Green steps up to lead EEH

England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) has appointed Naomi Green as its new managing director.

The sub-national transport body said Ms Green would lead the delivery of its ambitious plans for transport and connectivity infrastructure in the region.

EEH added that the appointment comes as it focuses on a three-year programme of work, including development and delivery of the region’s infrastructure priorities and establishing a pioneering ‘centre for excellence’ to bolster local authorities’ capacity to plan future schemes.

Ms Green became interim director last August following the departure of Martin Tugwell to lead Transport for the North.

EEH chair Cllr Richard Wenham said the recruitment process had been ‘thorough’, adding: ‘I’m confident Naomi will play a leading role in driving forward our plans for a regional transport system which supports economic growth while lowering emissions.

‘She brings with her a reputation for strong partnership working, is highly respected in the sector and ambitious for the significant role that the Heartland has locally, nationally and globally.

‘Her profile and experience, working both in the Heartland and at a national scale, means she is well placed to influence the agenda on transport and connectivity, including securing the investment in infrastructure which the region requires.’

Ms Green said: ‘I am excited to work with our partners both locally and nationally as we turn the transport strategy’s words into actions and unlock opportunities for our residents, businesses and environment.

‘Throughout my career I have always emphasised the need for place-based approaches to infrastructure. There are always different solutions to different challenges throughout our diverse region. By focusing on the needs of people and places, I believe we will be able to deliver a transport system that enables users to have choice in the way they move, while also realising the ambitions of the region as a whole.’

Ms Green is a former civil servant. Since joining EEH in 2018 as head of technical programme, she led the preparation and implementation of the regional transport strategy published last year.

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