Edwin Booth, Chairman
Edwin was appointed the first Chairman of Lancashire Enterprise Partnership following its establishment in 2011. He is the Chairman of E H Booth & Co Ltd, proprietors of Booths in the North of England, representing the fifth generation of the family that has operated Booths since 1847.
He entered the family business immediately after school and quickly discovered a hunger for retailing. The purchase of wine became his speciality for many years, enabling Booths to gain national recognition for this important area of the business. Subsequently he developed a successful marketing function prior to becoming Executive Chairman in 1997.
Edwin was an HRH The Prince Of Wales Business Ambassador for the North West in 2005 and a finalist for the Ernst & Young Master Entrepreneur of the Year (North). He has also been awarded the Institute of Directors' Director of the Year award for Lancashire and the North West, recognised for his business pursuits by the North West Society of Chartered Accounts and as the Lancastrian of the Year in the Be Inspired Business Awards 2009. In 2010 Edwin was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Lancaster University for his services to the region and his industry.
Edwin has worked with the Lancashire universities in the areas of leadership and business change programmes and is presently chairing the Business in the Community (BITC) Advisory Board for the North West, which is developing a programme of engagement between businesses and schools in areas of particular need. He is Vice-Chairman of the Harris Charity which was co-founded by his forebear Edwin Henry Booth and is Non-Executive Chairman of Symingtons Ltd in Leeds. Edwin also sits as a trustee of the Prince’s Countryside Fund.
Edwin’s personal interests are wide and varied. He holds a private pilot’s licence and takes more than a passing interest in automobiles! Edwin enjoys classical music and maintains his physical fitness through cycling, walking, skiing and playing tennis with family and friends. Edwin and his wife Annie have two daughters who share his enthusiasm for a full and active life and not least his passion for good food!