So much economic policy is too slow to come to fruition and not based enough on what businesses actually need to help them win in competitive markets.
Business is at the heart of all that we do. The LEP secretariat is led by a volunteer business-only Board that has received hard cash and in kind support of key Bucks entrepreneurial patrons.
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.
As Leisure, Culture and Tourism Manager at Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) he was integral to the development of the Swan Pool and Aqua Vale Leisure Centres, he helped establish a rural arts programme that still thrives today and he delivered the first commercial visitor guides and website covering Bucks. By developing a ground-breaking cultural strategy he was able to help AVDC secure millions of pounds of developer contributions for the community infrastructure required to support growth.
This experience led Ian to take on the challenge of managing Buckinghamshire’s preparations for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a challenge he relished. Ian helped make Dorney Lake the most popular of all of the Games venues and Stoke Mandeville the most successful of all international training camp destinations, and helped Buckinghamshire businesses secure over £70 million in Games related contracts.
Since the Games he has helped secure a permanent Olympic legacy for Buckinghamshire. Stoke Mandeville’s position as the Birthplace of the Paralympic Movement will now be celebrated every two years as the only permanent location in the lighting of the Paralympic Flame.
Not surprisingly, with a career that has been heavily influenced by sport, Ian finds it difficult to pass a bat, racquet or club without picking it up and is a regular fixture at the weekly parkrun in his hometown of Buckingham.
With over 20 years experience in reputation management, both internally and externally, as well as responsibilities for wider marketing activities, Richard translates the aims of Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership into communications which deliver real results.
Richard, who is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), has a history balanced between the public and private sectors, with experience working with organisations large and small. This list includes Buckinghamshire County Council, BT, the National Blood Authority, the National House-Building Council and most recently Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.
Anthony is a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years’ experience in commercial and residential development and regeneration projects. As Director of Aylesbury Vale Enterprise Zone (AVEZ) he is responsible for working with stakeholders to promote and deliver development across the three Enterprise Zone sites at Silverstone, Westcott and Arla/ Woodlands.
Anthony read for a BSC (Hons) in Urban Land Economics at Sheffield Hallam University and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1989. Until 2004 he worked in London in development consultancy, for the City of London Corporation, English Partnerships and the London Development Agency. From 2004 Anthony worked for the Homes and Communities Agency, mainly on major projects in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes, before becoming AVEZ Director in May 2017.
Fiorella is a Chartered Accountant with an MBA, having over 20 years of combined accounting, audit, finance and business management experience in the public and private sectors. She currently manages all aspects of the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership finances as the Finance Lead for its Accountable Body, Buckinghamshire County Council.
Fiorella read for a Business Science (Finance Honours) degree at the University of Cape Town. After graduation she joined Pricewaterhouse Coopers where she completed her articles and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. She went on to broaden her business management and finance experience working in the private sector mainly for two FMCG companies (one of which was listed; both multi-national) and an international ten year closed-end Commonwealth private equity fund and its management company. Fiorella has also been involved in start-up SME operations in finance outsourced services and agriculture.
Fiorella is passionate about business innovation and performance success as well as community and public service.
Richard is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant and S151 Officer for Buckinghamshire County Council, the Accountable Body for the Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership. As the Chief Financial Officer for the County Council and Buckinghamshire LEP, he is responsible for finance, internal audit & risk management, pensions, exchequer functions and procurement.
Richard read Mathematics and Operational Research at the University of Lancaster and has worked across a number of local authorities. He earned his CIPFA qualification in 1997 and joined Buckinghamshire County Council in 2010. Richard supports Buckinghamshire LEP’s governance and assurance framework.
With a background that includes a decade working in various roles within the charity sector, Jack has relished opportunities to coordinate the aims of several organisations into direct conversations with the Cabinet Office and central government.
Most recently, Jack’s move into the public sector has allowed him to qualify as a Project and Programme Manager, building experience in digital delivery as well as business improvement. Passionate about digital connectivity and its importance for business growth as well as for residents personally, Jack is responsible for the overall rollout of fixed broadband within Buckinghamshire as part of several publicly-funded projects, and plays a large role in shaping the strategy for digital connectivity throughout the area.
As a qualified project manager, James runs the day-to-day delivery of superfast broadband in Buckinghamshire and supports Buckinghamshire County Council and the LEP in digital infrastructure projects across the county.
With prior experience in the retail sector, James moved into the public sector to focus on process redesign and business improvement and he has worked on numerous projects which have seen large improvements in delivery across Buckinghamshire. He has is enthusiastic about digital connectivity and has used his skills in data analytics to further to understand digital connectivity in Buckinghamshire. His other great passion is sport and he has spent time as a football coach before graduating from Royal Holloway, University of London and as a ski instructor after.
With over 20 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative research in the public sector, Catherine is now working with stakeholders represented on the Buckinghamshire Skills Advisory Panel and across the county to develop a Skills Action Plan that responds to current and forecast skills gaps and shortages.
Catherine’s research and evaluation career so far has been spent working with creative industries to identify skills gaps and shortages and evaluate skills programmes e.g. informing the development of Digital Britain and the film industry training levy. Her research includes assessing international community-led programmes to reduce poverty to identify success that can be translated to the UK, measuring attitudes to social housing to inform lobbying and communication, evaluating reading programmes and the Renewable Heat Incentive, and developing organisation and programme level Evaluation Frameworks, logic models and evaluations. Catherine began her career as a Researcher on Randomised Controlled Trials at the Institute of Child Health.
Marina leads the Enterprise Coordinator team delivering the under 19 skills agenda for Buckinghamshire and is also Careers Hub lead.
Having graduated in business studies and completing a graduate trainee program with IBM, Marina then moved into Investment Banking, specialising in Latin American equity fund management, which made use of her language skills. Having had a keen interest in training and development, Marina trained to be a teacher of Business. She has always believed in involving business in the classroom and embraced the ethos of the Peter Jones Academy ‘bringing the boardroom into the classroom’.