Meet the LLEP team

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The LLEP Team

Andy Rose
Anna Cyhan
Brendon Brockway
Cheryl Maguire
David Wright
Deepa Shah
Elizabeth Botmeh
Fiona Baker
Jackie Ledger
Jay Lad
Mandip Rai
Marcin Szymanski
Mary-Louise Harrison
Mike Durban
Saahera Mahomed
Sabine Pavule
Sue Tilley
Gerarde Manley
Laura Sherlock

Andy Rose

Economic Strategy Manager (Place)

With over thirty years’ of working in economic development in eleven posts I have undertaken most disciplines within the regeneration field. This experience includes: developing economic strategies; heading up 13 vocational training units (which included a farm and equestrian facility) which employed 111 staff and provided 700 places for young people and adults; managing multi million pound investment programmes; hosting inward and leading overseas and trade missions.

Current role: I joined the LLEP at its inception and I am currently the Economic Strategy Manager (Place). This includes managing a £13m revolving loan fund; overseeing the transport infrastructure investment in our £100m Growth Deal; representing the LLEP on a number of local and regional transport bodies; being sector lead for Tourism & Hospitality.

 

Anna Cyhan

Economic Growth and Investment Officer (People)

I’ve got several years’ experience of working on skills relating to careers advice, schools, project management, apprenticeships, events and training in both the public and private sector.

I joined the LLEP on a full-time basis in June 2013 after several years at Connexions working to help young people into education, employment or training.

Current role: My role is very varied as skills cover a wide area! But it includes labour market information, school and college newsletters and resources, activity to support Education Business Links, Adult Skills support, apprenticeships, marketing, employer engagement, PR, events, People Board support and ESF newsletters/support.

Brendon Brockway

Economic Intelligence Officer

After completing my undergraduate and post-graduate studies I started work in a local government setting. Roles undertaken have varied but nearly all have had their foundations in research and performance and been based within an economic/social or physical regeneration setting. I joined the LLEP in 2012.

Current role: As an Economic Intelligence Officer work can be varied, but mainly relates to research and intelligence and the management, breakdown, understanding and communication of data. My work informs the management information and decision making processes and provides an understanding of how the LLEP performs and the environment in which it operates.

Cheryl Maguire

Enterprise Zone Coordinator

I’ve been involved in partnership working within the public sector since 2004, beginning with a road safety awareness project with Leicestershire County Council. Following this I moved into economic development, working at the East Midlands China Business Bureau (employed by the former RDA, EMDA), and going on to join the Multi-Area Agreement team at Leicester City Council – which became the LLEP team in 2011.

During 2011, I moved to London and had a break from the public sector but I moved back to Leicester in 2015 and was very pleased to re-join the LLEP.

Current role: I work closely with our four Enterprise Zone sites to support them in securing investment, attracting businesses and generating jobs. I ensure they are represented on both national and international stages to enable their opportunities to be maximized.

David Wright

Head of Programme Delivery

Over 10 years in Local Government, I’ve worked across a number of departments including Neighbourhood Management, Children’s Services, Corporate Policy and Economic Development.

I have a BA in History and Ancient History from University of Nottingham and an MSC in Public Leadership and Management from Warwick University.
I started my career in Cheshire, moving to Blackburn to join the National Graduate Development Programme. I subsequently worked for the sub-regional economic development company operating business support and regeneration schemes across Lancashire.

I moved from the North in 2013 to join Leicester City Council’s Economic Development section as a Business Investment Manager.
Joining the LLEP in 2015 to lead the development of the Growth Hub, I moved to become the LLEPs Head of Programme Delivery in late 2016.

Current role: As Head of Programme Delivery I manage the team responsible for the development and delivery of the LLEP’s programme of investment. I also take a lead on the LLEP’s governance through the Local Assurance Framework.

Deepa Shah

Economic Intelligence Officer (Business Gateway)

After completing my degree in 2006 I have taken on a number of roles in various areas working within both private and public sector. I joined the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership in 2012 and have worked on a number of projects including the MIRA Academy, Regional Growth Fund and the Growth Hub (Business Gateway).

Current role: After completing my degree in 2006 I have taken on a number of roles in various areas working within both private and public sector. I joined the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership in 2012 and have worked on a number of projects including the MIRA Academy, Regional Growth Fund and the Growth Hub (Business Gateway).

Elizabeth Botmeh

Contracts and Finance Manager

Current Role: My role is to actively manage and monitor multiple contracts, to act as the lead for the accountable body, and to provide a strategic analysis of the LLEP’s finance. My current work streams include Growing Places Fund, Pooled Business Rates and European Structural Investment Funds.

Fiona Baker

Economic Strategy Manager (People)

I came to Leicester to study at University and never left. Since my first ‘proper job’, at Leicester Urban Studies Centre, my career has centred on skills training and employer engagement in Leicester and Leicestershire. I spent a number of years working for Leicestershire Training and Enterprise Council and Leicestershire Learning and Skills Council on programmes including Investors in People, Train to Gain and Apprenticeships. For the last eight years I held senior management roles at South Leicestershire College and North Warwickshire and Hinckley College focussing on Employer Partnerships and Apprenticeships.

