New Anglia Investment Appraisal Committee

The LEP's Investment Appraisal Committee ensures allocation of funding is delivered appropriately through the LEP’s Growing Places Fund, Growing Business Fund, Capital Growth Programme, Enterprise Zone Accelerator Fund, and other funds as appropriate. It acts on behalf of the LEP board to ensure that the funding allocations support the development of schemes that deliver the Economic Strategy and are made in accordance with the Assurance Framework.

The committee comprises a total of eight members. Seven committee members will be members of the LEP Board - four private sector and three from the public sector. The remaining member will be the Accountable Body Section 151 officer or their representative.

You can read the Investment Appraisal Committee Terms of Reference here.





Lindsey Rix

Managing Director, Savings and Retirement, Aviva

Lindsey is the LEP's Deputy Chair. She joined Aviva in September 2014 as Chief Operating Officer of the UK & Ireland General Insurance business. Prior to this she was a Managing Director at Santander, most recently responsible for the development of their Private Banking and Wealth Management business, and previously in various MD roles within the Corporate and Commercial Business all reporting to the head of UK banking. She has also held various positions at Barclays in their Corporate and Commercial businesses.

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


David Ellesmere

Leader, Ipswich Borough Council

David has been Leader of Ipswich Borough Council since May 2011. He has served as a councillor in Ipswich for sixteen years. Originally from Yorkshire, David moved to Ipswich in 1992 after gaining a degree in Artificial Intelligence from Sussex University. He currently works as a Senior Developer for HTK Ltd, a local Ipswich business specialising in mass notification and marketing automation services. High profile customers include the Met Police and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.

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


Alan Waters

Leader, Norwich City Council

As the Leader of Norwich City Council Alan’s priorities include economic development and responsible employment by championing the living wage for Norwich. Alan has extensive experience of delivering training and development programmes for Councillors as the Learning and Development Manager of the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU). He is also a member of the editorial board of Local Economy, based at South Bank University.

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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.

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Sandy Ruddock

Sandy Ruddock

Scarlett and Mustard

Sandy runs high end food business Scarlett & Mustard. Scarlett and Mustard makes a range of award-winning sweet and savoury condiments, which are stocked in some of the most prestigious foodhalls around the world including Harrods, Selfridges, Partridges, Booths and Lakeland.

Sandy is New Anglia LEP's SME business board representative, making sure that the interests of SMEs are represented.

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


Dr Tim Whitley

Managing Director, Research and Innovation, BT

Tim heads BT’s global innovation campus (Adastral Park) which has 3500 BT staff and is home to 70 other large and small high tech companies employing a further 700 people. Tim has been with BT for over 30 years, having started his career as a field engineering apprentice in his native Wales. As Managing Director of Research and Innovation, he oversees the practical implementation of emerging technology and is heavily involved in the roll-out of superfast broadband.

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Andrew Proctor

Leader, Norfolk County Council

Leader of Norfolk County Council since June 2018. Previously Leader of Broadland District Council 2011-2018 and Deputy Leader for 8 years prior to that. LGA Member Peer with considerable experience in corporate peer challenges and specific areas such as planning. Past Chairman of Broadland Growth Ltd a joint venture development company between Broadland District Council and Norfolk Property Services delivering a multi-award winning Passivhaus scheme. Chair of Repton Board and Norse Board. Member of LGA Commercial Advisory Board. Key areas of expertise in finance, strategic planning and wider commercial activities.

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Martin Williams – IAC

Martin Williams

Director – Santander Corporate Banking

Martin has 34 years in business / corporate banking supporting a wide variety of businesses ranging from SME’s to large multinationals. He is currently spearheading Santander’s regional growth of the Large Corporate portfolio, previously Clydesdale Bank where he was a founder partner in the Bank’s Essex and Suffolk offices and various roles at Barclays in Suffolk and Essex.

To see Martin's Register of Interest click here