LEP Team

Management Board

Christine Gaskell MBE DL +
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Christine Gaskell MBE DL

Chair, Cheshire & Warrington

Christine Gaskell MBE DL Chair, Cheshire & Warrington

From 1995 until autumn 2012 Christine was a Member of the Board at Bentley Motors Limited with responsibility for 3,500 employees worldwide and is Chair of the Pension Fund.

Under Christine, Bentley invested significantly in improving the skills and capability of its workforce, winning regional and national recognition for its programmes.

For over 15 years Christine has been actively involved in promoting learning and skills in Cheshire.

Christine is the regional champion for Apprenticeships through the Apprentice Ambassadors Network. She is the Non Executive Chairman of both Total People Limited, one of the region’s largest work based learning providers, and Cheshire Employer and Skills Development Ltd, a funding organisation to promote employer involvement with learning and skills in South Cheshire.

Christine was appointed as the first Chair of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership in March 2011.

Christine was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List 2012 for services to Training and Apprenticeships. Christine is married and lives in Cheshire.

Click here to view Christine's register of interests.

Cheshire & Warrington LEP

Peter Richardson OBE +
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Peter Richardson OBE

Chair, Derby Derbyshire Nottingham Nottinghamshire

Peter Richardson OBE Chair, Derby Derbyshire Nottingham Nottinghamshire

Peter is a prominent business figure in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, and was appointed chairman of D2N2 at the start of November 2012.

Peter brings a wealth of experience to the role after a lifetime working in the financial services sector, most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of Derbyshire Building Society, taking retirement in 2008.

He is a past Chair of Derbyshire Business Link and Derby Cityscape URC; current Chair of the Derby Renaissance Board and is a former member of the Governing Council of the University of Derby. He has also chaired the Championing Derbyshire Olympic Legacy 2012 Committee.

He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Nottingham University Business School.

Peter currently runs a Business Consultancy and is a co-director of a security company.

Click here to view Peter's register of interests.


Graham Wynn OBE +
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Graham Wynn OBE

Chair, The Marches LEP

Graham Wynn OBE Chair, The Marches LEP

Born into a Shropshire farming family and educated locally; Graham at 15 started an engineering apprenticeship at one of the country’s largest agricultural and automotive dealerships; his career progressed from engineering into sales and then management, ultimately becoming a main board director.

In 1993 Graham and wife Jenny started re-training motoring offenders, later forming TTC, which has grown to be the UK’s largest National driver and cycle training company; based in Telford, TTC trains over 330,000 drivers annually,  and 25,000 children receive Bikeability training through their cycling division.

TTC is listed in the stock exchange top 1000 UK’s most inspirational companies, and was also recently voted Company of the Year at the Shropshire Star Business Awards. Graham attributes the success of TTC to the partnership with Jenny and the team they have built, focussed on excellence in customer service delivery.

Graham was appointed as a magistrate in 1986 and awarded the OBE in 2006 New Year’s Honours for his contribution to road safety.  His community work has included member of Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, Founding Member of Telford Business Partnership, Chair of Telford Business Board, Chair of the Marches LEP and board member of the National LEP Network, representing the six West Midlands LEPs, Midlands Connect and the Midlands Engine.

Click here to view Graham's register of interests.

The Marches LEP.


Roger Marsh OBE +
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Roger Marsh OBE

Chair, Leeds City Region

Roger Marsh OBE Chair, Leeds City Region

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 info@the-lep.com.

Steve Hindley CBE DL +
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Steve Hindley CBE DL

Chair, Heart of the South West

Steve Hindley CBE DL Chair, Heart of the South West

Steve is Chair of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership. 

Steve has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry at both project and company board level. He is former Chair of the CBI Construction Council and the South West CBI Council, and he is the current Chair of the Constructing Excellence South West Leadership Team. 

In addition, Steve is a trustee and chairman for the Devon Community Foundation, a trustee of Children’s Hospice South West and was formerly on the board of governors at the City of Bristol College. 

He was awarded the CBE in the 2006 New Year Honours List for services to the Construction Industry, appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Devon in 2009 and had an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering conferred upon him by Exeter University in 2011.

Click here to view Steve's register of interests.

Heart of the South West LEP.

Angus Knowles-Cutler +
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Angus Knowles-Cutler

Deputy Chair, London Economic Action Partnership

Angus Knowles-Cutler Deputy Chair, London Economic Action Partnership

Angus is Vice Chairman of Deloitte and also serves as their London office Senior Partner. He has thirty years’ experience in professional services, most recently leading the firm’s Transaction Services practice. 

Angus is deputy Chair of the London Economic Action Partnership (the London LEP).

In his London role, Angus works with businesses, policy makers and opinion formers. He has a particular interest in how the city maintains and grows its global leadership in high skill sectors, with a focus on the need to attract talent to London.

Angus holds an MA from the University of Cambridge and is a freeman of the City of London. 

Click here to view Angus's register of interests.

Peter Read +
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Peter Read

Chair, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP

Peter Read Chair, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP

With over 40 years’ of experience in the aviation industry at both director and board level, Peter brings a combination of public and private sector experience to the role.  He is the current non-executive  chairman of the Airline Group, working  closely  with  the  Department  for  Transport  (2015),  and  a  board member of National Air Traffic Services.

Click here to view Peter's declarations within the LEP's register of interests.

Thames Valley Berkshire LEP

Main Contacts

Warren Ralls +
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Warren Ralls


Warren Ralls Director

Warren took up the role of Director in February 2015.

Prior to this Warren was seconded to the LEP Network from the Buckinghamshire LEP. He has been working with the LEP Chairs since June 2013, in the design and implementation of the LEP Network service to LEPs.

Warren brings to this role his current knowledge of LEPs and previous experience of almost 20 years in the world of economic development, of Single Regeneration Budget, European Programmes, Business Link, and work in a Regional Development Agency. In January 2018, Warren was co-opted onto the Board of the Institute of Economic Development.

When he has any spare time, Warren enjoys getting into his art studio, to continue honing his skills as a fine artist printmaker.

Click here to view Warren's register of interests.

Mike Dennehy +
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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.  

Jennifer Gunn +
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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.

Jayne Atkinson +
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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.