James Newman OBE
Sheffield City Region – Business and Third Sector Leader
James Newman was the founding Chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), retiring after five and a half years at the end of 2015. He continues to chair the Region’s European Advisory Committee and serves on the National European Programme Growth Board, representing all LEPs.
He is currently Chairman of Finance Yorkshire and during his fifteen-year non-executive career he has been Chairman or a non-executive Director of a number plc’s, including Scott Wilson, Dignity, R &R Foods and Waste Recycling Group.
He is Chairman of the Trustees of MCF, which is a top 25 national charity, which provides a wide range of individual and family support as well as major research grants, Chairman of the South Yorkshire Community Foundation, one of the largest charities in Yorkshire and a non-executive Director and Chairman of the Investment Panel at the Key Fund, based in Sheffield and one of the UK’s largest social enterprise investors.
Much of his full-time career was spent as Group Finance Director of several FTSE plc’s, in a number of different manufacturing and service industries, including Kelda Group plc, the holding company for Yorkshire Water, where he was also Deputy CEO, Watmoughs and BRIDON.
He was a Governor and Deputy Chairman of Sheffield Hallam University and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2012 for services to business, enterprise and education in Yorkshire. He is on the Court at the University of York. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
He completed a highly successful year as Master Cutler of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire in 2009/10 and is a Freeman of the City of London and of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers. He was awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list for services to business, the economy and charity in Yorkshire.