• The Board

The GFirst LEP Board members and senior officials keep us focused on our goals and ensure that we fund the right projects. The LEP Board and staff are committed to adhere to the Nolan Principles.

Ruth Dooley

Ruth Dooley

Chair

Ruth Dooley is a partner at Hazlewoods LLP.  She is a chartered accountant and tax adviser for a wide range of companies and private clients and is a previous winner of South West Accountant of the Year.  She has been instructed as an expert witness in over 100 cases and has experience in family, professional negligence and commercial cases.

During her thirty years in Gloucestershire, she has contributed to the Prince’s Trust, Fredericks Gloucestershire, BBC Radio Gloucestershire, the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire and she is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Gloucestershire.

David Owen

David Owen

Chief Executive

David is Chief Executive of GFirst LEP, one of the most successful Local Enterprise Partnerships in the UK. He is also Chair of The Summerfield Charitable Trust and a member of the Government’s Future Flight Advisory Board.

He is a previous member of the International Advisory Committee of the International Economic Development Council, former President of the Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce and former Chairman of the South West UK Business Advisory Group. He has a BA (Hons) in business studies and an MA in leading change. Follow David on Twitter: @CEOGFirst.

Dev Chakraborty

Dev Chakraborty

Deputy Chief Executive

Dev has over 25 years of experience in marketing, sales and media roles in the South West, including 10 years of senior management and board level experience. Companies included; Northcliffe Newspapers, Pirate FM in Cornwall, Star FM in Bristol and the Crimestoppers Charity.

Since 2009 the focus changed to Business Support spending time at Business West, then joining the Growth Hub in Gloucestershire as one of the original Business Guides.

Dev’s current role of Deputy Chief Executive at GFirst LEP oversees the Inward Investment team, all infrastructure projects and the Marketing/Branding of the LEP.

Tyler Attwood

Tyler Attwood

Board Member

Tyler is a graduate of Swindon Dance: Centre for Advanced Training (CAT), he has evolved as a dancer, expanding his understanding of street dance and venturing into classical dance, in styles such as ballet and contemporary. Tyler went on to study at Northern School for Contemporary Dance, where he graduated from in 2017 with a BPA (Hons) in contemporary dance.

Tyler’s training has led him to venture into the world of teaching, as he values the passing on of the knowledge in which he has gained to the future generations invaluable.

Tyler established Your Next Move in 2015 – a community interest company whose primary aim is to help raise aspirations of young people through Hip Hop related activity.

Nicola Bird

Nicola Bird

Board Member

Nicola is the founder and Managing Director of AccXel, the UK’s first industry-led education facility, co-funded by GFirst LEP. She is also the Safety & Business Development Director, and third generation of an £80m family construction business in Gloucestershire, K W Bell Group.

Raised in the Forest of Dean, Nicola has a Master’s degree in Construction Safety & Environmental Management from the University of South Wales, and a post graduate certificate in Leading Business from the University of Gloucestershire.

With a passion for education and skills, Nicola is changing the face of construction education to support the chronic shortage by developing and empowering people already in and entering the industry.

Matt Charman

Matt Charman

Board member

Over the past 20+ years, Matt has successfully built a career in Marketing across a range of different businesses and industries. He has worked in start-ups, a publicly funded consultancy and since 2010 has been part of the team that built the Cloud business unit within Google. His experience in fast paced tech businesses has given Matt a deep understanding of internet technologies and the opportunities these provide to businesses of all sizes to re-invent and create new opportunities for growth.

Matt has lived in Gloucestershire all his life, is passionate about the community, and how fair and equitable access to new technologies can meet the needs of this diverse region.

Doina Cornell

Doina Cornell

Board Member

Councillor Doina Cornell is the Leader of Stroud District Council. Doina Cornell has served the people of Dursley as a Labour and Cooperative District Councillor since 2012. She was elected as leader of Stroud District Council in January 2018.Doina had an unusual childhood, sailing round the world on a small yacht for seven years, and in 2012 she published a memoir about this, Child of the Sea. Most of her working life has been with the family business Cornell Sailing, organising sailing events and publishing reference books. She moved to Gloucestershire with her young family in 2000 where she became increasingly involved with community work, which led to her standing for election for the district council.

 

Jim Grant

Jim Grant

Board Member and Employment & Skills Champion

Jim is the Principal of Cirencester 6th Form College.  

With 36 years in education as a teacher, tutor and manager in London and Gloucestershire, Jim has taught (well over 16000 lessons!) and managed in schools, FE and a 6th form College for 11-18 year olds and adults.  He has also had 30 years’ experience as an A Level and GCSE examiner, moderator, principal and chief examiner.

Jim is also a text book author.

 

Emma Hanby

Emma Hanby

Board Member

Emma Hanby is Associate Director of Consulting Technology at Campden BRI whose head office is in Chipping Campden; they are a food and drink consultancy that provides the food and drink industry worldwide with the practical scientific, technical and advisory services needed to ensure product safety and quality, process efficiency and product and process innovation.

