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West of England LEP

West of England LEP 2021-07-12T14:35:59+01:00

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.


Key documents

LEP Board Terms of Reference

Richard Bonner

Richard Bonner – LEP Chair

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

He is also the Chair 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 15 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 Richard Bonner  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…

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…

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 works as creative producer, manager and consultant. Dick has extensive CEO experience including Bristol’s Watershed 1998-2018. Read more…

Sue Rigby

Professor Sue Rigby is the Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University. Sue commenced her role as Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University in January 2018.  Previously she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Development at the University of Lincoln where she was responsible for the student journey from application to alumni activities, and had oversight of the Colleges of Science and Arts. 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 Richard Samuel

Richard Samuel has represented Walcot ward on Bath and North East Somerset Council since April 2017. In May 2019 he became Cabinet Member for Resources and Deputy Leader of the Council. Richard is carrying out the council leader’s duties the interim until a new leader is elected at Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Annual Meeting in May. Read more…

Cllr Kevin Guy

Kevin Guy became the Bath & North East Somerset Council Council Leader in May 2021. He’s the Liberal Democrat Group Leader and currently works as a director of Newleaf Farm Ltd based in Bathampton.

Kevin spent seven years serving in the Royal Navy, taking part in multiple front line operations and also served as a member of NATO Naval Intelligence. After his military career he served as a local borough and parish councillor in his home town in Shropshire, while also lecturing at Stourbridge College.

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. Read more…

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…

Metro Mayor Dan Norris

Dan Norris

Dan Norris is the Metro Mayor for the West of England.

Dan was elected in May 2021. He previously worked across the area as an NSPCC trained child protection officer and local MP as well as running his own businesses.