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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:

  1. Setting the vision, strategic direction and priorities of the LEP overall
  2. Ensuring the development and maintenance of the Strategic Economic Plan and for determining its key funding priorities
  3. Ensuring that that adequate capacity and expertise is maintained to
    deliver against 2.
  4. Considering and agreeing a position on major items of strategic
  5. Publishing arrangements for developing, prioritising, appraising and
    approving projects with a view to ensuring that a wide range of
    delivery partners can be involved
  6. Development and approval of a Skills Strategy for the area
  7. Approval of European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) strategy
  8. Deciding how the activities of the LEP should be delegated
  9. Championing the LEP and the LEP area in all other forums
  10. Supporting pan-LEP activity undertaken by the working groups
  11. Working closely with federal boards to oversee Growth Hub, Enterprise
    Zone and City Deal activities
  12. 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.

Clive Soper Show

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

Ana Christie Show

Sussex Chamber of Commerce

Cllr Keith Glazier Show

East Sussex County Council

Cllr Peter Chowney Show

Hastings Borough Council

Cllr David Tutt Show

Eastbourne Borough Council

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 Commerce

David Rayner Show

Birkett Long LLP & Heart of Essex Business

Colette Bailey Show


Perry Glading Show

Glading Consultancy Limited

Cllr Kevin Bentley Show

Essex County Council

Cllr Ron Woodley Show

Southend-On-Sea Council

Cllr Rob Gledhill Show

Thurrock Council

Cllr Graham Butland Show

Braintree District Council

Cllr Chris Whitbread Show

Epping Forest District Council

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 Studios

Paul Thomas Show

Development Land Services Limited

Jo James Show

Kent Invicta ChamberS

Douglas Horner Show

Trenport Investments

Cllr Rodney Chambers Show

Medway Council

Cllr Paul Carter Show

Kent County Council

Cllr Peter Fleming Show

Sevenoaks District Council

Cllr David Monk Show

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Higher Education & Further Education/Skills Representatives
Prof Karen Cox Show

University of Kent

Angela O'Donoghue Show

South Essex College

Social Enterprise
Penny Shimmin Show

Sussex Community Development Association


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.