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. 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.

The LEP Network Board

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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 DL

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

Roger Marsh OBE DL 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.

The 11 Northern Powerhouse LEPs are: Cheshire and Warrington; Cumbria; Humber; Lancashire; Leeds; Liverpool; Greater Manchester; North East; Sheffield City Region; Tees Valley; York and North Yorkshire.

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.

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Elizabeth Fagan CBE

Chair D2N2 LEP, Chair East Midlands Regional Group of LEPs.

Elizabeth Fagan CBE Chair D2N2 LEP, Chair East Midlands Regional Group of LEPs.

Elizabeth Fagan became Chair of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership in July 2018. Elizabeth is the recent former Non-Executive Chairman of Boots, having been appointed as the first female Managing Director of Boots in 2016. Elizabeth sits on the board of the Office for Students, the independent regulator for higher education in England. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Australian listed pooling solutions company Brambles.

She is President of the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers and is a member and past President of Women in Advertising and Communications Club. Elizabeth was also a member of the ASA Council for six years. In August 2013, she became a Fellow of the Marketing Society and, in the same year, was awarded a Cosmetic Executive Women UK, Achiever Award.

Elizabeth has been awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by Nottingham Trent University and in January 2020 received a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for her services to gender equality in business.

Elizabeth is the nominated Chair for the East Midlands Regional Group of LEPs: D2N2, Greater Lincolnshire; Leicester.

Click to view Elizabeth's Register of Interests.

Elizabeth can be contacted through the D2N2 LEP on  01159 578 250 or info@D2N2lep.org .

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Angus Knowles-Cutler

Co-Deputy Chair and Business Member, Local Enterprise Partnership for London.

Angus Knowles-Cutler Co-Deputy Chair and Business Member, Local Enterprise Partnership for London.

Angus is London Senior Advisor at Deloitte, having previously served as their London office Managing Partner for six years. London is Deloitte’s largest client serving office in the world, with 12,000 colleagues in the city.

Angus has a particular interest in building the skills that Londoners need for the future and researches the future of work in the digital age as visiting professor of the Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE) at the University of Surrey.

He is a Member of the Mayor’s Skills for Londoners Board, Chair of the Outcomes for Londoners Working Group and an advisory Board Member to the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He has previously served as a Commissioner of the London Skills Commission.

Click to view Andrew's Register of Interests.

Angus can be contacted through LEAP on 020 7983 4628 or leap@london.gov.uk.

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Dr Diane Savory OBE DL

Chair GFirst LEP, Chair Western Gateway Regional Group of LEPs.

Dr Diane Savory OBE DL Chair GFirst LEP, Chair Western Gateway Regional Group of LEPs.

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 to view Diane's Register of Interests

Diane can be contacted through gfirst LEP on  01242 715 480 or at info@gfirstlep.com

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Jim Stewart

Chair Dorset LEP, Chair Great South West Regional Group of LEPs.

Jim Stewart Chair Dorset LEP, Chair Great South West Regional Group of LEPs.

Jim Stewart was appointed Chief Executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners in 2002 and has been a board member of the British Ports Association (BPA) Council since then.

Jim has managed shipping companies in the UK and overseas since 1988 after commencing his career as a shipbroker on the Baltic Exchange in the City of London.

In the past six years, he has served as Chair of BPA, Chair of Maritime UK (representing UK ports and the UK maritime services sector), Chair of UK Port Skills, and Safety and Chair of Access to UK Ports committee. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

Jim gained an MBA at the Cass Business School in London and has served as President and council member of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He has also held a number of non-executive positions, including the Director of Poole Lighthouse Arts Centre for five years.

Jim is the nominated Chair of the Great South West Regional Group of LEPs:  Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly; Dorset; Heart of the South West. 

Click to view Jim's Register of Interests.

Jim can be contacted through the Dorset LEP on 01202 962 719 or dorsetlep@bournemouth.ac.uk.

 

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Christian Brodie

Chair South East LEP, Chair Southern Regional Group of LEPs.

Christian Brodie Chair South East LEP, Chair Southern Regional Group of LEPs.

Christian Brodie was appointed Chair of the South East LEP following the March 2016 Strategic Board Meeting. He has high-level experience in business, international finance, higher education and working closely with Government departments.