Current Role: In my current role I am the LLEP ‘Skills Lead’, working on a range of projects and programmes aligned to raising skills levels within the LLEP area meet employer demand and the needs of the LLEP priority sectors.

Jackie Ledger

Communications, Brand and Partnership Manager

I am a business development manager, communications and project co-ordinator with experience in conferencing, hospitality and general business support in a wide range of industry sectors. I have a proven track record in sales generation, account management, event management, marketing and communications.

I joined the LLEP Business Gateway team in January 2015 as Communications and Support Officer for the Growth Hub and moved up to Communications, Brand and Partnership Engagement Manager for the LLEP in June 2017.

Current Role: Every day at the LLEP is different as we are responsible for a wide range of programmes that deliver an economic impact across the region. There is a lot of great news stories to share about our activities including Local Industrial Strategy, Enterprise Zones, Growth Hub, Midlands Engine, ESIF funded support, Local Growth Fund, Growing Places Fund, Enterprise Adviser Network, Skills for the future, Midlands Connect, National Funding, Leicester Business Festival and much more.

Jay Lad

Events Officer

I’ve worked for the local government for the last 20 years within the Human Resources Department.  My Experience includes designing and delivering creative and responsive training, learning and development solutions across the organisation. Managed, developed, designed and delivered Recruitment and Job Evaluation programme to all service managers across the organisation and  implemented change management programmes throughout  school, colleges and universities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland .

I graduated at De Montfort University with Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) and post-graduate qualification in Human Resources – Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD

I’ve worked for the local government for the last 20 years within the Human Resources Department. My Experience includes designing and delivering creative and responsive training, learning and development solutions across the organisation. Managed, developed, designed and delivered Recruitment and Job Evaluation programme to all service managers across the organisation and implemented change management programmes throughout school, colleges and universities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

I graduated at De Montfort University with Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) and post-graduate qualification in Human Resources – Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD)

Current Role: My role is to manage and co‐ordinate a range of internal and external events for the LLEP, LLEP Business Gateway and European Structural Investment Fund ﴾ESIF﴿. My role is very demanding but fun!

Mandip Rai

LLEP Director

With over 20 years economic development experience including senior roles with local authorities in Leicester and Leicestershire since 1998, I was appointed Head of LLEP in 2010 to lead the formation of the partnership. A qualified town planner with a post graduate degree in Local Economic Development, I started my career at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Current Role: I was appointed as Director of the LLEP in October 2016 and I am responsible for leading the LLEP team to deliver the LLEP’s objectives and managing corporate governance.

Marcin Szymanski

Project Officer

After completing my BA in Philosophy I knew that becoming a philosopher wasn’t the right path for me (although I really enjoyed the subject), so I decided to do a couple of internships to find a suitable career path. I was lucky enough to get a good mix of experience from public, private, and third sector organisations. I really enjoyed working for one of the leading think-tanks in Poland and so I decided to pursue my career in public policy. During my Bachelor’s course I spent one semester as an exchange student in Oslo, Norway. To say the least, I left a bit of my soul there. After that I knew that I should get a degree from some Western university and after browsing dozens of curriculums, I decided to go to Nottingham, to do my Master’s in Public Policy there.

Current Role: I started working at the LLEP in January 2016, after graduating from the University of Nottingham. At the beginning I was providing governance support and helping with the review of the Local Assurance Framework. In my current role I support delivery of LLEP programmes and help with wider activities and communications.

Mary-Louise Harrison

Senior Projects Manager (ESIF)

Educated to Degree level I have over 30 years of experience working in the public, private & VCS sectors. I have travelled extensively and worked in a number of countries including France, Germany, Russia, Bulgaria and Romania. My first career was that of a professional chef here in the UK and France. I have since had a wide range of jobs including being a farm hand, charity worker and now Project Manager

My passions are baking, gardening (I have 2 allotment plots) and volunteering as the Women’s Officer for the GMB Trade Union

Current role: As LLEP Senior Projects Manager I have overall responsibility for the LLEP’s €125.8m European Structural & Investment Funds Programme 2014-20 which supports a range of opportunities for businesses in the Leicester & Leicestershire area including Innovation, SME Competitiveness, Low Carbon, ICT, Rural Grants, Employment Skills and Leadership & Management.

I sit on a number of key strategic partnership groups including the National ESIF Sub-Committee for Performance & Dispute Resolution and most recently the National ESIF Growth Programme Board on behalf of the LEP Network

Mike Durban

Head of Strategy

Born and raised in Leicester, I read history at the Universities of London and Oxford before returning to the East Midlands. From 2004 to 2009 I worked as a programme manager at the Greater Nottingham Partnership, one of seven sub-regional strategic partnerships established by the East Midlands Development Agency.

During my five years at the GNP I developed and managed a wide range of regeneration projects in areas such as rural affairs, the environment, tourism, innovation and business support. In 2009 I was seconded to Nottingham City Council to manage the city’s Local Area Agreement before I joined its economic development service on a permanent basis. While at the Council I worked in a variety of roles, including developing the city’s Growth Plan, delivering a £10m business support programme and establishing a new bidding and funding unit.

