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Posted on:
27th February, 2019

Interview with Julie Kapsalis, board member, Coast to Capital LEP

Julie is diversity champion at Coast to Capital LEP and here she talks about her role at the LEP and what inspired her to join the LEP board.

Interview with Julie Kapsalis, board member, Coast to Capital LEP

Julie has been a Board Member at Coast to Capital LEP since 2013 and has a portfolio of Board roles including the Institute of Economic Development, Gatwick Diamond Business and is Chair of Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Read on to find out what inspired her to become a LEP board member.  Julie has worked in leadership roles across the public and private sector and is currently Managing Director at Chichester College Group – the largest training provider in Sussex which supports over 25,000 learners each year.

1)  Why did you get involved in Coast to Capital?

I spent many years working in economic development and particularly enjoy facilitating opportunities that bring together the public and private sector to enable regeneration and business growth. I had previously worked as a Director at a Regional Development Agency and was keen to support the Local Enterprise Partnership as it took over the strategic leadership for a number of areas I had previously worked on. I also knew a number of the Board Members and was impressed by the calibre and impact that they were having – so I applied and was delighted to be appointed.

2)  What have you enjoyed most during your time as a Board member?

I particularly enjoy chairing the Business Grants panel. We have invested in some amazing companies in the region – like Ridgeview and The Base. It gives me huge satisfaction to see how these grants make a difference in supporting local businesses to grow and create jobs for the local economy. I always smile when I go to my local brewery as their growth has been enabled by the LEP – that feels great – and their beer tastes great too. I am also very proud of our new Strategic Economic Plan (Gatwick 360) – I think this sets out the challenges and opportunities for our region over the next ten years and I am excited about our role in being a catalyst for growth.

3)  Why is diversity so important to deliver Coast to Capital’s vision?

Our region is diverse – so I believe that Coast to Capital must reflect and celebrate this diversity – from the make-up of our Board and staff to our values and the way we engage with businesses and stakeholders. Diversity fosters growth and innovation and is integral to the delivery of our strategy.




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