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

SELEP Board and group structure
SELEP Board and group structure

South East LEP Strategic Board Members

Chair

Name Organisation Declaration of interest
Christian Brodie SE LEP Private Sector Chair Declaration of interests

East Sussex Members

Name Organisation Declaration of interest
Graham Peters DL Vice Chair & East Sussex SME Commission and East Sussex Rural Partnersip Declaration of interests
Christina Ewbank Association of Chambers East Sussex (ACES) Declaration of interests
Derek Godfrey Ellis Builders / Eastbourne Chamber Declaration of interests
Cllr Keith Glazier East Sussex County Council Decleration of interests
Cllr Peter Chowney Hastings Borough Council Declaration of interests
Cllr Bob Standley Wealden District Council Declaration of interests

Essex, Southend-On-Sea and Thurrock Members

Name Organisation Declaration of interest
George Kieffer Vice Chair & Haven Gateway Partnership Declaration of interests
David Burch Essex Chamber Declaration of interests
Julian Drury C2C Rail & South Essex Businesses Declaration of interests
Marc Myers Intu (Lakeside) Declaration of interests
David Rayner Birkett Long LLP & Heart of Essex Business Declaration of interests
Cllr Kevin Bentley Essex County Council Declaration of interests
Cllr John Lamb Southend-On-Sea Council Declaration of interests
Cllr Rob Gledhill Thurrock Council Declaration of interests
Cllr Graham Butland Braintree District Council / Essex Local Authorities Declaration of interests
Cllr Chris Whitbread Epping Forest District Council / Essex Local Authorities Declaration of interests

Kent & Medway Members

Name Organisation Declaration of interest
Geoff Miles Vice Chair & Maidstone Studios Declaration of interests
Paul Thomas Orbit Homes Declaration of interests
Jo James Kent Invicta Chamber Declaration of interests
Nick Sandford CLA & Godinton House and Estate Declaration of interests
Cllr Alan Jarrett Medway Council Declaration of interests
Cllr Paul Carter Kent County Council Declaration of interests
Cllr Peter Fleming Sevenoaks District Council / West Kent Partnership Declaration of interests
Cllr Paul Watkins Dover District Council Declaration of interests

Higher Education & Further Education/Skills Representatives

Name Organisation Declaration of interest
Prof Anthony Forster University of Essex Declaration of interests
Graham Razey East Kent College Declaration of interests