Celebrate Appointment of Leading Businessman

Article Date: 01 February 2010

Councils celebrate appointment of leading businessman to key regeneration role
Councils are celebrating after leading businessman, Dennis Mendoros was appointed to head the company tasked with transforming Pennine Lancashire.

He is the founder, owner and MD of Euravia Engineering and Supply Ltd, based in Pennine Lancashire, which is involved in the design, refurbishment and testing of high-speed turbine aero-engines.  Euravia is also involved in Design and Post Design Services (PDS) and the development of integrated management information systems for aerospace applications. 

Mr Mendoros said he was relishing the challenge of the new role as Chair of Regenerate Pennine Lancashire:
"I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to help make a real difference to the lives of people across Pennine Lancashire. We face major challenges going forward but have already embarked upon the right path to tackling these issues through the close partnership working between all the Councils and other agencies. My role will be to help make sure that measures to improve housing and the local economy are implemented in a joined-up way, recognising the close links between job opportunities, prosperity and the housing market.

"These are exciting times for Pennine Lancashire as there is a real drive and determination amongst all our partners to transform the area and provide real opportunities for local people."

Dennis Mendoros comes into the role with a glittering array of achievements to his name. In 2002 he was awarded OBE for services to industry and was later commissioned a Deputy Lieutenant for Lancashire.  In 2007 he received, with gratitude, from the Northwest Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) the Frank Whittle Award in appreciation for his leadership of the Consortium of Lancashire Aerospace (CLA) and the NWAA.  In 2008 he received the lifetime achievement 'Lancastrian of the Year Award'. 

Ribble Valley Borough Council Leader Councillor Michael Ranson, who is Chair of the development company's Governing Body, said: "I am delighted that Dennis Mendoros has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Regenerate Pennine Lancashire. He was appointed from a group of excellent candidates and I know that his extensive knowledge, experience and enthusiasm will help the company improve and enhance the economic regeneration of Pennine Lancashire, as well as deliver its present projects. I am looking forward to working closely with him."

Councillor John David, Leader of Pendle Council, said: "I am absolutely delighted that Dennis has been appointed.

"He will ensure that the new company gets off to a flying start and I have no doubt that he will lead it superbly."
Burnley Council Leader, Councillor Gordon Birtwistle said:

"It is splendid news that Dennis has been appointed as the new chair of Regenerate Pennine Lancashire. Dennis is committed to the economic regeneration of Pennine Lancashire and promoting the area to attract new investment, and has a proven track record of achieving success through his involvement with key partnerships in the region. His appointment will make a real difference to the future prosperity of Pennine Lancashire. To have someone of Dennis' calibre as Chair, who runs his own successful business, will ensure real change is delivered and the area will benefit greatly from his expertise and experience. This is a first class appointment and I send Dennis my congratulations"

Blackburn with Darwen Council leader and Chair of the PLACE joint Committee Councillor Michael Lee said:
"Dennis is a well respected local businessman who will give us the profile and expertise necessary to drive this company forward. He is very knowledgeable about the challenges facing Pennine Lancashire and represents a major success for us to have appointed someone of his calibre. Dennis's private sector knowledge and experience as well as his contacts within the machinery of government will help the company lever in much needed private sector investment to support the regeneration of Pennine Lancashire."

Regenerate Pennine Lancashire was formed to help the seven councils deliver projects in ways they could not do before, by pooling expertise and resources, achieving greater value for money and attracting more private sector investment. It is designed to help increase prosperity and life choices for people living and working in Pennine Lancashire and to attract in others to work, live or visit.

The company will deliver major developments on behalf of local authorities, and continue the Housing Market Renewal (HMR) work initiated by Elevate. It has responsibility for delivering the No Limits LEGI scheme which supports new and existing businesses. It also has the remit to improve the image of Pennine Lancashire.

The company's board is made up of Chief Executives from the councils of Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Ribble Valley and Rossendale and Lancashire County Council (LCC); [list other people]; and members from the private sector.

A Management Team has been appointed and staff will be drawn from the Elevate and Local Enterprise Growth Initiative (LEGI) teams, council partners and funding organisations. They will be located mainly in The Globe Centre in Accrington, the Beehive in Blackburn and various local authority offices.

Funding for the new company will initially come from the Homes and Communities Agency, partner local authorities, the Northwest Regional Development Agency and LEGI.


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