Board Members


Our board is business-led with leading figures from corporate businesses and SMEs, as well as representatives from local authorities, not-for-profit organisations and further and higher education providers.

Mark Bretton

Chair: Mark Bretton, Accenture

Mark Bretton is a managing director at leading global professional services company Accenture. He joined the Board as Business Representative and Chair Designate in 2016 and took over from John Gourd when his five-year tenure as Chair came to an end in June 2016. 

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Deputy Chair: Peter O'Gorman, Santander

Peter O'Gorman is Regional Director of Santander Corporate Bank, with leadership responsibility for the four counties, one of them being Hertfordshire. For the past 18 years Peter has supported business growth across Hertfordshire, working with numerous companies.

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John Gourd, Johnson Matthey

John Gourd is the Site Planning and Services Director at Johnson Matthey in Royston. He is also a director of the Royston First Business Improvement District Company. John has been a Board member of the LEP since its inception and took over the Chairmanship in July 2011 before stepping down in June 2016. John remains on the LEP Board as Business Representative.

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Sharon Taylor

Councillor Sharon Taylor OBE, Stevenage Borough Council   

Cllr Sharon Taylor is leader of Stevenage Borough Council, a position she has held since 2006. She is Deputy Chair of the Local Government Association and is Deputy Leader of the Local Government Association Labour Group (since 2008). Cllr Taylor joins the LEP Board as District Council Representative for the A1(M) Growth Area.

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Andrew Stroomer

Andrew Stroomer, Airbus Defence and Space

Andy Stroomer has over 30 years experience in the space industry working for Airbus Defence and Space (formerly Astrium) in both satellites and related service businesses. He joined the LEP Board as Business Representative in 2016. 

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Andrew Percival, UPP Projects Ltd

Andrew Percival is Managing Director of UPP Projects Ltd (part of University Partnerships Programme) where he is responsible for the origination of high quality, affordable, student accommodation, academic infrastructure and support services.

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Dan Dark, Warner Bros. Studios

Dan’s career is rooted in the film industry where he started in production and then moved into special effects. Having been based in Leavesden for some 20 years, Dan has played an active role in the community. Dan is Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden.

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Graham Lane, Cheeky Munkey Limited

Graham is the founder and major shareholder of Cheeky Munkey Limited, an IT support company based in St Albans. Most recently Graham has also taken the role of Chair of the Economic Sustainability Partnership for St Albans and is the Vice Chair at Oaklands College.

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Adrian Hawkins, biz4Biz

Adrian is the Chairman of Weldability Sif based in Letchworth Garden City. He is the Chairman and Co-Founder of biz4Biz, an organisation established to support business owners and like-minded business people in and around Hertfordshire.

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Councillor Julian Daly, St Albans City and District Council

Julian Daly is one of three representatives of the Hertfordshire Leaders’ Group on the Board. He is Councillor for Harpenden West.

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Councillor David Williams, Hertfordshire County Council

David Williams is Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Education and Skills and represents the County Council on the Board.

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Linda Haysey

Councillor Linda Haysey, East Herts District Council

Linda joined the LEP Board in September 2015 as the District Council Representative for the A10/M11 Growth Area. Cllr Haysey took over as Leader of East Herts District Council in May 2015. 

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Zoe Hancock

Zoe Hancock, Principal of Oaklands College since March 2011, joined the Board in 2017 as a representative of Higher Education.

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Professor Quintin McKellar, Herts University

Professor McKellar has been the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Hertfordshire since 1 January 2011.

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Tina Barnard

Tina Barnard, Watford Community Housing Trust

Tina Barnard is Chief Executive of Watford Community Housing Trust, the first Community Gateway association in the south. Tina joined Hertfordshire LEP Board in 2016 as the Commercial Not for Profit Representative. 

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