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 Thames Valley 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.
As the Skills Development Manager at the Bucks Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, Jackie has driven the skills agenda forward since coming into post. In 2015 she established the Bucks Skills Hub and its delivery infrastructure including OppsinBucks.org; WANNABEbucks.org; The Bucks Skills Show and as part of a national programme, established the Enterprise Adviser Network in Bucks, after successfully securing Careers and Enterprise Company funding. The Skills Hub now has a dynamic team engaging with and supporting all 38 Bucks’ secondary schools in bridging the gap between education and employers, improving skills development and careers awareness. The result has been an emerging skills ecosystem that connects and benefits young people, educators and businesses.
Jackie is now working on developing and implementing the wider skills strategy including apprenticeships and supporting BTVLEP’s priority industries through the establishment of employer-led sector action groups, to address mismatches between skills supply and employer demand more effectively in line with BTVLEP’s growth agenda.
Jackie is an experienced marketing professional, entrepreneur and project manager. CIM qualified, corporate and SME experienced, she has also run her own creative agency in London for clients such as Warner Vision, Sony Pictures and Odeon Cinemas. Between 2010 and 2015, Jackie taught and mentored adults and 16-18year olds to start their own businesses at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy where she was also the Business Enterprise Manager, responsible for engaging and involving industry and commerce in the learning experience. Jackie brings to the Skills Development Manager role a useful balance of current business acumen and an education background.
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.
Rupert is an economic geographer and town planner with more than 20 years’ experience in economic development gained across the public, private and higher education sectors. As Head of Economic Research he is responsible for producing and communicating intelligence on the Buckinghamshire economy.
Rupert holds an MA (Hons) in human geography from the University of Aberdeen and a postgraduate degree in town planning from the University of Manchester. Before joining Buckinghamshire Country Council in 2008, Rupert spent ten years in economic consultancy, including spells with the public sector advisory practices of KPMG and Deloitte, having previously worked in local government and HE. He remains active in academic debates, holding visiting positions at the University of Buckingham’s Business School, Birkbeck, University of London’s Centre for Innovation Management Research and the Oxfordshire Economic Observatory. He is a member of the Institute of Economic Development and a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association.
Richard is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant and S151 Officer for Buckinghamshire County Council, the Accountable Body for the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP). As the Chief Financial Officer for the County Council and the BTVLEP, 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 the BTVLEP’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.