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14.09.05
Sorensen Re-elected as Chairman

Thelma SorensenThelma Sorensen has been re-elected as Chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Economic Forum. Ms Sorensen, also an active member of the Objective One Business Task Force, was unopposed in her re-election to the post she has held since 2003.

Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership, said: "I would like to congratulate Thelma on her re-election and wish her every success with her work during what is a critical time for Cornwall's economic future."

Ms Sorensen, who was born and brought up in Cornwall, said she recognised she would have several key issues to tackle, particularly during her third year as Chairman. She said: "I am delighted to have been returned, unopposed, as Chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Forum for the next term and am very moved at the confidence the members have placed in me to hold that office. It is even more important to me that the Forum has recognised the importance of bringing together and developing, a strong public/private sector partnership, with a true sense of ownership, to drive forward the economic regeneration of Cornwall.

"As the Private Sector Chairman, I am very conscious that economic prosperity can only be achieved by meeting and overcoming, the challenges of the global economy by concentrating on what we do best and by taking full advantage of the outstanding assets with which the far South West has been blessed. This process has been very much helped in recent years by Objective One which has delivered, amongst other projects, the Combined Universities in Cornwall and high speed Broadband coverage across the whole region through the actnow project.

"These two projects alone are already having a very significant, positive impact on business confidence and in overcoming the effects of peripherality we have suffered from for so long. Peripherality is still very much an issue in Cornwall and as Chairman of the CEF and the Cornwall Business Partnership, I also have a personal commitment to contribute all I can to ensure that we retain the commercial Newquay Cornwall Airport which, I am convinced, is vital to the economic regeneration of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

"However, we are now facing one of our greatest challenges as the present Objective One Programme comes to an end and as we need to establish a vision of what the economy of Cornwall should be looking like in the next 15-20 years. I see my principle role as working with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Forum in developing the strategy to meet and deliver that vision both within a local, regional and national context.

"I have very much appreciated the tremendous support I have received from all the members of the Forum over the last two and a half years and look forward to working with them to build on the success that has been achieved so far and towards delivering together the economic priorities which will be set for the future."

For further information please contact Clare Morgan of the Objective One Communications Team on 01872 223439 or 07973 813647 or email: cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk.

The Objective One Business Task Force manages the private/public sector interface for the programme. The Business Task Force vision is to make Cornwall the place to do business in the 21st Century and to establish Cornwall as a model for sustainable prosperity by creating foundations that support innovation and best practice.

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Editor's notes:

Thelma Sorensen was born into a small family horticulture business in South East Cornwall and had a long early career in the insurance industry where she gained extensive commercial experience. As of January 2002, she has been the elected Chair of the Cornwall Business Partnership, an organisation representing amongst others the Institute of Directors, Federation of Small Businesses, Chambers of Commerce and Forum of Private Business etc. In May 2003, she became Chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Economic Forum. She is also a member of the Objective One Programme Monitoring Committee and Vice Chairman (Cornwall) of the Devon and Cornwall Business Council and a Non-Executive director of Finance Cornwall Ltd. She is an active Executive Committee member of the Construction Industry Council South West (Devon and Cornwall), a member of the national Architecture Club and the South West Women in Construction organisation for professional women in construction. In her spare time, she is an enthusiastic member of the International Wine and Food Society.

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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