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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 a Deputy Chair. 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 importance
  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 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 (Chair) 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 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 Chairman of SELEP, Christian receives an allowance of up to £20,000 per annum plus expenses. 

Sarah Dance (Deputy Chair) Show
County/Unitary Council Directors
Cllr David Finch (Essex) Show

Essex County Council

Cllr Keith Glazier (East Sussex) Show

East Sussex County Council

Cllr Ian Gilbert (Southend) Show

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Cllr Rob Gledhill (Thurrock) Show

Thurrock Council

Cllr Rodney Chambers (Medway) Show

Medway Council

Cllr Roger Gough (Kent) Show

Kent County Council

Business Representative Directors (Kent and Medway Economic Partnership)
Carol Ford Show

AC Goatham & Son Ltd

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

Jo James Show

Kent Invicta Chambers

Liz Gibney Show

Lee Evans Partnership LLP

Matthew Arnold Show

Stagecoach South East

Business Representative Directors (Opportunity South Essex)
Aideen Sadler Show


Perry Glading Show

Glading Consultancy Limited

Business Representative Directors (Success Essex)
Claire Lewis Show

Visteon Engineering Services Ltd

Miles Adcock Show

Teledyne e2v

Business Representative Directors (Team East Sussex)
Ana Christie Show

Sussex Chamber of Commerce

Clive Soper Show

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

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.

Co-opted Directors
Cllr David Monk (District/City/Borough Council Representative) Show

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Cllr Graham Butland (District/City/Borough Council Representative) Show

Braintree District Council​

Angela O'Donoghue (Further Education Representative) Show

South Essex College

Professor Karen Cox (Higher Education Representative) Show

University of Kent

Penny Shimmin (Social Enterprise Representative) 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.