The LLEP Board
Chair of the LLEP, Regional Director, Santander Corporate Bank
I have been employed by Santander Corporate Bank since 1999 and have held various senior positions in the Midlands and London, as well as spending time at Santander’s Group Headquarters in Madrid. In 2009, I took up the role of Regional Director of the East Midlands.
Santander is also one of the largest employers in Leicestershire and I feel that I am able to bring a wealth of experience and knowledge in the financial services and business sectors to the LLEP, particularly at a time when access to finance for SMEs is critical to support growth.
I assumed the role of Chair of the LLEP in 2014, having previously served as a Board Member and Chair of the Regional Growth Fund Grant Panel.
We have great strength and depth in the LLEP Board. I have complete confidence in our ability and knowledge to effectively and strategically lead on the high level issues affecting our economy, as well as work with our many partners to drive forward the delivery of growth and prosperity across Leicester and Leicestershire.
Vice-Chair of the LLEP, Partner, RSM UK
I have worked closely with local business for more than three decades. A Chartered Accountant by training, I advise SME’s on a range of areas helping businesses to grow alongside providing essential statutory audit support. As a strong advocate of Leicestershire, I am a prominent member of the local business community being a Board Member of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and former Chairman of the Leicestershire Chamber. Throughout the majority of my career, I was myself a business owner of a successful regional accountancy practice, before joining RSM in Leicester in 2017 as a Partner.
Dr. Sharon Redrobe OBE
Vice-Chair of the LLEP, CEO, Twycross Zoo
I was appointed as CEO of Twycross Zoo in 2013 after leaving Bristol Zoo in 2010 to take up a position of Clinical Associate Professor at the new University of Nottingham vet school and support Twycross Zoo as Zoological Director.
I am a Secretary of State-nominated Zoo Inspector for England. I also serve as a Chair of the Board of Trustees for Ape Action Africa, a rescue centre for chimpanzees and gorillas.
As a passionate conservationist with a science background, I am committed to creating a conservation park with an international standing and also developing strong local links as a major regional employer, leisure attraction and centre for STEM research and training.
Managing Director, East Midlands Airport
As a qualified accountant, I have 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.
During my time at M.A.G., I have been responsible for making investment decisions for the Group’s portfolio of c£1.5bn and managing its £100M annual capital programme. I have led the Group’s £350M property portfolio and its £650M property development programme – Airport City at Manchester, as well as developing the corporate strategy and innovation agenda, ensuring cross-airport business strategies, business planning and the external planning function.
I was appointed to the LLEP Board in 2014 and I feel I offer valuable contribution from a commercial perspective, as well as being involved and leading the distribution and logistics sector.
Andy Reed, OBE
I am the Director of SajeImpact, an organisation which offers a wide variety of bespoke support and advice to Sports Bodies, NGBs, Social Enterprises and Faith Charities, making sure their strategies and communications are effective with the key stakeholders in their sector and bringing social transformation projects to life.
I was formerly the Labour & Co-operative MP for Loughborough between 1997 and 2010.
As well as the work I do through SajeImpact I also serve on a number of Sport Bodies, Christian organisations and local charities as a volunteer. This is part of the reason for SajeImpact to allow a balance of the way I am able to contribute and have impact.
In June 2012, I was awarded an OBE in the Queens Honours List for contribution to sport and the Community and in 2014, I was appointed a Professor of Sport Policy & Development at Liverpool John Moores University.
I am passionate about the Leicester and Leicestershire area, having grown up and lived here for my whole life. I want to add a new dimension to the Board through my varied sporting, political and religious background.
Anil K Majithia
Chair, Voluntary Action LeicesterShire
I am the current Chair of Voluntary Action Leicestershire and alongside this Voluntary Coupled Support (VCS) experience, I have over 30 years of global business experience.
I’m also Governor at Coventry University, Trustee of DSU, Governor of North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College and a member of Governance Committee for Science Council. In addition, I sit on the board of Coventry University Colleges and Serious Games International as a Non-Executive Director
I have an extensive board level experience of governance, strategic management, working with senior executives, influencing stakeholders and contributing to overall wellbeing of the organizations and their future sustainability within commercial and VCS sectors.
My global business experience includes significant expertise around global leadership, technology, outsourcing and business transformation through use of technology. I am a highly experienced professional executive with 30 years’ international experience of delivering major transformational change (Technology, Business, Culture and organizational) within numerous different industry sectors and across different countries.
I’m also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management, a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and a member of the Institute of Directors.
I was born and brought up in Leicester then studied law at Sheffield University. I trained at Stephenson Harwood in London and moved back to Leicester joining what was Harvey Ingram in 1992, where I stayed until December 2016. I then moved to Freeths LLP as a Director in their Dispute Management team based in the Leicester office. I also worked as a Senior Lecturer on the LPC at De Montfort University in the mid 1990s.
