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The SELEP Secretariat Team

Adam Bryan

Chief Executive Officer

Adam Bryan is the Chief Executive Officer of the South East LEP and leads our overall strategy, managing the relationship with Board members, businesses and the Government and taking overall responsibility for delivery, performance, finances and governance and accountability. Adam has prior experience in economic development policy and strategy development in local authorities and in project management and delivery at a Regional Development Agency.

For information regarding the CEO’s delegated responsibilities relating to funding, please see the “Open and Transparent” page under the “Good Governance” menu item.

View Adam’s Register of Interests.

Suzanne Bennett

Chief Operating Officer

Rhiannon Mort

Capital Programme Manager

Contact Rhiannon for information about our capital programme, including Local Growth Fund and Growing Places Fund programmes.

Louise Aitken

Skills Lead

Contact Louise regarding any queries on the SELEP Skills agenda or funding for skills, including European Social Funds (ESF).

Zoe Gordon

Business Engagement and Comms Manager

Contact Zoe for media enquiries, queries about the SELEP website, how we liaise with our business representative partners or the SE Business Growth Hub.

Helen Russell

Strategy and Intelligence Manager (job share)

Sharon Spicer

Strategy and Intelligence Manager (job share)

Alex Riley

Programme Manager (maternity cover)

Amy Ferraro

Governance Officer

Helen Dyer

Capital Programme Officer

Iwona Bainbridge

Growth Hub Lead

Jim Wilkinson

Digital Skills Partnership Coordinator

Jo Simmons

Business Development Manager

Jo Simmons is our Business Development Manager, responsible for providing guidance and coordination to stakeholders on SELEP-wide business support programmes, with a specific eye on European Regional development Funding. Jo also champions our Clean Growth agenda and associated South2East Local Energy Strategy. Jo has previous experience in the development and delivery of collaborative, landscape scale projects and programmes that are underpinned by European law.

Lucy Spencer-Lawrence

Programme Manager (on maternity leave)

Contact Lucy for any general queries or any specific queries regarding our Housing Finance Institute programme, South East Business Growth Hub and Social Enterprise Working Groups.

Vivien Prigg

Business Operations Assistant