The LEP Network

The LEP Network champions the impact and value of LEPs in building local economic growth and prosperity across the country. It acts as the lead commentator and negotiator for LEPs at a national level with government, advisers, businesses, academia, think tanks and other target audiences. It also acts as a central source of information and data on LEPs at a national level.

The LEP Network Ltd is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, governed by LEP Chairs who volunteer their time: Mark Bretton (Chair), Roger Marsh (Vice Chair), and Dr Diane Savory OBE DL, and Graham Wynn OBE. They are responsible for the strategic direction and policy of the LEP Network, finances, operational actions, and signing off annual audited accounts; and confirming procurement procedures. To view our Terms of Reference, Operations Plan, and Audited Accounts, please click here.

The LEP Network Board meet throughout the year and set the overall policy direction and strategy for LEPs. For agendas and minutes of these meetings, please click here.

Company Directors of The LEP Network Ltd

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Mark Bretton

Chair of the LEP Network, Chair of Hertfordshire LEP

Mark Bretton Chair of the LEP Network, Chair of Hertfordshire LEP

Mark Bretton is Chair of the LEP Network, the national body that brings all 38 LEPs together.and Chair of Hertfordshire LEP. He is an independent consultant with 36 years of wide-ranging business experience, including in several high profile Government programmes. Until recently Mark was a Managing Director (Partner) in the leadership team of the professional services firm Accenture. He sits on the Business Leaders’ Council of the charity Teach First.

Mark has an MBA in Export Management and International Business from The City University Business School (now CASS) and a BSc Econ (Hons) in Management Studies. He was a Royal Signals Reserve Officer (Major) and holds a Territorial Decoration. Mark joined the LEP Board as Business Representative and Chair Designate in January 2016 and took over as Chair of the LEP Board in June 2016. 

View LEP Board Members' Register of Interests.

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Roger Marsh OBE

Chair, Leeds City Region LEP, Chair, Northern Powerhouse 11 (NP11), Vice Chair LEP Network

Roger Marsh OBE Chair, Leeds City Region LEP, Chair, Northern Powerhouse 11 (NP11), Vice Chair LEP Network

Roger is the former senior partner at PWC Leeds and a member of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Board. Since becoming Chair of the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, Roger has led the LEP through a period of significant transformation, securing the country’s largest Local Growth Deal settlement and bringing £1 billion of investment to the region. Alongside other areas, Roger is also one of the Trustees for the Iraq/Afghanistan memorial project.

Click here to view Roger's register of interests.

Roger can be contacted through the Leeds City Region LEP on 0113 348 1819 or

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Dr Diane Savory OBE DL

Chair, GFirst LEP

Dr Diane Savory OBE DL Chair, GFirst LEP

Diane is the Chair of GFirst LEP and represents Gloucestershire as part of the Future High Streets Forum with the High Streets Minister. 

In 2013, Diane was awarded an OBE in recognition of her work with GFirst LEP and her contribution to business, and was appointed as a Deputy Lord-Lieutenant in 2015.

With a passion for fashion, Diane studied retail and exhibition design at Cassio College, Watford. After joining Cult Clothing, the predecessor of SuperGroup Plc, she rapidly progressed through the organisation to become its Chief Operating Officer, transforming the company from a small, local enterprise to the now-distinctive global fashion retailer that is Superdry. Furthermore, she has mentored businesses to help them succeed in today's challenging environment and is a board member for a number of organisations.

Click here to view Diane's register of interests

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LEP Network Contacts

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Mark Livesey

Chief Executive,

Mark Livesey Chief Executive,

Mark Livesey joined the LEP Network in December 2019 from Cheshire and Warrington LEP, where he held the joint role of Chief Executive Marketing Cheshire and Deputy Chief Executive Cheshire and Warrington LEP.  Mark joined the LEP in July 2016 from the Department for Communities and Local Government. His civil service career included serving as the Private Secretary to the Leader of the House of Lords and successive housing and planning ministers.  During his civil service career, Mark was also responsible for Coastal Communities, High Streets and Town Centres, during which time he set up and launched the Great British Coast brand, the Great British High Street brand and launched the national Great British High Streets competition.  Mark also headed up the Government’s £2.3bn Starter Homes Programme, which aimed to deliver 200,000 starter homes by 2020.

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Jennifer Gunn

Policy Manager,

Jennifer Gunn Policy Manager,

Jennifer joined as Policy Manager in May 2017. 

Jennifer is an economic development professional with over 12 years’ experience working on a variety of public sector economic development and regeneration initiatives. Her previous roles in economic development have included managing employment and skills projects, business support programmes, inward investment initiatives and stakeholder engagement. Jennifer is interested in the opportunities that MOOCs and online learning can bring to employers and employees looking to improve skills and productivity. 

She has an MA in Regeneration and Renewal and is a member of the Institute for Economic Development.

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Mike Dennehy

Communications Manager,

Mike Dennehy Communications Manager,

Mike took up the role of Communications Manager in July 2015.

Prior to this Mike worked for FTSE 100 business Babcock International Group as their PR and Public Affairs Manager working in the Support Services Division with a particular focus on their skills and learning business.  Previous to this Mike worked in corporate communications for Centrica plc and BAE Systems.

Mike's communications experience includes working for BBC News , including a stint as political researcher with BBC Westminster, and working in government communications as press secretary for the energy minister, Home Secretary, and International Trade Minister.  

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Jayne Atkinson

Administration Executive,

Jayne Atkinson Administration Executive,

Jayne joined the LEP Network in June 2015.

Her background is in marketing communications and providing business support at a senior level.

She has worked for large corporates and SMEs and in a variety of industry sectors including, training, market research, digital print, automotive, IT services, recruitment, financial services and construction.

Jayne is married with two children.

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