Mark Davies, Regional Director of Northern Home Counties at Metro Bank plc has been appointed Chair of the Hertfordshire LEP Envoy Programme.

The Envoy Programme is made up of business representatives covering a wide range of industry sectors who are willing to work with the LEP towards the mutual goal of economic growth within Hertfordshire. Its aim is to use business expertise to find creative ways to unlock challenges to local growth and help secure support for future Government-funded projects that will benefit the county.

Mark says, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to develop our Envoy Programme in 2018 following its launch earlier this year. As a team, we have the chance to be the voice of the LEP within the business community of Hertfordshire, but also keep abreast of opinions to take back to the LEP Board to inform their thinking.

I have lived in Hertfordshire all my life, attending schools in Royston and Harpenden and subsequently living in Welwyn Garden City, Harpenden and St Albans. I have also spent a large part of my career working in Hertfordshire, in addition to commuting to London. 

In my day job as Regional Director, I have led the growth of Metro Bank into Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Middlesex as part of our wider growth plan to open 100 bank stores by the end of 2020, with Local Business & Commercial Bankers supporting each one.

Having always worked with micro, small and medium sized businesses, I have gained a deep understanding of the challenges they face which I look forward to putting to use as Chair of the Envoy Programme.”

Mark has taken over the role from Mark Coppen, Director of Corporate and Commercial Banking at NatWest, who will remain with the Programme as an Envoy. We would like to thank Mark Coppen, who served as Chair of the Envoy Programme since its inception at the end of 2016, for the pivotal role he has played in shaping the Programme from initial concept through to delivery, and for his continued commitment to Programme as one of our valued Envoys.

Meet our current Envoys here.

Over the past year, Envoys have drawn attention to the potentially detrimental consequences of Permitted Development Rights (PDR) in relation to the loss of key office accommodation in town centres across Hertfordshire.

As a result, several actions are being taken forward including a proposal to set up a working group to focus on this issue in greater depth. Envoys and the wider business community will be asked to feedback their responses to help shape the LEP’s economic priorities and ensure that its core aims reflects the needs of businesses.

Read the Envoy's commentary on Permitted Development Rights.