In 2015 I joined the LLEP as its lead officer for employment and skills.

Current Role: In November 2016, I became the LLEP’s Head of Strategy and currently lead its Strategy and Engagement Team. My present role is extremely varied and involves leading the development and delivery of the LLEP’s main strategies. This includes the Local Industrial Strategy and the European Structural and Investment Funds Strategy. I also provide support to the LLEP Director and advise the LLEP Board on national and regional policy, funding opportunities and performance issues.

Saahera Mahomed

Enterprise Co-ordinator

I am passionate about supporting young people to make informed decisions for their future success.  I have spent the last decade creating long-lasting relationships between education and the business world.  Along the way I became a Health & Safety professional to support the Work Experience work that I managed across Leicester and Leicestershire.  It was my dissertation on ethics during my post-grad programme that led me to work for a charity where I supported schools for 8 years before taking off to travel the world and widen my own horizons.  But there’s no place like home.

Current Role: Coordinating the Careers & Enterprise Company’s national flagship programme, the Enterprise Adviser Network, I encourage senior business people to support their local school in preparing Careers Education plans.  This is to provide our young people with a better understanding of the world of work and to inspire them to be ambitious in their choices, to make more informed decisions and ultimately have successful careers.  Positive outcomes of this programme will support the reduction of NEET figures whilst bridging the skills gap in our economy.

Sabine Pavule

Admin and Business Support Officer

Current Role: As admin and Business Support Officer my role is to provide office support including customer and employee support.

Sue Tilley

Economic Strategy Manager (Business)

As a young mum, I started a business with a friend, designing and making a range of ladies wear, sold through party plans, ultimately opening two retail outlets ‘Classy Rags’. We opened a factory to design, manufacture and supply bespoke corporate clothing to major blue chip companies both nationally and overseas, growing the business from £Zero to £2.5m. With customers such as EuroDisney, Stena Line, Debenhams, Connex, Toyota, Ford, Holiday Inns and First Group there was never a dull moment.

After 17 years we successfully sold the business to one of the UK’s largest private sector investors. Another exciting ten years in textiles followed as Design Director, Business Development director.

I have been working in Inward Investment and economic development since 2008.

Current Role: I am Economic Strategy Manager for Business at the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership.  I have been working in economic development for 10 years, initially as Head of Inward Investment for Leicester and Leicestershire and subsequently managing a £21m Regional Growth Fund Programme, ERDF activities and LLEP Business Gateway (Growth Hub).

I am passionate about business, understanding the challenges and demands first hand having successfully grown my own start-up company into a scale up businesses, building turnover to £2.5m with 40 employees, designing, manufacturing and supplying uniforms to blue chip clients. I took the strategic decision to sell the business to one of the UK’s largest private investors followed by ten years as Business Development Director for industry leader Alexandra plc.

My breadth of experience means I understands the diverse and complete needs of business from start up, to scale up, Board level and plc.

Gerarde Manley

Enterprise Co-ordinator

I have always worked in the skills sector starting off with the NHS on their e-learning programmes for non-clinical staff and progressing  a Regional Manager for Learndirect and also a Skills Development Manager for the Learning and Skills Council.

More recently I have worked as a Training Consultant with employers across Leicester and Leicestershire to advise on upskilling their workforce and I have spent the last year in the private sector as the Head of Training and Development for a national training company.

Current Role: An Enterprise Coordinator my role sits at the heart of the Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN), a cluster of schools and colleges working to support the development of sustainable careers and enterprise strategies with senior leadership teams and high level business volunteers. A large part of my role is to co-ordinate effective relationships between business, schools and colleges, focusing everyone’s efforts on programmes and activities that are most effective in motivating young people, supporting independent choice, and creating positive outcomes for
young people.

This is a key in supporting the LLEP objective to ensure that local people are equipped with the relevant skills that businesses need and young people are ready for the world of work on continuous studies.

Laura Sherlock

Enterprise Co-ordinator

I read History at Newcastle University where I received a scholarship to study Japanese history. Following graduation, due to the devastating impacts of the tsunami, I was prevented from participating in the JET Programme as a Coordinator for International Relations. This sudden change in circumstances started me on a path of career discovery from editing children’s books to project management for a sports charity. All of these experiences helped me to understand my passion: to educate young people about their options so they are better prepared than I ever was about the jobs market. After a couple of years in a school I secured a position as Enterprise Coordinator at the LLEP.

Current Role: I work alongside two other Enterprise Coordinators, delivering the Enterprise Advisor Network programme. Our aim is to bring together local business leaders and the senior leadership teams of Leicestershire’s schools to develop strong, locally embedded, careers education programmes that better prepare young people for the world of work. The job is varied as each school and each business leader has a different approach but that is why the programme works so well – there is no one simple answer. The 2017 Careers Strategy and the 2018 Statutory Guidance have reinforced the work we are doing and moved careers education back up the agenda. It is an exciting time to be working in this sector.

 

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