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SELEP secretariat team

Louise Aitken

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

Suzanne Bennett

Contact Suzanne for project or programme level finance queries or for queries regarding SELEP’s Accountable Body.

Adam Bryan

Adam Bryan is the Managing Director 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.

Lorraine George

Lorraine George is our EU Funding Strategic Lead and worked with stakeholders from across the LEP area to produce the ESIF Strategy document, which is the basis for all the £161 million EU funding projects submitted under the current programme period. Lorraine has worked on EU funding for 30 years, running programmes in Denmark and Hungary and also working as an adviser on Interreg funding to the European Commission in Brussels.

Zoe Gordon

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

Paul Martin

Paul is our marketing and communications manager responsible for the planning and implementation of effective integrated marketing & communications for SELEP as well as all digital projects to ensure maximum engagement with all our various audiences.

Rhiannon Mort

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

Jo Simmons

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

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.