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:

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.

Martin Tett

Leader, Buckinghamshire County 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.

Michael Garvey - Vice Chairman

Managing Director, Chandler Garvey (Buckinghamshire Business First Chair)

Michael is a Chartered Surveyor by profession and Managing Director of Chandler Garvey, one of the leading firms of commercial property consultants in the greater Thames Valley region with a network of five offices in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

Born and bred in Bucks, Michael has a passion for getting involved in organisations that promote economic prosperity in the county and as well as being the Vice Chairman of the LEP he is also the Chairman of Buckinghamshire Business First, a business-led, business-focused community for new, established and growing businesses across the county with 12,000 members.

Isobel Darby

Leader, Chiltern District Council

A District Councillor since 2007 and Cabinet member for Health & Housing for the last four years, Isobel was appointed Leader of Chiltern District Council in May 2014. She is a district representative on the Buckinghamshire Health and Wellbeing Board.

Isobel runs her own accountancy practice in Chalfont St Peter where she has lived all her life. She has been a Parish Councillor for 29 years, currently chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the Amenities & Planning Committee. She serves on the executive committee of the Bucks and Milton Keynes Association of Local Councils.

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.

Prof Rebecca Bunting

Education Consultant

Prior to becoming a full-time Education Consultant last year, Professor Rebecca Bunting was Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of Buckinghamshire New University. She graduated from Girton College, University of Cambridge and took postgraduate qualifications at London University. She began her career teaching in London schools, moving into higher education as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton. She later became Dean of Education at Anglia Ruskin University and Pro-Rector at the University of Northampton. From there she moved to the University of Portsmouth in 2004 as Pro Vice Chancellor and from 2007 as Deputy Vice Chancellor.

In addition to the board of Buckinghamshire LEP, Professor Bunting also sits on the boards of The Higher Education Academy, where she chairs the Audit committee, and Imperial Health Partners and is a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Teaching Quality and Student Opportunity Committee.

Steve Bowles

Deputy Leader, Aylesbury Vale District Council

Steve is a partner in a Chartered Architectural practice based in Wendover and has been with the practice for over 20 years, having previously worked for Costain Homes and Lloyds Bank in their Architects Department.

Steve has lived in Buckinghamshire all his live having been born in Amersham and growing up in Marlow. He firmly believes in playing an active role in the communities in which he lives and as such he has been an Aylesbury Vale District Councillor representing Wendover and Halton since 2011 and is currently Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development.

John Read

Deputy Leader, Planning & Economic Development, South Bucks District Council

Biography to follow

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.

Alistair Lomax

Director of Arc Universities Group

Alistair brings an extensive skills set to Buckinghamshire LEP in the fields of education, small business development and creative skills.

Hiren Gandhi

Partner, Blaser Mills Law

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.

Adrian Brown

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.

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.

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.

Richard Harrington

Chief Executive Officer, Buckinghamshire LEP, Ex-officio 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.

Steven Broadbent

Cabinet member for Economic Development & Regeneration, Wycombe District 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.