(Envoy Programme Chair) Metro Bank
Mark Davies is Regional Director, Northern Home Counties at Metro Bank and Chair of the Envoy Programme.
Richard Butler is a Planning Associate at Bidwells.
Andy Cook is Managing Director of FFEI.
Mark Coppen is Director of Commercial Banking for Hertfordshire at NatWest.
Chris Day is Founder and Managing Director of Daymedia.
Claire Dicks is Chief of Staff to the Deputy MD UK and Portfolio Management Director for MBDA Missile Systems.
Giles is Regional Partnership Director for the East of England for BT.
Lloyds Banking Group
Philip Fulton is Regional Director for the East of England at Lloyds Banking Group.
Richard Gann is the Local Director at Metro Bank St Albans.
Building Research Establishment
Michael is Group Operations Director at BRE (Building Research Establishment), a world leading, multi disciplinary building science centre.
Hertfordshire County Council
Sally Hopper is Assistant Director of HR Services at Hertfordshire County Council.
Darren Isted is Director of Spitfire PR and Publisher of #Herts.
Blue Tulip Training
Sneha is the Managing Director of Blue Tulip Training.
Stevenage BioScience Catalyst
Miranda Knaggs is Business Development Director at Stevenage BioScience Catalyst.
Watford & West Herts Chamber of Commerce
Chris Luff is Chief Executive of the Watford & West Herts Chamber of Commerce. He is also Director of Reliance Group Services.
Lambert Smith Hampton
Nigel Palmer is Director and Head of Office for St Albans at Lambert Smith Hampton.
Grant Thornton UK LLP
Jeremy Read is a Partner at Grant Thornton UK LLP.
Amberside Advisors Ltd.
Neil Rutledge: Head of Advisory and Business Development, Amberside Advisors Ltd.
Neil Rutledge is part owner of a 35-strong infrastructure & renewables advisory practice based in Hemel Hempstead, and prior to that was a partner with Grant Thornton. After training with KPMG, Neil spent 6 years with a public-sector agency tasked with regenerating Central Manchester, by bringing housing and nightlife back to the City Centre. Over the next decade, Neil advised public and private sector clients across a range of infrastructure and renewables projects – including active involvement in the London 2012 Games legacy - raising over £3bn of debt finance.
Our Envoy Programme is made up of our private sector Board Members and a cohort of individuals drawn from a wide range of sectors, from organisations of all sizes.
The Envoys work with the LEP as critical friends and external ambassadors, and help us identify and find solutions to some of the Hertfordshire’s challenges.
The Envoy programme is not a membership organisation, but a group of individuals with the collective aim to make Hertfordshire a better place to live, work and do business.
What are we trying to achieve?
Envoys should be knowledgeable about the wider economic benefits of Hertfordshire LEP’s work and its influencing role locally around economic growth and job creation.
They should be willing to share their industry expertise with the LEP Board and Programme Boards so that current business opinion is reflected in the LEP’s work and thinking.
Who leads the Envoy programme?
Mark Davies, Regional Director of Northern Home Counties, Metro Bank, is Chair of the Envoy Programme. He is supported by Lucy Gravatt, Hertfordshire LEP’s Head of Communication.
The Envoys meet on a quarterly basis. Read the latest Envoy bulletins on our Board Papers page.