Suffolk brewing boss to head board tasked with saving devolution deal

Adnams chief executive Andy Wood. Picture: submitted

Adnams chief executive Andy Wood. Picture: submitted - Credit: Archant

The chief executive of the Suffolk brewer Adnams will lead discussions with local politicians and the government over the devolution of money and powers to East Anglia.

Andy Wood, a former chairman of the Norfolk and Suffolk local enterprise partnership New Anglia, was chosen by politicians in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire this week to lead the East Anglian Leaders Devolution Board.

As an independent chairman he will help lead discussions about shape the deal and its detail, liaising with both local politicians and central government.

Supporters of devolution are hoping that having a non-political figurehead could save the process - branded a 'shambles' by Norfolk County Council leader George Nobbs this week - from being kicked out by councillors.

Since the chancellor announced the £30m-a-year draft agreement in his budget last month a number of MPs, council leaders and business leaders have voiced concerns about the plans, which include an elected mayor for East Anglia.

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A vote took place this week and leaders were told today that Dr Wood will be the Independent Chair of the East Anglian Leaders Devolution Board.

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