• Vision King’s Lynn

Vision King’s Lynn

TOWNS FUND AND THE KING’S LYNN TOWN DEAL BOARD

King’s Lynn Town Deal Board was established to develop a Town Investment Plan for King’s Lynn and agree a Town Deal with the Government.

The King’s Lynn Town Deal Board brings together a diverse range of individuals representing the community, businesses and local authorities. Their collaborative approach and expertise provides stability for the long term vision for the town. A town in which people feel engaged in town developments and have both the skills and opportunities to flourish, enabling our businesses and communities to thrive.

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.

WORD FROM THE CHAIR

We have secured £25m of Town Deal Funding which provides us with an opportunity to enhance the long-term economic outlook and growth of King’s Lynn.

By bringing together a widespread dynamic team for the Town Deal Board, including the local council, businesses and support from our MP, we have the perspective and input to ensure the funding is used for maximum benefit.

As a local resident, and someone building a business and raising a family in King’s Lynn, I’m a keen supporter of opportunities and initiatives to drive our prosperity and promote King’s Lynn as a vibrant place to live and work.

Graham Purkins | Chief Technology Officer | Merxin Ltd

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.

Vicky Etheridge

Vice Chair

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.

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

Alistair Beales

Cabinet Member for Business at the Borough Council

Hello, I’m Councillor Alistair Beales, King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council portfolio holder for Business. I was born and raised in Norfolk and have lived locally in West Norfolk since 1999 and have married and raised two children in that time. I have worked in agriculture and land management all my life, and have been in a management role on a local 3,000 acre farming and property business for the last 24 years.

I am a long-standing member of my local Parish Council and a Governor at Springwood High School. I was elected to the Borough Council in May 2023 and was previously a councillor between 2007 and 2019 holding many cabinet roles including that of Deputy Leader and was responsible for the initiation and delivery of the Council’s Major Housing Project.

Carly West-Burnham

Director of Strategy and Integration

Carly West-Burnham has worked within the West Norfolk health and social care system since 2007 working in senior operational and corporate roles withing the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and wider Integrated Care Systems (ICS).

A graduate of the NHS Management Training Scheme, she brings a wealth of operational, transformational and integration experience to the local System.

Carly’s portfolio includes strategy development and monitoring, embedding partnership working within the ICS including Provider collaboration and Place-Based Care development, annual planning, and health inequalities. Carly holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Stuart Dark

Vice Chair at the County Council and County Councillor for Dersingham Division

Stuart Dark is a highly commended, retired senior police officer, who holds the Metropolitan Police’s highest operational honour. After moving to West-Norfolk with his young family Stuart entered politics, becoming both a County and Borough Councillor.

In his time as the portfolio lead for Norfolk’s ‘Childrens’ Services’ Stuart oversaw that department’s rapid improvement and a programme of significant capital investment to build new mainstream and special educational needs schools across the county.

Stuart led the Borough’s response to COVID and later as the Borough’s Leader worked closely with officers, partners and the Towns Board on the development of its projects.

Stuart is proud to be a resident of West-Norfolk and as the County Council’s representative on the board is particularly interested in the projects raising aspirations and creating opportunities and those which celebrate the area’s rich history.

Mike Dowdall

Development Adviser

Hi, I am Mike Dowdall and I am the Development Adviser for New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  Throughout my long career I have been involved in leading and advising on place-based capital projects and revenue programmes.  I have worked mostly in a partnership context with councils, other organisations and communities within East Anglia for the last 30 years.  I am also a College Governor for the East Coast College (based in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft) as well as grandfather to four boisterous grandchildren.

I am delighted to be involved in the King’s Lynn Town Deal Board and hope that my technical knowledge can be utilised to provide some best-practice advice and I can serve as a critical friend when needed.

Nova Fairbank

Chief Executive

I have over 27 years’ experience of working at Board level.  I spent a number of years overseas working for an oilfield services and general trading company and spent time working in commercial property development and the construction sector in West Yorkshire.

I joined Norfolk Chambers in 2010 and have helped shape policy engagement – my remit being to engage, influence and lobby on behalf of the Norfolk business community.   I worked closely with the previous Chief Executive to develop and drive the first five years of a 10- year plan to transform and modernise the Chambers.

