Meet the LEP team


It’s only a small team but we come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have a wealth of experience to offer. If you would like to speak to anyone in particular please give us a call on the number provided at the bottom of the page.

Neil Hayes

Neil Hayes - Executive Director

Prior to joining Hertfordshire LEP Neil was Head of Partnerships at the East of England Development Agency responsible for local economic development partnerships across the region. Neil’s prior career was in business support including working for Business Link and the British Chambers of Commerce.

Paul Witcombe

Paul Witcombe - Enterprise & Innovation Manager

As the LEP’s Enterprise & Business Innovation Manager Paul is responsible for supporting the work of the Enterprise and Innovation Programme board.

Norman Jennings

Norman Jennings -Skills & Employment Manager

As part of his role Norman is responsible for supporting the work of the Skills and Employment Programme Board. Norman is keen to ensure that we maximise the importance of skills and employment in Hertfordshire as well as enhancing the role of the LEP as a key influencer and co-ordinator with regards to these areas in Hertfordshire.

Tim Burton

Tim Burton - ERDF Projects Facilitator

In the role of ERDF Projects Facilitator Tim will be working with organisations in Hertfordshire and beyond to facilitate the development of projects that will encourage economic growth and leverage opportunity from Hertfordshire’s allocation of the European Regional Development Fund.

Adam Wood

Adam Wood – Infrastructure Delivery Manager

Adam is responsible for managing the LEP’s Growing Places Fund (a £16m fund from Central Government) and the Single Local Growth Fund (over £150m) relating to delivery of infrastructure, regeneration and housing projects across the county. Adam also encourages effective joint working between the LEP, Hertfordshire County Council, District and Borough Councils, the Local Transport Board and Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Planning Partnership to deliver an exciting and challenging growth programme.

Andrew Lee - LEP Programmes Delivery Manager

As the LEP Programmes Delivery Manager, Andrew’s main focus is the Enviro-Tech Enterprise Zone, which aims to support and develop the existing enviro-tech sector in west Hertfordshire and attract more businesses to the area thanks to its excellent national and international transport links. He is also contributing to the work of Projects and Performance team.

Morag Saunders

Morag Saunders - Projects and Performance Manager

Morag is responsible for overseeing the LEP’s project and performance management in relation to the Growth Deal and Growing Places Fund funding streams. This entails overseeing all the project and financial requirements that come with the funding streams and ensuring that the LEP is fully compliant with those requirements.

Gemma Fulton - Assistant Project and Performance Manager 

A history graduate bringing the past to the future - since joining the LEP in October 2015, Gemma’s role is to monitor the financial and project delivery of each of the Growth Deal and Growing Places Fund projects.

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Gareth Dace - Senior Enterprise Coordinator

Gareth is leading on the Careers and Enterprise Company programme across Hertfordshire. The aim is to match an Enterprise Adviser from the business/public sector with a local secondary school. Enterprise Advisers are typically senior leadership volunteers from the local business community who will engage with schools and colleges. The advisers will help to prepare young people for future jobs and careers, building up a network of valuable links to local business contacts, supporting the school in developing a whole school careers strategy.

Lucy Gravatt

Lucy Gravatt - Communications & Engagement Manager

Lucy is in charge of devising and delivering the LEP communications plan and strategy, with responsibility for day to day media relations and helping to maintain effective working partnerships with key stakeholders, local authorities and government departments.

Sally Stanley

Sally Stanley - Office Manager

Sally handles the day to day administration of the team, including finances, contract management, events, HR and recruitment, ICT and support to the Executive Team and LEP Board/ Programme Boards.

Molly Curtis - Team Coordinator 

Molly joined the Herts LEP team in July 2016 as Team Coordinator and her role is to provide administrative support for the Executive Team and Board .

Lisa Bishop

Lisa Bishop - Senior Business Executive

Lisa is Project Executive for the Careers and Enterprise Company delivery in Hertfordshire. She also supports the Skills and Employment Programme Board and the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.

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Daniel Barcroft - Communications Intern

Daniel joined the LEP team in October 2016 and his role mainly involves supporting Lucy Gravatt, Communications and Engagement Manager.

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