My work area is commercial dispute management and I deal with technical and complex commercial/contract disputes, company disputes, warranty claims and employment support work. I was recently involved in a large insurance dispute and worked for a major energy sector client while at Shakespeares.
I have been, and continue to be, involved in various business development projects with the firms I have worked for. At Freeths I am leading a professional women’s networking group as part of a firm wide initiative. I am also a trustee of Big Difference Company – best known for running the Leicester Comedy Festival – which also works with charities in terms of health and well-being projects. My involvement as a trustee involves giving legal advice to the board.
My strong local connections and contacts coupled with the fact that I have spent the vast majority of my career in Leicester and Leicestershire demonstrate my commitment to the development of our region and have enabled me to gain an understanding of the issues that it faces which I look forward to building on as a board member of the LLEP.
Jaspal Singh Minhas
SME Representative, Managing Director, Electrical Design & MFG Co Ltd
I began my career at an electrical installation firm in Sileby, before joining a manufacturing company of which I became the MD and eventually purchased in 2006.
I became the first Asian president of the Leicester Electrical Society and president of Leicestershire Asian Business Association (LABA) in 2006, and have led the formation of the National Asian Business Association. LABA hosts the Indo British Trade Council which has for the last twenty years actively supported inward and outward trade missions, inward investment and bilateral trade to India.
I frequently liaise with Government to ensure that British Asian businesses are given an opportunity to play an active part in promoting British exports and attract inward investment from countries which they have historical, religious and trading ties.
I became a LLEP Board member in 2014 and offer sound business, trade and commercial expertise from many years’ experience.
Marion Plant, OBE
Principal and CEO, North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and South Leicestershire College
As well as my role as Principal and CEO of two Further Education Colleges, I also hold several national roles, including Chair of the AoC World Skills Portfolio group and member of the Skills Show Board, Vice Chair of the Skills and Employability group of the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP, In trustee of the Edge Foundation, a board member of the Church of England Board of Education and Co-Chair of the inter-faith charity FBFE (Faiths and Beliefs in Further Education).
I am passionate about skills education and training, raising aspirations and developing excellent higher level skills in students, particularly apprentices, and I am continually seeking new and innovative ways to connect education with employment.
I have been a LLEP Board member since its inception and I am very proud to be the Further Education and Skills Lead on the Board.
Nick Rushton CC
Leader, Leicestershire County Council
I was first elected to public office in 1986 to represent the Ivanhoe Ward on Ashby Town Council and the Ivanhoe Ward on North West Leicestershire District Council. I was elected to Leicestershire County Council in 1989, serving until 1993, where I was Group Spokesman on the Social Services Committee and Conservative Lead Member on the Scrutiny Commission.
In 2001, I was re-elected to Leicestershire County Council representing the Valley Division and since that time, have been in the ruling Cabinet, Deputy Leader of the County Council and in September 2012, elected as Leader of the County Council.
I also serve on the General Assembly of the Local Government Association nationally, and I am a County Council representative on the County Councils Network.
Dr Nik Kotecha, OBE
CEO, Morningside Pharmaceutical Ltd
As CEO at Morningside Pharmaceutical Ltd, I have utilised my passion for drug discovery and International Trade towards our commitment to “Making Quality Healthcare an Affordable and Accessible Reality throughout the World”.
I understand the needs and challenges faced by businesses through the development and growth of Morningside from a garage start-up to a large corporate over 25 years.
I draw on my expertise in R&D and worldwide ethnic and cultural diversities gained through visiting most continents, and experience of exporting Healthcare products worldwide. I grew up in Leicestershire and I have a strong passion for giving back to the local community, country and International Aid Sectors.
Appointed as a Board Member to the LLEP from July 2017, I want to utilise my knowledge and experiences to assist the board to drive investment, business growth and to create jobs in Leicestershire. I am delighted to represent the Life Sciences sector on the LLEP Board.
Sir Peter Soulsby
City Mayor, Leicester City Council
I am the first elected mayor of Leicester and previously, was M.P. for Leicester South. I was also a Labour councillor for Leicester City Council for nearly 30 years; 17 of which as council leader.
I have also served on the Audit Commission and as deputy chair of British Waterways.
I am proud to be leading the delivery of an inspiring economic action plan for the city that draws on and reinforces the key themes of the LLEP’s growth strategy, alongside streamlining council purchasing processes to benefit local businesses.
Professor Robert J. Allison
Vice-Chancellor and President, Loughborough University
I became Vice-Chancellor and President of Loughborough University in September 2012 after holding roles as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Sussex University and Dean of Social Sciences of Health and Head of the Department of Geography at Durham University.
I was educated at Northallerton Grammar School, before gaining a B.A. in Geography from Hull University in 1982. I then went on to achieve a Ph.D. in Geography from King’s College, University of London in 1986.
I am involved with the Natural Environment Research Council, Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. I have been a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society since 1990 and have also been Chair of the British Society for Geomprohology.
I believe that Universities are fundamental to the success of the local economy on many levels and I am delighted to represent Higher Education on the LLEP Board.