Tom Hennessy has been appointed as chief executive of Opportunity Peterborough, the company responsible for supporting business and economic growth across the city.
Formerly the organisation’s Head of Economic Strategy & Partnerships, Tom has been with Opportunity Peterborough for four years and previously worked in Cambridgeshire County Council’s Economic Development team, as well as having worked in the private sector. Tom’s appointment follows the departure of the company’s former chief executive Steve Bowyer last month.
Opportunity Peterborough is the economic development company for Peterborough. A private company wholly owned by Peterborough City Council, the organisation is responsible for supporting local business growth, attracting new investors to the city, as well as supporting skills development and career aspirations of young people. Opportunity Peterborough also works with the city council through the Future Peterborough programme to develop Peterborough’s internationally acclaimed Smart City and circular economy initiatives.
Commenting on his appointment, Tom said, “I’m delighted to be able to lead the organisation at such an exciting time. For the moment it’s business as usual but there are plenty of fresh opportunities ahead, both for us as a company and the city.
“Opportunity Peterborough will, as we’ve always done, work closely with the local business community to enable the city’s growth and development, whilst also attracting new investment. Our Skills Service team is continuing their excellent work to develop the skills and career aspirations of young people within Peterborough and further afield, and our internationally recognised Future Peterborough team remains committed to driving sustainable and smart innovation across Peterborough.”
For more information about Opportunity Peterborough visit opportunitypeterborough.co.uk