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Chair announced for the Hereford Enterprise Zone

Local born businessman and entrepreneur Bill Jackson has been appointed to take on the role of non-Executive Chair of the Hereford Enterprise Zone.

As Chair, Mr Jackson will be responsible for leading the board, ensuring it fulfils its responsibilities for strategic direction and governance for the Hereford Enterprise Zone. He will also provide guidance to the managing director and foster relationships with the business community and all key stakeholders in both private and public sector.

Mr Jackson was born in Hereford and attended the Cathedral Prep and Lucton School. He went on to a successful estate agent career and founded Jackson’s Estate Agency in 1982. The current company, Jackson International, operates estate agents offices in Hereford and Leominster and Jackson Equestrian in Chester.

He has been a director (17 years) and for the past four years, Chairman of the Leominster Area Regeneration Company (LARC), which has been responsible for the regeneration of Leominster including the new bridge and industrial estate together with now transforming the town centre with a 94% shop occupancy. LARC is now currently completing the Grange Court project, which will be a new community, social enterprise and heritage hub operating for the people of Leominster.

After learning of his successful appointment as Enterprise Zone Chair he said: “I’m delighted to be appointed, it is an exciting challenge and its success is key to the prosperity of the city and county, creating jobs and apprenticeships not only in the Hereford Enterprise Zone, but in all the towns throughout Herefordshire.”

Geoffrey Davies, Chairman of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: "Bill Jackson is a businessman with a wealth of experience and I'm delighted he has been appointed as Chair of the Enterprise Zone Board. I'm sure that under his leadership the board will continue to make good progress in its work alongside the LEP to spur on economic growth and sustainable job creation in the region."

The appointment will be for a period of three years with the possibility of renewal and is non-remunerated.