Andrew Cliffe

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) has shined the spotlight on Andy Cliffe, LLEP board member and Managing Director of East Midlands Airport.

As a qualified accountant, Andy has worked for Manchester Airports Group (MAG) since 1999, holding a variety of financial, strategic planning and commercial roles. Prior to this, I worked in the commercial property sector and the NHS.

We caught up with Andy and asked him 10 questions about his job, hobbies and what it means to be a LLEP board member. Here is what he has to say!


  1. What motivates you?

I like to see things improve and become better and being part of that, is what motivates me.


  1. What do you do for fun/ what are your hobbies?

Apart from transporting three children between lots of activities, I enjoy doing triathlons to keep fit.


  1. How would you describe a typical Friday evening?

A long wait on the motorway!


  1. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

It would depend – anywhere from New York, to a sunny beach holiday.


  1. What has been your favourite job role?

What I do now is my favourite.


  1. What’s your finest achievement in your work?

I think our recent runway refurbishment; it was not only a UK first in terms of innovation, but the teamwork was outstanding.


  1. What has been your most memorable experience (professional or personal)?

Probably the arrival of my three children.


  1. What is the one bit of advice would you give to your 18 yr old self?

Be ambitious. 


  1. How long have you been on the LLEP board?

This is the start of my second spell having been in post since 2014.


  1. As a valued board member, how do you see yourself contributing to the LLEP?

The LLEP has a really important role in contributing to the improvement and prosperity of the Leicester and Leicestershire region.  Bringing private sector experience to that, is how I hope to contribute.


Watch out for more profiles on the LLEP board members in the future!

The LLEP is governed by a Board of 14 leaders representing the private, public and voluntary sector and it is chaired by a leading business representative. The Board provides leadership, oversight, challenge and reviews the delivery of the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP). To find out more about the board members roles and the structure of the LLEP, click here.