The LLEP Board
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.
Andy Reed, OBE
Deputy Chair of the LLEP, Director, SajeImpact
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.
Director of Commercial Banking, Natwest
Anne-Marie Hunt studied law and psychology at De Montfort University before joining NatWest Bank as a trainee in 2000. Over the last 20 years she has held many positions within the bank, both in Leicester and across the wider East Midlands.
In 2018 she was appointed Director of Commercial Banking in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland – a role which sees her heading up a team of commercial bankers who look after 500 SMEs across the region.
Her team supports a local homeless charity through volunteering and fundraising, helps school pupils through the NatWest’s Moneysense programme, and young people through her work with The Prince’s Trust.
Managing Director, East Midlands Airport
I joined East Midlands Airport as Managing Director in April 2018. Previously I held several senior operational roles at London Stansted Airport.
Joining Stansted in June 2014, I was appointed as the Customer Services and Security Director, responsible for over 800 people and one of the busiest airport terminals in the country, helping to ensure that 60,000 passengers a day have the best possible customer experience at the airport. I became the Asset Management Director in 2016, responsible for ensuring that the Airport infrastructure meets the demands of both our B2B and B2C customer; quite a challenge at one of the fastest growing UK airports.
I started my career in the Royal Air Force initially as an aircraft engineer before retraining as an air traffic controller. After over 20 years in the RAF I joined Serco, carrying out numerous roles culminating as Partnership Director of their Defence and aviation business.
I’m keen to immerse myself within the local community and play and key role in helping to shape and drive forward strategies that will lead to greater regional prosperity.
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.
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.
Director, RM Kingsley
Rani Mahal is a local businesswoman who started out in advertising and telecommunications. She has extensive management experience in textiles, and more recently in property development. Her family-run company, Midland Corsetry, supplies several high street retailers.
Rani is Vice President of the Leicestershire Asian Business Association (LABA) In this role, she champions the contribution of women, running business networking events and enabling local business communities to engage with national government.
Chief Executive, The National Space Sector
I have worked for eight visitor attractions including Madame Tussauds, Alton Towers and the National Space Centre where I have been Chief Executive since its launch in 2001.
The National Space Academy and NSC Creative production company were launched in 2008. This role has introduced me to the space industry in which I have done consultancy work on its conference and skills need, and recently helped develop Government’s Innovation and Growth Strategy for Space.
My partnership work with the University of Leicester, several colleges and a number of space companies, together with my creative industries experience and non-executive roles for five organisations including two start-ups, will help me provide an insight into a range of Leicester and Leicestershire’s priority sectors in the coming years.
As an owner of a Leicester based SME, using digital technology to help businesses run their companies from anywhere in the world, I am keen to grow an environment that encourages the development of a digital & technology skills in our area.
I have served on the Business Board of the LLEP for several years, I am an Enterprise Advisor at my local college – building stronger understanding and working relationships between business & education and I am now privileged to be a governor.
I want to use these experiences and 40 years in business to help us create a vibrant economy and society.
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.
Director, Assist Business Consulting Limited
“This is both a challenging and exciting time for our region and the businesses within it. I am excited to bring my passion for Leicester and Leicestershire together with my experience and knowledge as a business adviser to represent the SMEs that make up such a large proportion of our local businesses.
I look forward to playing a key role in developing strategies to enhance growth and investment in these SMEs, and to positively represent a significant sector of the business community that is served by the LLEP.”
Anil K Majithia
Chair, Voluntary Action LeicesterShire
I am the current Chair of Voluntary Action Leicestershire and alongside this Voluntary and Community Sector (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.
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.
Principal and CEO, Leicester College
I grew up in Hertfordshire and went to a local comprehensive. On gaining a law degree from Oxford University in 1988 I pursued a career in Further Education, beginning with roles at the City and Guilds of London Institute and with Training and Enterprise Councils in the capital. On the creation of the Learning and Skills Council in 2001 I moved into senior management, holding a number of positions including Regional Director for the East Midlands and National Director of Funding, Planning and Performance.
Most recently a senior civil servant with the Skills Funding Agency in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, I was appointed Principal and Chief Executive of Leicester College in January 2013. I currently chair the Student Loans Company’s Advanced Learning Loans Stakeholder Group, the Leicester and Leicestershire Principals’ Group and I am Chair of the Members of a Multi-Academy Trust in the city. I live in Lutterworth with my husband Mark, an artist, and my son.
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.
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.
Cllr Terry Richardson
Leader, Blaby District Council
I commenced my political career as a Parish Councillor for Narborough almost 30 years ago, became a District Councillor in 2011 and, taking over as Leader of Blaby District Council in 2015. I also represent the division of Narborough and Whetstone.
I entered politics to make a difference and, am delighted to represent the Leicestershire District Councils on the LLEP Board.
Before retirement, I worked for a major bank for 41 years, specialising in International Trade and Trade Finance, working with Companies of all sizes to assist them in both Exporting and Importing.
I have been married to my wife Louise for 41 years and we have two children and four grandchildren. Apart from snooker, my active sports days are behind me but I enjoy watching all sports, am an avid reader and enjoy travelling, especially to explore different cultures.
Leader of Charnwood Borough Council
Cllr Jonathan Morgan is the leader of Charnwood Borough Council, the largest district council in Leicestershire and one of the largest districts in England, with a population of around 185,000.
Jonathan, an architect, previously jointly ran one of the UK’s largest consulting practices, before moving to Leicestershire with his family in 2010.
He joined the borough council in 2011 and became its leader in 2017. He is also a Leicestershire county councillor, and in addition serves on a number of regional and national boards.