Growing Business Fund Panel

The Growing Business Fund Panel in July 2018

The LEP’s Growing Business Fund Panel makes decisions on behalf of the Investment Appraisal Committee on allocations of funding through the LEP’s Growing Business Fund.

The committee comprises a total of ten voting members. All voting members are from the private sector including the independent Chair. One private sector member will be a member of the LEP Board and will also sit on the Investment Appraisal Committee. This individual will act as the LEP board champion for the GBF programme. Each Panel Member will be expected to sign a Declaration, in confirmation of their appointment to the Panel and acceptance of the Panel’s Terms of Reference.

You can read the Growing Business Fund Panel's Terms of Reference here.

Dates for 2020

Dates for 2019

Dates for 2018

Mike Burrows (2)

Mike Burrows

Chair of GBF Panel

Mike is a chartered accountant whose career in practice was with KPMG and Grant Thornton as an audit and advisory partner. Since retiring from practice in 2008,  he has held a variety of non-executive and trustee roles in the private and the public sector, notable in health and education and skills. He is chair of the Board of Governors at East Coast College, a trustee of Sheringham Little Theatre and represents NALEP on the Eastern Agri-Tech Programme Delivery Board.

To see Mike's Register of Interests, click here.


Jeanette Wheeler

Partner, Birketts LLP (Deputy Chair of GBF Panel)

Jeanette heads up Birketts’ employment law team in Norfolk and Suffolk as well as its other regional offices and sits on the firm’s Management Board. She is ranked in the elite ‘Leading Lawyers’ list of lawyers nationwide [Legal 500 UK 2015]. She is a recent past President of the Norfolk and Norwich Law Society and former Chair of the Norwich Business Women’s Network. She currently sits on one of the Norfolk Chamber Area Councils.

To see Jeanette's Register of Interests, click here.


Dominic Keen


Dominic is CEO of Britbots (, a seed fund investing in and mentoring some of the fastest growing robotics companies in the UK. Having previously worked in engineering and software, Dominic is a champion for the British robotics industry and brings expertise in this growing sector to the LEP board.

To see Dominic's Register of Interests, click here.

Jackie Potter

Jackie Potter

Finance Director, Micropress Printers Limited

Jackie joined Micropress in early 2019. Micropress is a family owned printing and publishing business with a turnover in excess of £18m, currently employing 180 people. Jackie is responsible the financial strategy of the group. Previous to this Jackie was Finance Director for Gough Hotels for 16 years, after embarking on an early career in accountancy with regional firm Scrutton Bland.

To see Jackie's Register of Interests, click here

Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart

Deputy General Manager, Center Parcs

Paul has over 20 years of Senior Management experience in the leisure and hospitality sector. After seven years working in London as General Manager at David Lloyd Leisure, Paul returned to Suffolk in 2003 to join Center Parcs Elveden Forest, working as Leisure Services Manager for ten years, before moving to his current role of Deputy General Manager. He is responsible for providing leadership for day to day operations, staff development and delivering large capital investment projects. Paul is keen to share his commercial experience with local businesses and support the business community through his role on the GBF panel.

To see Paul's Register of Interests, click here.

Martin Ince

Martin Ince

Director, Martin Ince Communications Ltd

Martin Ince lives in Suffolk and runs a small communications and training company working in research and higher education. He was formerly deputy editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement and has been president of the Association of British Science Writers. He works around the world as chair of the Global Academic Advisory Board for the QS World University Rankings, which he helped found in 2004. A prolific popular science writer, he is astronomy expert on BBC Radio Suffolk and recently produced a public report on oceanography for Kiel University in Germany.

To see Martin's Register of Interests, click here.

Dr Sumanthi Sundram

Dr Sumathi Sundram

Director, Healthcare S&V Consultants Ltd

Dr Sundram has more than 25 years experience in health sector including as a Director of Finance in the NHS, where she developed and managed the performance of health service contracts for specialist, secondary and primary health services. She has also advised on UK health policy through Department of Health resource allocation working groups on R&D, specialist service definition and primary care. Dr Sundram has a PhD in Health Service Management, Accounting and Economics and a MBA from Cranfield University, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

To see Dr Sundram's Register of Interests, click here.

Daryl Griffiths

Daryl Griffiths

Chief Executive, Burnett Barker Solicitors

With almost 30 years' experience in the legal sector, Daryl took the helm at Burnett Barker Solicitors in 2016. Echoing the sentiments of entrepreneur Victor Kiam who “liked the company so much he bought it”, he led a management buyout of the Bury St Edmunds firm, having risen through the ranks after first joining as a school-leaver back in 1990.

Fostering relations with community and business organisations, delivering on the firm’s commitment to make a positive impact in the community and environment, Daryl is an advocate of the important role of local business and mentors business leaders on many aspects of everyday business.

To see Daryl's Register of Interests, click here.