New top team for public sector framework provider

Not-for-profit framework provider LHC has named its new Board and interim Group Director as part of a governance review to support the organisation’s future growth.

Clive Feeney steps in as interim Group Director from July 18 following a 12-year career at LHC, while chartered HR professional Mandy Clark is now Vice Chair of the Board.

Comprising four LHC-employed, and five non-employed members, the Board is as follows:

  • Peter Quinn – Chair
  • Mandy Clark – Vice Chair
  • Robert McDowall – Client Representative
  • Nick Abbott – Client Representative
  • Cllr John Bevan – Joint Committee Representative
  • Clive Feeney – Executive Director
  • Jennifer Castle – Executive Director
  • Dean Fazackerley – Board-Level Employee Representative
  • George Stevens – Board-Level Employee Representative

Clive Feeney’s appointment to Interim Group Director follows Elaine Elkington’s decision to step down as Interim Managing Director on July 15 this year. In post for up to 12 months, he will steer the organisation through its next Governance implementation phase.

After joining LHC in 2010 with a remit to raise its profile in the North of England, Clive went on to launch its first regional hub, Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) – now the Group’s largest business unit. He also led acquisition of LHC’s charity organisation, Lintel Trust and has pioneered the use of the LHC Community Benefit Fund, which has so far distributed more than £1m back to Scottish communities.

On his appointment, Clive Feeney said: “In the 12 years I have worked with LHC it’s been a pleasure to both watch and be part of its growth, so it feels fitting now to be leading the organisation with the Board as we start a new chapter.

“LHC has performed very well this year, despite the adversity created by Covid-19 and other political issues in the UK and worldwide. We are growing, we have strong support from the Board, and now is the right time to set out what kind of organisation we want to be going forward. LHC is entering a pivotal new phase in its long history and it’s a very positive step.”

Vice Chair Mandy Clark is a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and HR professional, bringing more than 20 years’ board-level experience for international organisations spanning professional services, defence, engineering, and support services. Currently Co-Deputy Chair at Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Mandy also serves on the board of housing associations Abri and GreenSquareAccord.

Mandy Clark said: “This is a hugely exciting opportunity to be joining LHC as the Board and leadership team forge a new path for the organisation’s future to enable us to build on success to-date. I look forward to working with Cllr. John Bevan, current Chair of the LHC Joint Committee, drawing on his years of experience, while bringing in cross-sector board experience we can use to benefit not just LHC, but the clients and suppliers we work so closely with.”

Elaine Elkington, current LHC Group Interim Managing Director, said: “It’s been a pleasure to lead LHC, first through the Joint Committee structure and then setting up the new Board in conjunction with Chair Cllr John Bevan. The new Board is skilled to lead LHC into a thriving future through the next stage of the implementation plan and will benefit from Clive’s experience of driving business development in the regions.

“Our current governance arrangements have been in place for more than 50 years and while they have served LHC well in the past, the experience and sector knowledge of the new non-executives will enhance our offer to the market and provide a strong client interface with our customers.''

The latest news follows the announcement of Peter Quinn as LHC Chair in April and arrives as part of the organisation’s governance refresh. From here, Board and senior leadership will continue to develop a set of strategic options for the future.

LHC is a not-for-profit central purchasing body which develops a wide range of construction frameworks in England, Scotland and Wales. LHC's frameworks are available to all publicly funded contracting authorities to procure works, goods and services to design, construct, refurbish and maintain social housing, schools and public buildings.

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