The LEP Network

The LEP Network is a gateway to news and information that enables LEPs to come together on areas of shared importance, engage with government, facilitate dialogue with economic development stakeholders, and share knowledge and best practice.

The LEP Network is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, governed by three volunteer LEP Chairs: Christine Gaskell, Roger Marsh and Graham Wynn who are the registered Directors of the LEP Network (Ltd). They are responsible for the finances and operational actions of the LEP Network on a day to day basis, signing off annual audited accounts; confirming procurement procedures; and agreeing the objectives and performance of the LEP Network Director (Warren Ralls) who, in turn, is responsible for the LEP Network team. To view our Terms of Reference, Operations Plan, and Audited Accounts, please click here.

In addition, a LEP Network Steering Group meets throughout the year and sets the overall policy direction and strategy for LEPs. The group is open to all 38 LEP Chairs, including those from Mayoral Combined Authority areas, with the aim of representing a geographic cross-section of LEPs. For agendas and minutes of these meetings, please click here.

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Christine Gaskell MBE DL +
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Christine Gaskell MBE DL

Chair, Cheshire & Warrington LEP and Vice Chair of the Northern Powerhouse 11 (NP11)

Christine Gaskell MBE DL Chair, Cheshire & Warrington LEP and Vice Chair of the Northern Powerhouse 11 (NP11)

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

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 LEP and Chair of the Northern Powerhouse 11 (NP11)

Roger Marsh OBE Chair, Leeds City Region LEP and Chair of the Northern Powerhouse 11 (NP11)

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.

LEP Network Contacts

Warren Ralls +
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Warren Ralls

Director, Warren@lepnetwork.net

Warren Ralls Director, Warren@lepnetwork.net

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@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.  

Jennifer Gunn +
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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.

Jayne Atkinson +
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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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