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BECBC patron handover JF and MF Sept 2020

Professor John Fyfe CBE hands over BECBC Patron role to Marcia Reid Fotheringham

This week, Professor John Fyfe CBE steps down as honorary Patron for Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster and hands over to Marcia Reid Fotheringham, former High Sheriff of Cumbria, and who is currently a magistrate (19 years) and Deputy Lieutenant.

BECBC’s Chair, Ivan Baldwin comments: “Professor John Fyfe, the Prof, has been a long- standing supporter and friend of West Cumbria. We were delighted when John agreed to become our inaugural Patron in 2018, and we have really benefited from his insights and links into the national agenda. We look forward to welcoming John back to the region when he makes social visits with his supportive wife, Liz, in the future.”

Professor Fyfe, former British government overseas and employment advisor, is well- known for his long-standing passion to see West Cumbria nationally and internationally established as a centre of nuclear energy excellence.

“It has been such a privilege and an honour to serve as BECBC’s first Patron and to see, first-hand, the positive impact collaboration has on the business environment. It is with the greatest of pleasures that I welcome Marcia in to continue carrying the baton and serve BECBC, its members and our community.” Professor John Fyfe CBE.

Ivan Baldwin adds: “I want to extend a very warm welcome to our new Patron, Marcia, who, even before formally beginning her tenure, is making a real impact when we need it most. With a balance of business and community insights, Marcia embodies all of what makes BECBC so special, people working together to do GOOD business.”

Marcia Reid Fotheringham, born in London, moved to the USA at a young age. Later, she worked as clinical psychologist and senior administrator at Emerson College and AtlamtiCare Medical in Massachusetts. She returned to the UK, Cumbria, in 1997. Marcia is very involved in the local community and passionate about seeing more collaboration, diversity and business growth in the county.

“I am delighted to have been asked to become BECBC’s patron. These are demanding but exciting times. I look forward to doing what I can to further encourage the effective collaboration of superb expertise among BECBC’s members. This will allow us to strengthen and grow the supply chain and have a positive impact on our community.”,says, Marcia Reid Fotheringham.