InvestSK appoints Assistant Chief Executive as Heritage Lincolnshire bids a fond farewell to Liz Bates
InvestSK, South Kesteven’s economic growth and regeneration company, has appointed Liz Bates as Assistant Chief Executive.
Liz, who joins the company from Heritage Lincolnshire where she has been CEO for 6 years, will take up the new post on Monday.
She will support Steve Bowyer, InvestSK’s Chief Executive, to deliver InvestSK's broad and ambitious growth agenda for the South Kesteven District Council-owned economic growth and regeneration company.
InvestSK says her skills and wealth of experience from the heritage, regeneration and place-making sectors will be a particularly valuable asset for South Kesteven.
Commenting on her appointment, Liz Bates said: “As a new organisation delivering the council’s exciting ambition for inclusive economic growth, it’s fantastic to see InvestSK working so closely with businesses, charities and residents and already achieving such a lot in a short time.
“I’m looking forward to joining the InvestSK team and playing a part in celebrating all this wonderful district has to offer: a deep, rich heritage, a vibrant arts and cultural programme, countless visitor attractions and many varied world-class businesses.”
Steve Bowyer, chief executive of InvestSK, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Liz to InvestSK. She brings a wealth of experience from a range of sectors and I know will bring a lot to an already fantastic team.
“Liz is also an experienced fundraiser, having secured more than £11 million from a wide range of public and private sector sources, and this will be a valuable skill which will benefit both InvestSK and the wider South Kesteven economy.”
Heritage Lincolnshire also paid tribute to Liz. They said Liz has led the charity in delivering multi million pound capital projects that have taken historic buildings in urgent need of repair and secured new uses that have been of great benefit to local communities. The creation of high quality learning and volunteering opportunities has also been a major achievement during her time in post, delivering on the charity’s core objectives. As an experienced fundraiser and historic buildings specialist, she has developed the focus of the charity to one that puts people and places in Lincolnshire at the heart of the organisation’s ethos.
Simon Erskine Crum, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said, “The whole of Lincolnshire should be grateful to Liz for what she has done for our heritage, our tourism and our prosperity. We are very sad to see Liz go, we thank her for all that she has done and we wish her well for her future career. Our loss is South Kesteven’s gain and I know that Liz will continue to contribute to the promotion and encouragement of not only Lincolnshire’s inheritance but that of the whole country.”
Liz said of her former employer: “It has been a privilege to work with such a fantastic team of staff and volunteers over the past 17 years and I have learned a huge amount from everyone I’ve worked with in that time. I feel very fortunate to have had an opportunity to lead such a wonderful organisation and I know it will go from strength to strength in the future.”
Heritage Lincolnshire has 35 members of staff and over 300 volunteers at the charity and over £1 million is raised annually through commercial income, grants and donations to deliver a wide range of activities that focus on the rich and diverse heritage of Lincolnshire.