Leader to Leader Cohort 2

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Business Leaders' Study Highlights Community Concerns
Over Nuclear Construction Benefits

The challenges facing Cumbria as it undertakes the build of new nuclear power stations and other facilities in the county have been put under the spotlight by a cross sector group of managers from some of the county's top companies and organisations taking part in the Leader to Leader programme organised by the Centre for Leadership Performance.

The nine individuals are at the end of more than 7 months of intensive and demanding work in the programme designed to develop capabilities to lead in today's volatile and dynamic business environment. A vital part of the programme is harnessing the intellect and insight of the delegates to address a key issue for Cumbria — in this case how to deliver long term benefits to the county and local communities from the nuclear build programme.

As part of their investigations, the group surveyed local people and the responses revealed acute concerns about local employment opportunities and infrastructure, voicing an underlying fear that nothing will change and that there will be no long-term sustainable investment in the area. Local communities fear that if these two vital concerns are not addressed, West Cumbria will suffer and will not reap any lasting benefit from the massive investment represented by the nuclear construction programme.

The Leader to Leader group was made up of: John Jackson, Planning Manager with Story Homes, Dave Lewis, Business Development Manager at nuclear engineering specialists NSG, Ian Grant, Fuel Handling Manager at Iggesund, Liam Duffy, Material Control Manager at Sealy UK, and Beverley Stothart, Head of Commercial & Business Development at Direct Rail Services.

Sellafield Ltd and Allerdale Borough Council each had two delegates on the development programme; from Sellafield Steve Glasson, Contract Officer, and Liz Spedding, Senior Operations Support Manager, and from Allerdale Charles Holmes, Head of Community Services and Catherine Nicholson, Head of Financial Services.

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The cohort presented their findings to their 'sponsors' — senior managers from their companies and organisations — who were hugely impressed by the depth of the research and conclusions drawn by the group. The sponsors also committed to sharing the report within their own organisations and to a wider audience in Cumbria and beyond, to help shape strategy and policy which could impact on the county for decades to come.

The Leader to Leader group also looked at skills training, supply chain, and how temporary accommodation could best be provided for any workers travelling into Cumbria.

The report states: "The opportunities that will arise from the new build programme are unprecedented and could boost the economy significantly. Together with these opportunities is the potential threat that the local economy could suffer through a cycle of Boom & Bust."

But the report warns: "Innovation and risk appetite is lacking and plans are needed to address this as it drives the economy after a period of 'boom' so that the 'bust' that follows is reduced."

The group conducted extensive research to compile the report including interviewing key leaders from West Cumbria and surveying local residents to identify what the community needed to become engaged in the success of the new build investment in the area.

Secondary research was conducted via the Cumbrian Observatory, Office for National Statistics, transport groups and various organisations and websites.

Al Mather, former Chief Executive of the Centre for Leadership Performance commented: "The group has put a huge amount of work into researching the issue and producing the report, the vast majority of it in their own time and of course in addition to doing their normal jobs. The diverse expertise and experience of the group gives the report a particular weight, and it makes a valuable contribution to strategic thinking in Cumbria."

If you would like more information on the Leader-to-Leader programme, please email info@cforlp.org.uk or phone 01900 824 822 and a team member will be in touch.

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