Mark Duddridge Obituary, Death – It is very upsetting to learn of the sudden death of Mark Duddridge, a gentleman who had a strong desire to assist Cornwall right up until the end of his life. We are writing to share the devastating news that Mark Duddridge, Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), has passed away. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. Yesterday, May 16, Mark died suddenly at his home in South East Cornwall, where he had lived all his life. He was 60. Mark was a devoted advocate for Cornwall, its enterprises, and the wider economic and social objectives of the county. He was known as “the Cornish Ambassador.
After working with Samworth Brothers for 20 years, during which time he served as the managing director of Ginsters for 15 of those years, he was given the position of Chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership in 2016. Prior to that, he worked for Northern Foods in a variety of capacities, including as the company’s commercial director. In more recent years, he held the roles of director at Rodda’s as well as managing director at Pasta King.
Additionally, Mark contributed his time, energy, and expertise to a wide variety of socially motivated businesses, organizations, and charitable institutions. In 2021, he was appointed to the position of Group Chair of Coastline Housing and concurrently served as an associate Non-Executive Director of the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. A former governor of Callington Community College, he also served as a trustee for the Prince’s Countryside Fund and CHICKS (Countryside Holidays for Inner City Kids). Mark was a dedicated gig rower who competed in the World Pilot Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly. He was a member of the Caradon Gig Rowing Club and had competed in the event on multiple occasions.