New director on LEP board

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The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has appointed a new non-executive director.

Lisa Oakes, who is finance director at Bodmin-based confectionery company Buttermilk, will also chair the LEP’s audit and assurance committee. She has more than 20 years of business finance and accountancy experience.

Oakes joined Buttermilk part-time in 2012 as a consultant management accountant and became full time finance director in 2016.

Prior to that she held a variety of finance and accountancy roles with a range of Cornish businesses including Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm, Pooleys Chartered Accountants and Mannings Hotel, Bar and Restaurant.

Commenting on her appointment, she said: “I’ve experienced first-hand the many challenges of growing a successful business and I want to bring those skills to the LEP board as it shapes the economic future of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.”

LEP chair, Mark Duddridge, added: “Lisa has a wealth of insight and experience that will enrich our board and we are delighted to welcome her to the LEP as we focus on post-pandemic economic recovery and delivery of our Local Industrial Strategy.”