First recruit to organisation with exciting vision for West Cumbria comes from local community

23rd November 2022

An initiative which will create more than 700 jobs across West Cumbria through collaboration is delighted to have recruited locally for the first of many appointments to its own organisation.

iSH (the Industrial Solutions Hub), which will create opportunities for businesses and organisations to collaborate, enhance skills and capabilities, and regenerate communities, has appointed an office manager for its new premises in Cleator Moor – and plans to make 10 more appointments in the next six months.


Lynn Huddart, is iSH’s first appointment and joins the organisation having been finance administrator at Montreal Primary School in Cleator Moor.

Lynn, from Cleator Moor, who started as iSH’s office manager earlier this month, is excited by the role and what iSH can achieve for communities across West Cumbria.

She said: “When I first heard about iSH I could see the benefits it would bring to this area and wanted to play my part in helping make that happen.

“The iSH team are so welcoming, friendly and inspiring. The first time I met John (iSH managing director John Maddison) I thought if anyone is going to make this work it’s him.

“John and Steve (iSH programme manager Steve Wilkinson) want to share what they know with you and empower you to make a difference. Everyone is so positive.

“The whole ethos of the organisation is that everyone in our communities should have the opportunity to succeed and that is something I am passionate about.”

Mum of two Lynn, born and brought up in Moor Row, attended Moor Row Primary School, Wyndham School, Egremont, and West Cumbria College, Workington where she studied hospitality and catering and gained an HND in business.

Lynn is based in iSH’s new town centre premises in Cleator Moor in the Phoenix Centre Phase 3, Earl Street.

John Maddison, iSH managing director said: “We are delighted that Lynn has chosen to join iSH and her skills, experience and enthusiasm has already started to make a positive difference to the organisation.

“With iSH having its heart in the West Cumbria community we are pleased that someone born and brought up in the area and educated here is our first member of the team.

“As well as Lynn’s professional qualifications and career history, Lynn’s connections in the community are also hugely important to iSH as the whole programme is about creating jobs and regenerating communities.

“iSH is not a place. It is about a place. And we are hugely excited that with Lynn now part of the team, and with other appointments to follow, we can make a really positive difference to people’s lives, to the economy and the environment and build on the momentum iSH has already achieved.”

An iSH Enterprise Campus (iEC) on Leconfield Industrial Estate, Cleator Moor, is part of the organisation’s future development with refurbishment work already set to start on the site which is owned by Copeland Borough Council.

Future job opportunities with iSH include: Education Liaison Officer, Investment Officer, Operations Director, Regional Representative, Senior Project Manager, Business Liaison Manager, Community Liaison Officer, Project Manager Apprentice and Project Controls Officer.