Board of Directors

The Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership board comprises five local business leaders, one of whom is Chair, and five senior elected members from each of the Buckinghamshire local authorities. The board provides clear direction and defines priorities for economic development interventions in Buckinghamshire.

The members of the Buckinghamshire LEP Board are:

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Andrew M. Smith – Chairman

Director of Corporate Affairs, Pinewood Group Ltd

As Director of Corporate Affairs, Andrew has been instrumental in the development of the Pinewood site and development of the international reputation of the studio and in particular in developing strong investment links.

A Board member of Buckinghamshire LEP since 2012, Andrew has been instrumental in guiding and supporting the growth of the LEP and his knowledge of the film and creative arts sector has been invaluable in the development of this growth area for Buckinghamshire. Andrew, who lives in Stoke Poges, is also a Non-Executive Director of Buckinghamshire Business First.

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Adrian Brown - Vice Chairman

Managing Director, Berkeley Strategic

As the Managing Director at Berkeley Strategic, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Berkeley Group Plc, Adrian Brown is responsible for the long-term land business of the Group. Adrian has successfully promoted numerous large-scale development schemes for the Group over the past 21 years and brings a wealth of highly relevant expertise and experience to add real value to the Buckinghamshire LEP Board. In addition, Adrian was a board member of the Aylesbury Vale Advantage and latterly Chair of the Buckinghamshire Advantage Board.

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Martin Tett

Leader, Buckinghamshire Council

Martin is Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council. His responsibilities include overall policy direction and strategy, communications, external relations with Government and representative bodies.

He leads on the counties economic development. Before joining the County Council Martin worked in business for twenty eight years. He is a Governor of a school in one of Buckinghamshire’s most deprived areas.

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Eman Martin-Vignerte (Diversity Champion)

Head of External Affairs, Governmental and Political Relations at Bosch

Eman Martin-Vignerte was born in Qatar and studied Electrical Engineering at the Paderborn University, Germany, and Medical Equipment Engineering at the University in Ulm, Germany.

She joined Bosch in 1999 as a software engineer to work on common rail diesel engines, where she developed software and hardware for the Electronic Diesel Controls (EDC). In 2004, she moved to the automotive division responsible for Hyundai customers, to become a team leader for change management activities. Three years later she took on responsibility for business development for Healthcare Telemedicine in the UK. As of 2013, she is the Head of External Affairs, Governmental and Political Relations at Bosch.

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Richard Harrington

Ex officio private sector Board Member

Richard has lead responsibility for the business led Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership, including the development and implementation of a Bucks plan to align public and private sector investment and secure and invest European and UK Government funding to build the conditions for sustainable economic growth across Buckinghamshire and by collaborating with neighboring areas.

A Chartered Town Planner and Chartered Surveyor specialising in public private delivery, prior to the LEP Richard led a successful public private local delivery vehicle that translated planned employment, infrastructure and housing growth from the Sustainable Communities Plan into tangible outcomes on the ground.

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Gareth Williams

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning & Regeneration, Buckinghamshire Council

After a 20 year career in the City where Gareth was Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and Nomura, he became a Councillor in 2017.  Gareth is now Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration for Buckinghamshire Council.

Prior to that, as Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health upon formation of the Unitary Council, Gareth helped to lead a lot of the partnership work between the Council, Health and the VCSE sector in its response to the challenges of Covid.

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Philippa Batting

Managing Director of Buckinghamshire Business First

Philippa Batting is currently Managing Director of the largest business representative organisation in Buckinghamshire with more than 11,000 businesses now in its membership. Philippa brings a wealth of entrepreneurial and results-driven experience in addition to an extensive network of business connections to the Buckinghamshire LEP Board.

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Hiren Gandhi

Partner, Blaser Mills Law
SME Champion

Hiren Gandhi is currently a Partner at Blaser Mills Law, a Legal 500 and Chambers UK top ranked law firm primarily based in Buckinghamshire, where he oversees the business development and marketing functions for the firm, playing a key role in the strategic growth of the firm and across all of its teams.  Prior to joining Blaser Mills, Hiren worked for several other law firms, advising multi-national corporates such as Shell, Nissan, and Jaguar-Land Rover. Hiren is also currently Vice-Chairman and Non-Executive Director on the board of Buckinghamshire Business First.

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Lucy Edge

Chief Operation Officer, Satellite Applications Catapult

As Chief Operating Officer of the Satellite Applications Catapult Lucy is responsible for supporting enterprises across the UK in understanding and exploiting the potential of space and satellites to create opportunities and transform businesses.

With a background in Physics and Engineering, Lucy’s career to date has involved the launch for satellites that provide communications for much of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and building a satellite operations centre in West Cornwall that operated a fleet of communications satellites.

She is an ardent believer in the Catapult vision “To innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites”. Many see the growing space industry as a potential source of economic growth; Lucy also sees it as a way of improving the future for everyone, and of building connections between people and communities that will transform the way we relate to each other.

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Clare Pelham

Chief Executive, Epilepsy Society

Prior to her position as Chief Executive of the Epilepsy Society in November 2016, Clare was Chief Executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability for five years. Before joining the charity which supports disabled people in the UK and around the world, she was the first Chief Executive of the Judicial Appointments Commission and held senior civil service positions at the Cabinet Office, Home Office and Department for Constitutional Affairs.

She has also worked in the private sector at IBM and was a member of the executive committee of Coca Cola GB and Ireland where, as Director of Active Lifestyles, she was responsible for the company’s partnerships with the voluntary sector.

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Steven Broadbent

Cabinet Member for Transport, Buckinghamshire Council

Steven has a strong international business background in Hospitality, Software Development, Research, Consultancy and Property development, having worked for large FTSE 100 companies, SME’s and as an entrepreneur in his own business. As a Director he assumed primary responsibility for strategic planning and commercial growth.

Steven is a Wycombe District councillor representing the Greater Hughenden ward and through his executive cabinet role plays a key part in the economic development, asset management and regeneration of the Wycombe district; not least the substantial capital investment programme in the area.

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Martina Porter

Director, All Spring Media

Martina has nearly 20 years’ experience of the independent film sector. She has also considerable experience of developing and delivering training programmes for entrants to the creative industries, right through to professionals wishing to update their skills.

In 2011 Martina set up All Spring Media as a media education consultancy. Prior to that Martina managed the Film and Digital Media Exchange, a £2.5 million project based at the University of Hertfordshire designed to build a bridge between education and the film and digital media industries.

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James Tooley

Vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham

Professor James Tooley, PhD, is Vice-Chancellor at the University of Buckingham, where he is also professor of educational entrepreneurship. Before this, for two decades he was professor of education policy at Newcastle University, where he was a leader in the School of Education. During those two decades, he also created chains of low-cost private schools in developing countries, and an embryonic chain in the north east of England. He was previously an academic at the Universities of Oxford and Manchester and a researcher at the National Foundation for Educational Research.

His groundbreaking research on low-cost private education has won numerous awards; including gold prize in the first International Finance Corporation/Financial Times Private Sector Development Competition, a Templeton Prize for Free Market Solutions to Poverty, and the National Free Enterprise Award from the Institute of Economic Affairs, London.