His previous Chair roles include the Student Loans Company, Public Chairs Forum, Pentathlon GB, the Council of the University of Sussex, the Regulatory Partnership Group for Higher Education and the Council of UCAS. As well as holding directorships in a number of private companies, he is a member of the Greater Anglia Stakeholders Advisory Group. He also serves on the Grants Committee of the Wates Foundation, his family charity supporting projects principally in London and the South East.

After reading law at Oxford University, Christian took on legal roles in corporate finance in the City of London and on Wall Street. He subsequently joined the financial services industry where his career progressed to Vice Chairman of UBS Investment Bank, reporting to the Chief Executive. As Chairman of SELEP, Christian receives an allowance of up to £20,000 per annum plus expenses. 

Chris Brodie is the nominated Chair for the Southern Regional Group of LEPs:  Coast to Capital; Enterprise M3; Hertfordshire; Solent; South East; Thames Valley Berkshire.  

Click to view Christian's Register of Interests.

Christian can be contacted through the South East LEP on 03330 322 946  or hello@southeastlep.com

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Jeremy Long

Chair Oxfordshire LEP, Chair Ox-Cam Arc Regional Group of LEPs.

Jeremy Long Chair Oxfordshire LEP, Chair Ox-Cam Arc Regional Group of LEPs.

Jeremy Long has a broad-ranging career leading and developing a wide-range of businesses in customer services, IT, marketing, leisure, travel and hospitality.

He is currently CEO for Europe of the Hong-Kong headquartered international railway and property group MTR Corporation.

Jeremy is an experienced chair having worked extensively with both Westminster and local authorities. He has championed skills and employment initiatives, as a former Member of the Mayor of London Skills and Employment Board, former Director of London Development Agency and Chair of their Business and Skills Committee.

The development of business and the skills to support growth is at the heart of Jeremy’s motivation for joining OxLEP.

Jeremy is the nominated Chair for the Oxford-Cambridgeshire Arc Regional Group of LEPs: Buckinghamshire; Cambridgeshire and Peterborough; New Anglia; Oxfordshire; South East Midlands. 

Click to view Jeremy's Register of Interests.

Jeremy can be contacted through the Oxfordshire LEP (OxLEP) on 0345 241 1196 or info@​oxfordshirelep.com

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Tim Pile

Chair Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP, Chair of West Midlands Regional Group of LEPs.

Tim Pile Chair Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP, Chair of West Midlands Regional Group of LEPs.

Tim is Chair of Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, holds a number of non-executive responsibilities, following on from his executive career in retail, banking, professional services and marketing.

In addition to his role as Chair of GBSLEP, Tim is a Non-Executive Director of Marshalls Plc and Deputy Chairman of The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. He also serves on the Board (and is a past president) of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and is on the CBSO development Board.

His most recent executive role was CEO and Executive Chairman of Cogent Elliott, the leading Midlands based Marketing Agency, supporting a large number of iconic brands and businesses.

Between 2001 and 2006, Tim was CEO of Sainsbury’s Bank and a member of Sainsbury’s Operating Board.

Prior to Sainsbury’s, Tim led the Retail Function of the Alliance and Leicester Group as Marketing, Strategy and Sales Director from 1996 to 2001. Before this he served at LloydsTSB as Marketing Director.

He has held a number of non-executive roles including being a trustee of the Library of Birmingham, a governor at Bromsgrove School, Honorary Senior Fellow at Birmingham Business School and on the Board of Cancer Research UK.

Tim is the nominated Chair for the West Midlands Regional Group of LEPs: Black Country; Coventry and Warwickshire; Greater Birmingham and Solihull;  Stoke and Staffordshire; The Marches; Worcestershire.

Click to view Tim's Register of Interests.

Tim can be contacted through the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP on  0121 758 5690.

 

LEP Network Contacts

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Mark Livesey

Chief Executive, Mark@lepnetwork.net

Mark Livesey Chief Executive, Mark@lepnetwork.net

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. 

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Jennifer Gunn

Policy Manager, Jennifer@lepnetwork.net

Jennifer Gunn Policy Manager, Jennifer@lepnetwork.net

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@lepnetwork.net

Mike Dennehy Communications Manager, Mike@lepnetwork.net

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@lepnetwork.net

Jayne Atkinson Administration Executive, Jayne@lepnetwork.net

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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