Our Chair and Vice Chairs

Christian Brodie (SE LEP Chair)

Christian Brodie was appointed Chair of the South East LEP following the March 2016 Strategic Board Meeting. He has high level experience in business, international finance, higher education and working closely with Government departments.

Christian is the Chair of the Student Loans Company, the Council of the University of Sussex, the Public Chairs Forum, the Council of UCAS and Pentathlon GB.

After reading law at Oxford University, Christian took on legal roles in corporate finance in the City of London and on Wall Street. He subsequently joined the financial services industry where his career progressed to Vice Chairman of UBS Investment Bank, reporting to the Chief Executive.

As well as holding directorships in a number of private companies, he is a member of the Boards of UCEA, the Financial Sustainability Group of HEFCE and the Greater Anglia Stakeholders Advisory Group. He also serves on the Grants Committee of the Wates Foundation, his family charity supporting projects principally in London and the South East.

George Kieffer (Essex Vice Chair)

George Kieffer is a former banker with a number of business interests. He is Chairman of the Haven Gateway Partnership, Chair of Estuary Housing Association, Chairman of Visit Essex and Deputy Chairman of the Harwich Haven Authority. He is a LEP representative on the National Programme Monitoring Committee for European Structural & Investment Funds and chairs the South East sub-committee. George is also a member of the University of Essex Enterprise and Industrial Advisory Boards.

Graham Peters DL (East Sussex Vice Chair)

Graham Peters has a business background in small-scale commercial and residential property development and advice. He has been involved in economic regeneration especially of the rural areas of East Sussex for 15 years.

Graham is the Chairman of the East Sussex Rural Partnership, the East Sussex SME Commission, Vice Chairman of the WARR Partnership (a LEADER Local Action Group (LAG)) and was the High Sheriff of East Sussex 2013 – 2014.

Geoff Miles DL (Kent Vice Chair)

Geoff Miles chairs the Kent & Medway Economic Partnership, the Kent & Medway Business Advisory Board and The Shepway Business Forum. In July 2009, he received an award for outstanding Contribution to the Business Community of Kent at the first Kent Excellence in Business Awards. In 2011 he was appointed Chairman of the Kent Excellence in Business Awards.

Mr Miles has worked as a producer and director in television for over 30 years; and is the Managing Director at Maidstone Studios