Emma has worked for Campden BRI for over 17 years in the area of process and product development. She now leads the team responsible for process and product innovation, Food safety and Global Regulatory Affairs. In addition to the technical experience, Emma is a qualified leadership coach, focusing on the development of future talent at Campden BRI.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne

Cllr Mark Hawthorne

Board Member

Mark is the Leader of Gloucestershire County Council. Upon taking over as leader, Mark became the driving force behind the council’s Meeting the Challenge project – a fundamental redesign of how the council operates, with a view to saving £114 million over four years. Two years on, the programme is on target with £65 million already saved.

Looking to the future, Mark’s focus is continuing the economic stimulus programme and supporting Gloucestershire’s businesses, while keeping council tax as low as possible. A key task for the year ahead is to deliver a new highways contract that will improve how Gloucestershire’s roads are maintained, along with transforming social care and increasing the ability for communities to decide on and deliver more of the services that are important to them.

Russell Marchant

Russell Marchant

Board Member

Russell Marchant, BSc (Hons), MBA, Cert.Ed.  Principal and CEO of Hartpury College since September 2012.  Previously Principal and CEO of Barony College, Dumfriesshire since August 2001.  An agriculturalist with a keen interest in all rural businesses.  Experienced in co-operative marketing at both operational and board level.  A keen member of the LEP Agri-Food & Rural Business Sector Group and newly appointed to the LEP Employment & Skills Board.  Excited about the potential that is all around us in Gloucestershire.  Passionate about all things land based and all sports, Hartpury is the right place for Russell!

Ian Mean

Ian Mean

Board Member and Small Business Champion

Ian Mean is Director for Business West in Gloucestershire. He is also a media and marketing consultant following retirement as editor of the Western Daily Press and was previously editor in chief of Gloucestershire Media. He is chairman of the NHS Hospitals Trust organ donation committee. His specific role will include being the Small Business Champion for the LEP. 

Ian is well placed and well versed in the business needs of Gloucestershire, having him as the Small Business Champion will ensure that all business voices are heard. 

Deborah Potts

Deborah Potts

Board Member

With over 25 years professional experience of supporting Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) organisations to grow, Deborah has an all-encompassing knowledge of the sector that is rooted in a genuine passion for its power to change lives.  Deborah is currently CEO of The Music Works and has recently led the development of a new £1.8 million music hub for young people in Gloucestershire. Her skills lie in maximising social impact through strategic development and income generation. As previous CEO of Women in Sport and interim Director of Operations for the English Federation of Disability Sport, she also has a strong track record in championing equality of opportunity for marginalised groups.

 

Jenny Raymond

Jenny Raymond

Board Member and Growth Hub Champion

Jenny is a partner with Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ dispute resolution department in Cheltenham. She specialises in a wide range of commercial disputes including financial services, banking and insurance disputes, as well as disputes relating to the misuse of confidential information and breaches of post termination restrictions.  She trained and qualified in London and has a broad range of experience, representing a range of clients from multinational companies to local individuals.

She has lived in Gloucestershire for 8 years, having grown up in a local community in Pembrokeshire. Jenny feels entirely at home in the county, and loves the sense of community as well as the huge opportunities that the county has to offer. 

Neill Ricketts

Neill Ricketts

Board Member

Neill is Chief Executive Officer of Versarien Graphene Ltd, a high technology company in Cinderford that specialises in the application of a patented manufacturing process for developing and supplying advanced engineering solutions to leading multinational firms.

With over 20 years of senior level experience in manufacturing and engineering companies, Neill has demonstrated success in introducing and commercialising new technology. As an active GL Ambassador, a member of the Advanced Engineering Sector Group, Chairman of the Forest Economic Partnership and also Non Exec Chairman of Gas Sensing Solutions Ltd, Neill is passionate about sharing his expertise to enthuse and inspire others.

Joe Roberts

Joe Roberts

Board Member

Joe has been a Director at Roberts Limbrick for over 12 years, helping to lead and manage the practice as well as designing numerous award-winning Architectural projects both in Gloucestershire and nationally. Roberts Limbrick has developed both a local and national reputation within the Architecture and Construction industry. The practice has grown through some very challenging times into a practice that employs over 100 professionals and works across a wide range of sectors from Sport and Leisure to Commercial, Education, Residential and Health.

Joe was born, educated and spent most of his working life in Gloucestershire and considers himself a proud, passionate, Gloucestrian. Outside of his role as a Director at Roberts Limbrick, he is also a member of Gloucester Severn Rotary Club, sits on the board of the Gloucestershire Design Review Panel and the Cheltenham Economic Recovery Taskforce.

Richard Cook

Richard Cook

Board Observer

Richard is the Leader of Gloucester City Council and Cabinet Member for Environment.

GFirst LEP Team

The GFirst LEP team are working hard to keep everything ticking over – managing projects, helping promote funding calls, and facilitating opportunities.

 

You can view the latest board meeting minutes and various supporting documents by clicking on the Board Minutes Archive below. 

Please note, if individual papers are not published on the website it is because they have been marked ‘Commercial in confidence’.

GFirst LEP will host its next AGM at 9am on Friday 29th January, 2021. Due to Covid-19, the meeting will be virtual and so you will need to reserve a place to receive a Zoom invite. To reserve a place please email info@gfirstlep.com

 

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