Anglia (CWA), a role I have been privileged to hold since 2007.

I have been a senior manager and principal in other colleges across England, but this is by far the longest time I have committed to any job. I grew up in Norfolk and I am passionate about the area and value the commitment of partners to work together to make a real difference.

I have been a member of the West Norfolk Strategy Group for 15 years, supporting many campaigns such as ‘Love West Norfolk’, and didn’t hesitate to join the Town Deal Board. I take a lead on the Board for skills and chair the newly formed King’s Lynn Skills sub-group. This investment will transform the town, and the life opportunities for our community.

Vicky Etheridge

Manager

Hi, I’m Vicky. My role on the Town Board is to represent business interests from the commercial area of King’s Lynn town centre which makes up our Business Improvement District. As a BID, our job is to champion the town centre and its businesses, to promote it as a place to visit, shop, work and relax. We are thrilled to have a place on the Town Deal Board and to be playing an important and active role in shaping the future of the town centre.

On a personal note, I have lived in west Norfolk for just over 20 years and have chosen to raise my children here. For me, the Town Investment Plan and the work of the Town Deal Board can play an important part in inspiring young people to live and work in and around King’s Lynn, creating pride and a sense of connection that this is the Town to be.

The Rt Revd Dr Jane Steen

Bishop of Lynn

Hello, I’m Revd Dr Jane Steen, Bishop of Lynn. I am passionate about west Norfolk and the aim to raise skills and aspiration.

As I go round different churches and community groups, I see first-hand what people have to cope with and I hear their stories and their hopes.

People here have so many gifts and our young people are bright and creative with so much to offer. We have lively faith communities, great voluntary work and excellent, often, innovative businesses.

I want to see a Multi-User Community Hub offering a wide range of educational opportunities in welcoming and hospitable community spaces, to enable everyone in King’s Lynn and the wider area to flourish.

I am honoured to be part of making that happen.

Andrew Stevenson

Partner

Hello, I’m Andrew Stevenson, solicitor and now partner at Hawkins Ryan, a firm that has served King’s Lynn & West Norfolk for over a century.

My family and I moved to west Norfolk 10 years ago to give our children the chance to grow up in a beautiful part of the country. Now that my children are growing up, I want to help ensure that King’s Lynn and west Norfolk remains a wonderful place to work, live and enjoy.

Being a member of the Town Deal Board allows me, and the firm, to try to be as good for the town as it has been for us.

I bring to the board the skills that I have learned, and continue to work on, as a solicitor. These are building relationships with people, the importance of providing value, issue spotting, being dependable, disciplined and willing to do whatever is needed to achieve the goals of the board.

Ultimately, I consider myself lucky to have been given the opportunity to be part of a Board that will make King’s Lynn and west Norfolk even better.

Rik Martin

Acting CEO

Hello, I am Rik Martin, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Community Action Norfolk (CAN) where I have been for the last eleven years.

CAN is an independent charity providing infrastructure support for communities and charities across Norfolk. For many years we have had a special relationship with the west where we have provided additional support and an essential link between grassroots needs and strategic issues.

I am pleased to be part of the Town Deal Board helping to ensure the voluntary and community sectors are represented, engaged and informed.

I have more than 35 years’ experience, working in the voluntary, community and statutory sectors, supporting communities across Norfolk.

I have a strong interest in asset-based community development – an approach that builds on the assets that are found in the community and mobilizes individuals, associations, and institutions to come together to realise and develop their strengths. In addition, I was the county’s Aspirations Coordinator for five years, managed Community Technology Centres, won a national training award for developing basic skills support in Industry, written City & Guild courses and am a published author of children’s poetry.

  • Councillor Graham Middleton

    Cabinet Member for Business Development
    Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk
    Declaration of interest