Women in Nuclear UK (WiN UK) co-founder Miranda Kirschel has joined iSH (Industrial Solutions Hub) as a regional representative.
Miranda Kirschel, who set up and led the WiN UK initiative and received an MBE for service to equal opportunities in the nuclear industry, has joined iSH with the aim of helping it to transform communities across West Cumbria by increasing employment opportunities.
Miranda formerly served as head of European Business Development for Atkins, an executive with EY, and head of Business and Innovation with Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.
‘More diversity and less dependency’
Commenting on her appointment, Miranda, who lives in West Cumbria, said: “I am excited by the opportunity to be part of a regeneration programme which is supported by government and key stakeholders in Cumbria and to have the opportunity to help put West Cumbria on the map for business, innovation, and technology.
“iSH will engender collaboration and innovation, production of technology and manufacturing.
“We will be creating jobs, helping with training and skills and raising visibility of the capability in the region, nationally and internationally.
“It is my job to join the dots, to bring businesses and stakeholders together to enable programmes to happen which will promote the capability of West Cumbria and attract inward investment.
“This will lead to more diversity and less dependency on one sector and one client for the long-term benefit of the region.”
She continued “A lot of people out there have a lot to offer – we need to be more open about how we talk about capability and see a person for their strengths and what they can do, not focus on what they can’t do.”
John Maddison, iSH managing director, said: “We are delighted to have attracted a candidate of Miranda’s calibre and are very excited about what she will achieve with the iSH team as our Regional Representative through collaborating with a broad range of businesses and organisations locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
“Miranda brings skills and expertise which immediately add to iSH’s capability and, equally importantly, she shares the values and ethos which are so important to all the team at iSH in terms of what, why, and how we are delivering for the region of West Cumbria, including for the area’s people, communities and the environment.
“We have already identified lots of exciting opportunities to collaborate with businesses, industry, research and development organisations, academia, communities, and stakeholders, which will help increase the region’s capability and deliver on iSH’s mission.
“I am delighted that, as regional representative, Miranda will be helping to bring those opportunities to fruition.”
Earlier this year, £20m of Levelling Up Fund investment was awarded by government to Copeland Borough Council for the iSH Enterprise Campus to fund phase two of redevelopment at Leconfield, Cleator Moor.
iSH is also supported in its activity by funding from Cleator Moor Town Deal Board which, working with Copeland Borough Council, secured a provisional offer of £22.5m from the Government’s £3.6bn Towns Fund initiative last year.
As well as being supported by Copeland Borough Council, iSH is also backed by Sellafield Ltd, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, and Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.
Image: Miranda Kirschel, iSH Regional Representative
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