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A diverse community of
leading experts, policymakers
and practitioners

The Institute’s key research themes
are led by ten academic partners
spread across the UK.

We’re a UK-wide research
organisation exploring what
productivity means for business

Businesses are crucial to solving
the UK’s productivity problems.


Yorks, Humber & North East Productivity Forum

This area covers the corner of England from the Midlands up to the Scottish border, neighbouring North West England. It has 8 million people, with Leeds easily the largest centre of economic activity. This region is in a transition from traditional heavy industry industries to more diversified business areas, but it still has a strong manufacturing presence. However, the region has the lowest levels of output per hour in the UK – about 17% below the UK average.

RPF logo for Yorks, Humber and NE

The Yorkshire, Humber and the North East Productivity Forum is led by the University of Sheffield. It is involved in the implementation of research insights, the design of practical business and policy interventions, and in providing input to the development of the Institute’s future research agenda.

Members include stakeholders from policy, community and business leaders from local, national and multinational enterprises.

Key Contacts

Jason Heyes

Professor Jason Heyes

Yorks, Humber & North East Forum lead
Sheffield University Management School


Sam Killick

University of Sheffield

Alasdair Barrett

British Business Bank

Bill Jones


Charles Turner

Durham Duplex

Felix Kumi-Ampofo

Sheffield City Region

Professor Gary Dymski

Leeds University Business School

Giselle Stewart


John Greenhough

The GreenField Organisation

Jonathan Cooper

South Yorkshire and District Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Anne-Marie Kilkenny

Oliver Wight Consulting

Louise Kempton

Newcastle University

Paul Mount

Bank of England’s Agency for Yorkshire & the Humber

Sarah Bowes

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Sarah Tulip


Tom Bousfield

South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority

Nick Martin

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies

Fiona Fletcher

Sheffield City Council

Olivia Buckley

First Intuition

Deb Hetherington

Bruntwood Scitech

Katrina Ritchie


Charlotte Axon

Tailored Thinking

Bernd Brandl

Durham University Business School

Rich Crisp

Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research

Since 2010, responsibility for local and regional economic development has come to rest primarily with the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), of which six are located in the two regions. Five of the nation’s 10 city-region combined authority institutions are within the North East, Yorkshire and Humber. These follow some of the principles of the London mayoral set-up (though not for the North East Combined Authority) albeit with far fewer powers and resources. Find insights into productivity in Yorkshire, the North East and the Humber below.