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West of England LEP

West of England LEP 2019-11-21T10:57:59+00:00

The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP’s) role is to secure the region’s continued economic success by promoting an environment where businesses thrive and healthy and productive communities grow in a sustainable way.

We  work with Government to promote and champion the economic success of the region and support the attraction of new inward investment.

We shape regional policy to ensure residents have the right skills and can benefit from the region’s success and we support business growth by working to attract new jobs to Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare  and the surrounding areas.

The West of England offers excellent quality of life and has a growing national and international profile. It’s a great place to live and work and, as a partnership between business and local authorities, we are making it a better one.

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LEP Board Terms of Reference

Professor Steve West (Chair)

Professor Steve West took up the post of Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England Bristol in 2008.

He is the  Chair and High Education representative for the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership. Read more…

Dr Patricia Greer (Chief Executive)

Dr Patricia Greer is the Chief Executive of the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership.

Patricia led the region’s devolution programme from March 2015, through to the establishment of the Combined Authority in
2017. Read more…

The LEP Board

The LEP Board is a business-led partnership between businesses, universities and the region’s councils and combined authority. The 13 business members are senior leaders with knowledge and expertise in a range of industry sectors to help influence and advise both within the region and beyond. Board members Neil Douglas and James Durie are specifically responsible for representing and engaging with the SME business community.

Katharine Finn (Vice Chair)

Katharine is a Senior Partner at PWC. She relocated from the London listed company practice to the Wales and West practice in 2010, having previously been based in Bristol in the 1990s. Read more…

Richard Bonner

Richard is the UK Operations Director and City Executive Bristol at Arcadis. Read more…

Professor Hugh Brady

Hugh became Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol in September 2015. Read more…

David Brown OBE

David joined The Bristol Port Company in October 2008 as the Operations Director and was appointed as its Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Read more…

Martino Burgess

Since 1999, Marti has practised as a lawyer advising SMEs on corporate and commercial law. Read more…

Heather Cooper

Heather is a Director at Hargreaves Lansdown where she is responsible for leading the people, culture and Corporate Social Responsibility strategies.  Read more…

Margot Day

Margot is the Global Director for Risk and Commercial Law for Buro Happold Limited an international multi-disciplinary engineering and consulting practice situated in over 21 locations globally.  Read more…

Neil Douglas

Neil has lived and worked in North Somerset for most of his life. Read more…

Christopher Grier

Christopher Grier was appointed Head of Filton Plant for Airbus in May 2016, with primary responsibilities of the A400M Wing assembly and equipping. Read more…

Zoe Metcalfe

Zoe is a Director at Ove Arup & Partners, a strategic cities advisor, expert in urban resilience and the realisation of complex projects. Read more…

Dick Penny

Dick is Chief Executive of Watershed, Bristol’s international film culture and digital creativity centre. Read more…

Jon Reynolds

Jon is the Chief Executive of GDS Digital based in Queen Square Bristol, which is part of a wider organisation called GDS Group. Read more…

Joanne Rumley

Joanne is a partner at Foot Anstey LLP specialising in advising both businesses and stakeholders affected by financial distress. Read more…

Mohammed Saddiq

Mohammed is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Read more…

Natasha Swinscoe

Natasha joined the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) as Chief Operating Officer in 2015 and became Chief Executive Officer in 2018. Read more…

Cllr Dine Romero

Dine Romero has lived in Bath for 25 years. In May 2003 she was elected as the Bath and North East Somerset Councillor for Southdown and became Leader of the Council in May 2019.

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Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

Born and brought up in Bristol, living in St Paul’s, Lawrence Weston and Easton, Marvin graduated from Swansea and Eastern University (USA). Read more…

Cllr Donald Davies

Don Davies has been Independent Councillor for Pill Ward on North Somerset Council since 2011. Having been Leader of the Opposition for three years, he became Leader of the Council in May 2019.

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Cllr Toby Savage

Toby was born and brought up in South Gloucestershire. In May 2015 he was elected as the South Gloucestershire Councillor for Longwell Green and became Leader of the Council in May 2018. Read more…

Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor

On May 4 2017, Tim was elected as the first West of England Regional Mayor for the newly formed Combined Authority. Read more…