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Lee Grears appointed as new BECBC Board Chair

BECBC today announced the appointment of Lee Grears, founder and Managing Director of award-winning Inspection, NDT and Destructive Testing and Training Company Responsive Ltd, based in Workington, as a new Board Chair.

Lee was voted onto the board in 2021 and elected to lead the board in 2022. Lee has a vested interest in Cumbria and its future prosperity for future generations. With a keen passion for business clustering Lee believes collaboration is the best way to ensure growth and sustainability, not just in Cumbria, but also the wider North.

“It’s an honour to take on the role of Chair of the Board for BECBC. Responsive has been a member of BECBC for several years now and we have seen the tremendous work the business cluster does around collaboration and driving business for the wider energy and engineering supply chain. I am looking forward to working with the cluster’s CEO, Dianne Richardson as well as the very active board members whose passion undoubtedly is to create more opportunities for its members as well as our wider community.” Lee Grears, Responsive Ltd.

Lee steps into a role previously held by Ivan Baldwin, Bechtel Head of U.K. Civil Nuclear Market., Bechtel UK. Dianne Richardson, Chief Executive Officer for the cluster, explains:
“During six and a half years as the Chair, Ivan has devoted many hours of volunteer time to making the organisation resilient and focussed on member value. He has recently overseen a change in organisational structure from a contractor-based model to one which directly employs two members of staff with support from expert contractors. The Covid lockdowns set challenges for many organisations and for Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster, which is built around getting people into a room to collaborate and do business. Ivan’s leadership in challenging the team to move online quickly and efficiently meant Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC) maintained its service throughout. This was something the smaller member businesses particularly appreciated. One of the legacies of Ivan’s work in the years as chair is the increased profile of BECBC both nationally in the UK and internationally in countries such as Japan, Spain and Canada with Memorandum’s of Understanding signed with equivalent organisations in those countries. It will be good to have Ivan remain on the board, where, I am sure, he will continue to drive value for BECBC.”

Joanne Chamber of Lakeland Capabilities, a BECBC member, commented “In the 6 years that Ivan has been Chair of BECBC there has been a real shift in terms of the diversity of cluster members and how inclusive the cluster feels. Ivan has made genuine efforts to reach out to some of the more diverse businesses, both to provide support and for consultation on issues. I think that is now really reflected in the members that attend meetings and engage with events. Whilst the cluster will always retain its focus on energy, it now feels a far more relevant space for those businesses from other sectors.”

While Ivan is stepping down from the chair position, he will complete his three-year appointment to the board until April 2023. Alongside Gary Shuttleworth from Morgan Sindall he will provide knowledge, expertise and insight into the nuclear industry as the UK enters a phase of nuclear growth to support the country’s energy security and net zero targets.