Our Strategic board
Our strategic board is made up of high profile leaders and is chaired by Christian Brodie. Christian is supported by a Deputy Chair. 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 importance
- 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 25 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.
Chair & Deputy 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 a director of the LEP Network Ltd. His previous Chair roles include the Student Loans Company, 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 Chair of SELEP, Christian receives an allowance of up to £20,000 per annum plus expenses.View Register of Interests
Sarah Dance is a strategic consultant for the culture and creative industries, with over 25 years’ experience in the creative sector. She has led a wide range of cultural organisations and set up her own consultancy in 2002. Her work covers business and capital development, creative production, organisational change development, and leadership mentoring.
In addition to her consultancy work and her Deputy Chairship of South East Local Enterprise Partnership, she is Co-Chair of the South East Creative Economy Network and Chair of Creative Estuary and has led the visioning of Thames Estuary Production Corridor. She is on the Civic University Network Advisory Group and UAL Advisory Group for their UKRI funded Modelling and supporting recovery of the UK’s experience economy. She is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
As Deputy Chair of SELEP, Sarah receives an allowance of up to £10,000 per annum plus expenses.View Register of Interests
County/Unitary Council Directors
Business Representative Directors (Kent and Medway Economic Partnership)
AC Goatham & Son LtdDownload
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 StudiosDownload
Kent Invicta ChambersDownload
Lee Evans Partnership LLPDownload
Stagecoach South EastDownload
Business Representative Directors (Opportunity South Essex)
Business Representative Directors (Success Essex)
Business Representative Directors (Team East Sussex)
Sussex Chamber of CommerceDownload
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)Download
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.Download
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.