Neil is Chief Executive of Hertfordshire LEP and has overseen its development from its inception. Prior to joining the LEP, Neil was Head of the Economic Development Unit at Hertfordshire County Council. In his role as Head of Partnerships at the East of England Development Agency, Neil was responsible for local economic development partnerships across the region. Neil’s earlier career was in business support including working for Business Link and the British Chambers of Commerce.
Norman is responsible for overseeing the operational delivery of all programmes across the LEP’s key strategic priority areas which include Skills, Infrastructure and Enterprise.
Norman also supports the Skills & Employment Programme Board, working with local education providers and businesses to improve the provision of careers advice for young people, upskill Hertfordshire’s labour market, and ultimately move towards fuller employment within the county.
Head of Performance & Assurance
Andrew’s main focus is to lead on all aspects of scrutiny and assurance, including the development of and compliance with the Hertfordshire Assurance Framework in all our processes and procedures. He also has overall responsibility for the LEP's project approval process, as well as contracting with funding applicants and the monitoring/evaluation of projects.
Head of Communications
A national newspaper-trained journalist with an instinct for seeking out the human interest story behind the business headline, Lucy is in charge of all external and internal communications for the LEP.
Lucy advises Board and Executive Team members on media handling and manages a PR pipeline to support the LEP's project delivery. Her current challenges and opportunities include juggling multiple highly complex campaigns with her role as a full-time mother, short story writer and occasional blogger.
Head of Enterprise & Innovation
Paul supports the work of the Enterprise and Innovation Programme Board which develops and monitors activities contributing to the delivery of the LEP’s vision of accelerating business-led growth.
Head of Infrastructure & Regeneration
Adam is responsible for managing the LEP’s Growing Places Fund and the Single Local Growth Fund 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.
Enterprise Zone Manager
Cherie is the project lead for Hertfordshire Innovation Quarter, the county's enviro-tech enterprise zone. She is focused on working with partners to secure investment and deliver infrastructure which will unlock strategically located development sites, with the potential to deliver thousands of new jobs to the area.
Partnership & Delivery Manager
Tim oversees the delivery of the LEP’s business support services, including Hertfordshire Growth Hub, which works to accelerate the growth of local SMEs, and Visit Herts, the county’s destination management service. Tim works closely with local partners to ensure Hertfordshire’s business support programmes are effectively connected, as well as partners within the wider South East cluster, in order to maximise opportunities for collaboration.
Careers Hub Lead
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 help prepare young people for future jobs and careers, building up a network of valuable business contacts, and supporting schools to develop a whole school careers strategy.
Chris works alongside Gareth Dace, Careers Hub Lead, and assists with the delivery of the Careers & Enterprise Company programme in Hertfordshire. Chris supports local schools and colleges to achieve the eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance. Chris is also responsible for matching schools and colleges with Enterprise Advisers (EAs).
EAs are local business leaders who support schools with their careers strategies and help prepare young people for the world of work. Get in touch with Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about volunteering as an EA.
Sam manages the contracting process for the LEP and supports the team by ensuring that the LEP’s projects under its key funding streams are properly initiated, appraised, contracted and managed.
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.
Team Coordinator/ Programme Support Officer
Molly provides administrative assistance to the LEP's Executive Team and Board, and programme support to Paul Witcombe, Head of Enterprise & Innovation, and Tim Burton, Partnership & Delivery Manager.
Rashmi works with the Head of Communications in the management of the LEP's internal and external communications and the delivery of LEP events. She oversees the PR pipeline for LEP-funded projects, working closely with external partners, and manages the LEP's stakeholder communications.
Lisa is Project Executive for the delivery of the Careers and Enterprise Company programme in Hertfordshire. She also supports the Skills and Employment Board and the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.
Katy oversees the marketing of Hertfordshire IQ, the county's enviro-tech enterprise zone.
Assurance & Monitoring Manager
Vickie is responsible for monitoring projects that have been approved by the LEP Board and provides support in the areas of audit and scrutiny. Vickie supports Andrew Lee, Head of Performance and Assurance.
Enterprise Zone Project Executive
Helen works with partners to manage projects that will enable the design, development and occupancy of aspirational business enterprise sites in terms of sustainability, digital connectivity, skills resourcing, outstanding public realm and community integration.
Skills, Employment & Apprenticeship Lead
Caroline works to improve skills provision across the county in line with the Hertfordshire Skills and Apprenticeship Strategies and Local Industrial Strategy.
She facilitates and implements projects such as the HOP (Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal), Hertfordshire Skills Advisory Service, Apprenticeship Ambassador Network and employer engagement strategy to support the introduction of T-Level qualifications.
Digital Marketing & Content Executive
Mia joined the Hertfordshire LEP team in 2019. Mia supports the Skills, Employment & Apprenticeship Lead with the development and promotion of ‘HOP’ - Hertfordshire LEP’s skills, employment and opportunities portal. Mia also supports the Communications Manager with wider corporate communications.
Mara joined the Hertfordshire LEP team in 2019 and supports Molly Curtis, Team Coordinator/Programme Support Officer. Mara provides administrative assistance to the LEP's Executive Team and Board.