Our Board

New Anglia LEP's Board is business-led. The Board is comprised of talented and highly committed leaders from the private sector, public sector and education. Their role is to guide and advise the executive team to ensure razor sharp focus on activities to help grow jobs and remove the barriers to growth, for business.

The Board is required to approve the LEP’s significant and strategic decisions, including annual budget and business plans and the LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan. It also retains overall responsibility for risk and performance.

Our Board members give their time voluntarily to support the LEP.

The LEP Board is also the decision-making body for areas covered by its Sub boards and committees. Any delegation of decision making by these boards must be agreed by the LEP board.

We publish a Register of Interests for each LEP Board member - each member's individual register is beneath their biography below. Declarations of interests are also recorded in the minutes of the monthly Board Meeting and are managed in accordance with our Standards of Conduct Policy to which all employees and Board Members adhere.

You can read the job description for the Chair of the Board here.

Dates for 2020





Articles of Association

Doug Field, chair of New Anglia LEP

Doug Field

Joint Chief Executive, East of England Co-op

Doug is Chair of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. His career includes four years at Christie Group plc as Group Financial Controller and six years at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Bristol. He joined the Co-op as Finance Controller in 2008 and swiftly rose to the position of joint Chief Executive, joining a five-strong Leadership team. Doug oversees the finances of the business and all aspects of technology from PCs to till points.

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


Jeanette Wheeler

Partner, Birketts LLP

Jeanette is the LEP's Deputy Chair. 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 (www.britbots.com), 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


Steve Oliver

Chairman, MLM Group

Steve Oliver has been part of MLM for 25 years. MLM has grown from a small structural consulting business in Ipswich to a national and international company employing 375 people in 12 UK offices and in Europe, South America and the Middle East. He currently leads the company’s overseas activities and is also a director of MLM Consulting Engineers Ltd. Steve is also an active member of our Building Growth Group which seeks to address barriers to growth in the construction sector.

To see Steve'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.

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


Johnathan Reynolds

Director, Opergy

Johnathan has more than 15 years’ experience in the energy sector. He has been a director at Lowestoft-based Opergy since 2010, working with start-ups and social enterprises to multinational firms and government bodies across all areas of clean growth, technology commercialisation and strategy development.

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


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.

Peter Joyner – New LEP Board member 2019 – high res.

Pete Joyner

Managing Director Shorthose Russell

Pete Joyner began his career working in public relations in London and Cambridge before returning to Norwich in the mid-2000s. He is Managing Director of marketing communications agency Shorthose Russell, leading the growth of the agency and its sister travel and tourism arm Thissaway. He has extensive experience of delivering communication and digital strategies for local, regional and international brands across the private and public sector.

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

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Claire Cullens

Chief Executive of Norfolk Community Foundation

Claire Cullens has been the Chief Executive of Norfolk Community Foundation since the beginning of 2018 and previously worked as the Foundation’s Development Manager. Claire has a wealth of experience in business development from a varied and international career that included establishing markets for confectionery in both Japan and Russia. She is passionate about making Norfolk a better place for everyone. During her time in Norfolk she has been active in the voluntary sector as a Business Mentor for the Princes Trust, a governor at the Hewett School and recently as a Director of Pro Help.

To see Claire's Register of Interests, click here


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.

To see Andrew's Register of Interests, click here

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Matthew Hicks

Leader, Suffolk County Council

Matthew Hicks was elected as the Leader of Suffolk County Council in May 2018. He is also currently the Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Infrastructure and Broadband. Matthew was elected as the County Councillor for the Thredling division in 2013. He was appointed as the Assistant Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services in May 2014.  Matthew was subsequently appointed as the Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection in May 2015.

To see Matthew'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.

To see Alan'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.


John Griffiths

Leader, West Suffolk Council

First elected in 1997, John Griffiths has been Leader of West Suffolk Council, since May 2019 . He has overseen an extensive capital programme to secure the borough’s future prosperity, including £20m investment in Haverhill and over £100m in Bury St Edmunds. He is a Cambridge blue, an experienced international banker and managing director of Lynton Bardwell Ltd and CL BES Ltd. He sits on a number of regional bodies including the East of England Regional Assembly.

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

Sam Chapman-Allen

Sam Chapman-Allan

Leader of Breckland Council

Sam was first elected to the Council in 2007 and joined Brecklands Cabinet in 2015 as Deputy Leader with responsibility for the Councils Transformation Programme, Inward Investment and Growth Delivery throughout the District. In May 2019 Sam became Leader of the Council and is ultimately responsible for setting the strategic direction of the authority. Sam currently sits on the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) Board and is a Local Government Peer in which he is asked to support other Councils throughout the Country. Outside Local Government, Sam worked for nine years with the Ministry of Defence and still holds a volunteer appointment.

To see Sam's Register of Interests, click here

Corrienne Peasgood

Corrienne Peasgood OBE

Principal, City College Norwich
Corrienne became Principal of City College Norwich (CCN) in 2012, fifteen years after joining the college as a lecturer in plumbing. She is passionate about student success and ensuring that CCN is the college that Norfolk’s employers, communities and learners need it to be.  Corrienne is Skills Lead for the LEP’s Building Growth Group, Vice Chair of the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership Board for Norfolk, and she sits on the Boards of the Norwich Opportunity Area and Forum Trust. She represents the Eastern Region’s colleges as an elected member of the Board of the Association of Colleges.
Helen Langton

Professor Helen Langton

Professor Helen Langton joined the University of Suffolk from the University of South Wales where she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor and a Professor in Children’s Cancer Nursing Education.

Helen has held a number of senior posts in universities in the UK and has a range of experience across health and social care, science, social science and education.
Helen has been a member of a number of national boards and bodies including with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Department of Health and the Quality Assurance Agency. Helen is Chair of Governors at an independent school, member of the UK Health Education Advisory Committee for the Office for Students and Research England and just became a trustee of East Anglia Children’s Hospice.
Internationally Helen has held board membership for the Academy of Health Care Improvement, and the De Souza Nursing Institute in Toronto, Canada and is an Editor of the International Journal of Child Health Care.

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