Our Strategic board
Our strategic board is made up of high profile leaders and is chaired by Christian Brodie. Christian is supported by three vice chairs drawn from the business community, one for each of the local areas; Essex, Southend & Thurrock, Kent & Medway, and East Sussex.
The Strategic Board, supported by the SELEP team, is responsible for:
- Setting the vision, strategic direction and priorities of the LEP overall
- Ensuring the development and maintenance of the Strategic Economic Plan and for determining its key funding priorities
- Ensuring that that adequate capacity and expertise is maintained to
deliver against 2.
- Considering and agreeing a position on major items of strategic
- Publishing arrangements for developing, prioritising, appraising and
approving projects with a view to ensuring that a wide range of
delivery partners can be involved
- Development and approval of a Skills Strategy for the area
- Approval of European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) strategy
- Deciding how the activities of the LEP should be delegated
- Championing the LEP and the LEP area in all other forums
- Supporting pan-LEP activity undertaken by the working groups
- Working closely with federal boards to oversee Growth Hub, Enterprise
Zone and City Deal activities
- Endorsing local areas’ efforts to advance projects for economic growth
which may not be directly linked to the LEP.
Strategic board membership
The Strategic Board is made up of 28 members selected by their local private/public sector partnerships or their representative bodies and at least 50% of the members are required to be from the private sector.
Strategic Board members, the organisations they represent and their Register of Interests (ROI) documentation
Christian Brodie Show
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. His previous Chair roles include the Public Chairs Forum, Pentathlon GB, the Council of the University of Sussex, the Regulatory Partnership Group for Higher Education and the Council of UCAS.
As well as holding directorships in a number of private companies, he is a member of 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.
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 Chairman of SELEP, Christian receives an allowance of up to £20,000 per annum plus expenses.
Christian is the SME (small and medium sized enterprises) representative on the Board.
List of Directorships
East Sussex Members
Vice Chair- Graham Peters Show
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 Team East Sussex, the Federated sub board of SELEP, Chairman of the East Sussex Rural Partnership, sits on other not-for-profit boards, including as a director of Woodland Enterprises Ltd and Rother Valley Railway Ltd, and was the High Sheriff of East Sussex 2013 – 2014.ROI
Clive Soper Show
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)ROI
Ana Christie Show
Sussex Chamber of CommerceROI
Cllr Keith Glazier Show
East Sussex County CouncilROI
Cllr Peter Chowney Show
Hastings Borough CouncilROI
Cllr David Tutt Show
Eastbourne Borough CouncilROI
Essex, Southend-On-Sea and Thurrock Members
Vice Chair- George Kieffer Show
George Kieffer is a former banker with a number of business interests. He is Chairman of the Haven Gateway Partnership and Chair of Estuary Housing Association. 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.
David Burch Show
Essex Chambers of CommerceROI
David Rayner Show
Birkett Long LLP & Heart of Essex BusinessROI
Colette Bailey Show
Perry Glading Show
Glading Consultancy LimitedROI
Cllr Kevin Bentley Show
Essex County CouncilROI
Cllr Ron Woodley Show
Cllr Rob Gledhill Show
Cllr Graham Butland Show
Braintree District CouncilROI
Cllr Chris Whitbread Show
Epping Forest District CouncilROI
Kent & Medway Members
Vice Chair- Geoff Miles Show
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 StudiosROI
Paul Thomas Show
Development Land Services LimitedROI
Jo James Show
Kent Invicta ChamberSROI
Douglas Horner Show
Cllr Rodney Chambers Show
Cllr Roger Gough Show
Kent County CouncilROI
Cllr Peter Fleming Show
Sevenoaks District CouncilROI
Cllr David Monk Show
Folkestone & Hythe District CouncilROI
Higher Education & Further Education/Skills Representatives
Penny Shimmin Show
Sussex Community Development AssociationROI
Delegation of good governance
In accordance with Government’s expectations SELEP has designated the
following board members, or members of the SELEP team, responsibilities
pertaining to the good governance of Government funding:
- Maximising the LEP’s connections with SMEs across the area – Chair
- Ensuring that the LEP’s investments represent value for money – Chair of the Accountability Board
- Ensuring that business cases are subject to scrutiny – Chair of the Accountability Board
- Identification and management of risk of all the projects supported by the LEP’s programme – Chair of the Accountability Board
Strategic Board membership is made up of the South East LEP’s Federated Boards. All Federated Boards recruit in an open and transparent manner and in line with the requirements set out in the Assurance Framework.
All boards ensure positions are open to all businesses within the area and membership is reviewed every two years. Federated Boards have responsibility to ensure the membership of the Board is in line with the diverse businesses community in their areas and that this diversity is fed up to the Strategic Board membership.