Lindsay RossOne of Hambleton’s leading business figures has stepped down from his role as Chairman of the district’s Business Forum.

The Hambleton Strategic Business Forum’s (HSBF) fourth annual conference on May 13 saw Lindsay Ross head up the group for the last time – a role he had taken for seven years.

“I have always enjoyed working with local community organisations and think that business people in general have a lot to bring to the assistance of the community in terms of their day-to-day skills, contacts and knowledge,” he said.

“Businesses are after all an integral part of any community and hence it is simple logic to be involved. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as chair of HSBF and working alongside my colleagues at Hambleton District Council.   In particular I wish to thank them, and our speakers, for their support in holding this year’s conference.  It was a splendid event, on a very professional level and bought out interesting discussion from the attendees. I hope the council can build upon this success into the future.”

Lindsay has spent more than 40 years in civil engineering, construction and property development, working from being a gradate engineer to a managing director of a one-stop industrial and commercial property development company.  He has been responsible for several major employment sites, and has assisted in creating and sustaining numerous businesses and jobs within the region.

He was the founding chair of Thirsk Regeneration Initiative, which he chaired for seven years, was a member of the North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) steering committee, a member of the Hambleton Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) and chair of HSBF since its inception in 2009.

“Lindsay has always believed in the strength of working closely with the local authority and the community – and this has never been more evident than with his work with our Business Forum,” said Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson.

“He has given a lot of time to this forum which is very much appreciated by Hambleton District Council and the business community.”