Chair - 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.
Mark is Chair of the LEP Board and Enterprise Zone Programme Board.
Deputy Chair - 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.
Peter is Deputy-Chair of the LEP Board and Chairs the Banking Forum and Programme Management Committee.
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.
Tina chairs the Strategic Infrastructure Programme Board.
St Albans City and District Council
Julian Daly is Councillor for Harpenden West and Finance Director for Close Asset Management Holdings Ltd. He is one of three representatives of the Hertfordshire Leaders’ Group on the Board. Julian was leader of St Albans City and District Council for six years until May 2017.
Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden
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.
Dan Dark is also Co-Chair of the Visit Herts Partnership Group.
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.
Zoe Hancock, Principal of Oaklands College since March 2011, joined the Board in 2017 as a representative of Higher Education.
Zoe sits on the Skills and Employment Board and Programme Management Committee.
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.
Adrian is an SME representative on the main LEP Board and is also Chair of the Skills and Employment Programme Board.
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.
Cheeky Munkey Ltd
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.
Graham is SME representative on the main LEP Board, Chairs the Enterprise and Innovation Board and is a member of the Business Forum.
University of Hertfordshire
Professor McKellar has been the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Hertfordshire since 1 January 2011.
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.
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.
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 is District Council Representative for the A1(M) Growth Area on the LEP Board.
Hertfordshire County Council
Cllr David Williams was elected to Hertfordshire County Council in 2013 and elected as Deputy Leader of the Council on 21 November 2016. David is the Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Education & Skills and sits on the Enterprise, Education & Skills Cabinet Panel (Chairman), and the Pensions Committee (Vice-Chairman).
David represents the County Council on the LEP Board and sits on the Programme Management Committee Board.
The LEP Board comprises 15 elected members: the Chair, five business representatives, two SME representatives, two from the fields of higher and further education, one not-for-profit representative and four local authority representatives.
The Board is set at a maximum of 15 members to enable a strong team ethic, fully inclusive debate, and a capacity for rapid decisions.
All members of LEP groups have a set term of office and are unremunerated as they give their time on a voluntary basis. Our Assurance Framework sets out the recruitment process, roles and responsibilities of the Board.
The Framework also sets out our governance and arrangements for the delivery of programmes and projects as well as relationships with partners and all local authorities.
Other Key Documents relating to the Board, Programme Boards and Sub Groups include: Terms of Reference - this sets out our vision, duties and responsibilities; Complaints Policy, Conflicts of Interest Policy and Declaration of Interests.
Each priority area is supported by a Programme Board or sub-group and is chaired by a LEP Board Member with representation from the wider businesses community to focus on their programme’s area of expertise.
Hertfordshire LEP Area ESIF Committee. This committee is responsible for setting the direction and priorities, and developing and delivering the strategy for European Structural Investment Funds on behalf of Government.
The committee is chaired by LEP board members however the secretariat is provided by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
Their duties are set out in the Terms of Reference which can be viewed in the Key Documents below.