Our strategic board

The South East LEP is an informal partnership, a strategic body which brings together the public and private sectors to support economic growth in its constituent areas.

The LEP is governed by a board of 28 members, supported by a small secretariat team and partners and organisations throughout the SELEP area.

We have local LEP Boards by geographical area.

Strategic leadership

The SELEP Strategic Board sets the strategic direction of the LEP providing clear strategic leadership and championing shared SELEP priorities. It is the main SELEP interface with Government, bringing together both private and public sectors to drive local growth and job creation and to oversee all SELEP activity to deliver this aim.

Decision making

Formal democratic decision-making is through the SELEP Accountability Board which approves all major funding decisions and monitors and manages SELEP’s capital programme for greatest impact, informed by local area management information.

The Joint Committee structure of the accountability board roots decision-making firmly in the democratic process and enables it to be subject to democratic scrutiny.

  • All activity and decisions of the Accountability Board are available to view here
  • Details of the public questions policy for Accountability Board meetings can be found here

Managing funding locally

Local Area Delivery Boards/Partnerships manage funding devolved by the Accountability Board, taking all local decisions on this investment within defined thresholds (based on the quantum and percentage of local investment programme).

Local Area Partnerships/Boards may either be established as Joint Committees in their own right or operate by advising their responsible County/Unitary authority (S151) Finance Director.

Local delivery

Local Area Delivery Boards/Partnerships are responsible for local delivery and managing their local programme within these local tolerance levels for both spending and delivery as agreed by the SELEP Accountability Board. They submit quarterly reports to the SELEP Accountability Board for formal approval as part of SELEP’s reporting process to Government.

Accountable body

As the Accountable Body, Essex County Council, retains overall legal accountability for the SELEP investment programme, supported by Essex’s Chief Finance Officer, the S151 officer.

South East LEP Strategic Board Members:

Chair
Name Organisation Register of Interests
Christian Brodie SELEP Private Sector Chair

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018
East Sussex Members
Name Organisation Declarations of Interest
Graham Peters DL Vice Chair & East Sussex SME Commission and East Sussex Rural Partnersip SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018
Christina Ewbank

Association of Chambers East Sussex (ACES)

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018
Derek Godfrey Ellis Builders / Eastbourne Chamber SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018
Cllr Keith Glazier

East Sussex County Council

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018
Cllr Peter Chowney Hastings Borough Council SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018
Cllr Bob Standley Wealden District Council

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018
Essex, Southend-On-Sea and Thurrock Members
Name Organisation Declarations of Interest
George Kieffer

Vice Chair & Haven Gateway Partnership

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018

David Burch

Essex Chamber SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018
David Rayner

Birkett Long LLP & Heart of Essex Business

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018

Colette Bailey

Metal SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018
Perry Glading

Glading Consultancy Limited

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018

Cllr Kevin Bentley

Essex County Council SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018
Cllr John Lamb

Southend-On-Sea Council

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018

Cllr Rob Gledhill

Thurrock Council

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018

Cllr Graham Butland

Braintree District Council / Essex Local Authorities

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018

Cllr Chris Whitbread

Epping Forest District Council / Essex Local Authorities

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018
Kent & Medway Members
Name Organisation Declarations of Interest
Geoff Miles

Vice Chair & Maidstone Studios

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018

Paul Thomas

Development Land Services Limited

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018
Jo James

Kent Invicta Chamber

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018

Douglas Horner

Farming and Rural Issues Group South East SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018
Cllr Rodney Chambers

Medway Council

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018

Cllr Paul Carter

Kent County Council

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018

Cllr Peter Fleming

Sevenoaks District Council

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018

Cllr Simon Cook

Canterbury City Council

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018
Higher Education & Further Education/Skills Representatives
Name Organisation Declarations of Interest

Prof Anthony Forster

University of Essex

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018

Graham Razey

East Kent College

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018
Social Enterprise
Name Organisation Declarations of Interest

Penny Shimmin

Sussex Community Development Association

SELEP Downloadable DocumentROI 2018