In 2022, I was appointed as Chief Executive of Norfolk Chambers to complete the 10-year plan, by developing and delivering five years of sustainable growth.  Together with my customer-centric, amazing team, we have an ongoing mission to connect, support and give voice to every business in Norfolk.

Jason Fuller

Owner and Director

Hi, I’m Jason Fuller, Director and founder of This is Fuller, a Marketing Agency based in King’s Lynn, which works with a wide variety of clients, from local businesses to international corporates.

As a local employer and resident of King’s Lynn I am passionate about its heritage and future prosperity and it is a pleasure to be on the Town Board to help the Town reach its full potential.

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.

Kerry Heathcote

Deputy CEO

Hello. I’m Kerry Heathcote, Deputy Chief Executive and Vice Principal Curriculum and Quality at the College of West Anglia (CWA), having relocated from Edinburgh to King’s Lynn to take up the role in June 2022.

I have over thirty years’ experience working in educational and custodial settings, twenty of which have been spent in leadership roles. I am a passionate advocate of inclusive lifelong learning and raising individual aspirations for all.

My activity with several charitable organisations across the town to date, as a resident, voluntary trustee, and volunteer practitioner, has provided me with a fantastic foundation on which to help drive forward our social and economic prosperity. I am delighted and honoured to have joined the Town Deal Board.

Deborah Heneghan

Borough Councillor for St Margaret’s with St Nicholas Ward

I am one of the councillors for St Margaret’s with St Nicolas Ward.

After my children grew up, I moved here with my husband, having previously lived in London.

I love King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and feel privileged to live here.  I like to spend my spare time enjoying all this area has to offer – from visiting our wonderful beaches and countryside to enjoying the heritage and festivals in King’s Lynn.  I want King’s Lynn to be the best place for everyone to live, work and play.  It has a rich heritage which I want to protect and promote to attract tourists and be enjoyed by those who live here.  Whilst it is important to protect our past we must also look to the future and give our young people the best opportunities in education and employment.

I look forward to working with the Town Deal Board and making King’s Lynn an even better place to live.

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.

Rik Martin

CEO

Hello, I am Rik Martin, 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.

Harrison McNaught

Maintenance Manager

Hello, I am Harrison McNaught and I am the Maintenance Manager for Mars Food UK formerly Masterfoods, which has been a proud and active member of the Kings Lynn business community for the past 60 years.

I was born and have grown up in Kings Lynn for my entire life.  I attended KES High School and on completion of my A-levels undertook an apprenticeship with Mars Food which was complimented with academic training at the College of West Anglia.

I am delighted to be a member of the Town Board and I am extremely passionate about driving forward the opportunities that the £25 million funding presents to Kings Lynn.

I am keen to ensure that the grant leaves a long-lasting positive legacy for the town and future opportunities for growth and investment in the area I am privileged to call home.

Simon Ring

Cabinet Member for Marketing, Events and Tourism at the Borough Council

Hi, I’m Simon Ring.

I moved to King’s Lynn in 1968 when I was two and, apart from 9 months in St Albans, this wonderful place has been my home ever since. I have been married for 36 years and have two sons and three grandsons. I was educated at West Winch CP and KES, where I later became a governor and am proud to have been Chair both there and at North Wootton CP.

I spent my entire working life in Financial Services and I grew a business from nothing to employing 52 staff and managing over £400m of clients’ investments. I sold that business in February 2020 and have spent three years in retirement.

I entered local politics in 2023 when I was elected to the council to represent the Ward I have lived in since 1988 and was then asked to become a cabinet member.  Heritage, Leisure and Culture are key areas of my portfolio and I am excited to see where the Town Deal projects and other work we are doing at the borough can take this all too secret part of the UK. We all need to shout about how wonderful a place this is.

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.

Adam Taylor

Executive Director and CEO

Hello, I’m Adam Taylor and I’m the CEO of the cultural charitable trust that runs The Garage in Norwich and The Workshop in King’s Lynn. My organisation has a focus on working with people who face challenging circumstances and we use cultural participation and performance with a vision to change people’s lives through art.

I am a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, a theatre producer and have contributed to life across the county by being on the Executive Board for Norfolk Music Hub, steering group for Nelson Spirit Emerging Leaders Programme and House Theatre’s small scale touring group.

I hope to bring an alternative perspective to the board which captures the exciting cultural opportunities the town could offer.

Your Town Deal Board is championing pride in our historic town by harnessing its strengths to create opportunities for people and businesses to thrive.