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Our Team

The New Anglia LEP team is responsible for the day to day running of the Local Enterprise Partnership. This includes supporting the New Anglia board, delivering its strategy, liaising with Government, identifying activities to support jobs growth, securing funding and engaging with the business community.


Chris Starkie

Chief Executive

Chris is responsible for the day to day running and development of the Local Enterprise Partnership. Working closely with the Board, Chris guides the strategic direction of the LEP, ensuring it retains its focus on creating jobs and removing the barriers to economic growth. Chris enables New Anglia businesses to have a voice at the highest possible level, by representing them at Westminster and liaising with key influencers on the topics that are important for our region.

To see Chris' Register of Interests, click here.

Email: chris.starkie@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 01603 510070

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Helen Wilton

PA to Chief Executive

Helen is the first point of contact for all general enquiries to New Anglia, ensuring that callers are directed to the most appropriate member of the team. She is also responsible for supporting the chief executive with his day to day work; enabling him to focus on his strategic role supporting Norfolk and Suffolk businesses. Helen also provides secretariat for the LEP board of directors.

Email: helen.wilton@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 01603 510070

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Charlotte Purves

Office Manager

Responsible for the effective administration of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership team, Human Resources and Health and Safety, Charlotte ensures that the right systems are in place so that a high level of service is delivered.

Email: charlotte.purves@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 01603 510071.

Strategy Team


Lisa Roberts

Head of Strategy

As Head of Strategy and deputy to Chris, Lisa manages the LEP team responsible for development and implementation of the Economic Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk, EU Structural and Investment Fund and engagement with stakeholders locally and nationally.

Email: lisa.roberts@newanglia.co.uk Mobile: 07584 082651


Marie Finbow

Strategy Manager

Marie’s role is to work with partners on implementation of the Economic Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk and in developing and implementing the local Industrial Strategy.  She is also responsible for managing the LEP’s Operational Plan and the Strategic Risk Register.

Marie also supports the Great Eastern Mainline Task Force.

Email: marie.finbow@newanglia.co.uk Mobile: 07788 280214

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Ellen Goodwin

Infrastructure Manager

Ellen is responsible for developing and implementing the LEP’s infrastructure strategies and plans around housing, transport, digital, utilities and flood defences.  She oversees and supports the work of the LEP’s Infrastructure Boards and their associated infrastructure projects and programmes.

Email: Ellen.Goodwin@newanglia.co.uk Mobile: 07384 258662


Alexander Frost

Economic Analyst

Alex is responsible for providing sound economic analysis and advice across the organisation, whether that’s forecasting the growth of the local economy or assessing the potential costs, benefits and risks of LEP initiatives.

Email: alex.frost@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 01473 466342 Mobile: 07789 931475

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Natasha Waller

Skills Manager

Natasha’s role is to lead the continuous development and implementation of the LEP’s work around skills, working closely with the New Anglia Skills Board and the Local Authority skills teams. Her work includes managing the LEP’s Enterprise Adviser Network contract, supporting the development and implementation of Skills Deals and projects for the Capital Growth programme, coordinating the implementation of sector skills plans and engaging with stakeholders on a regional and national basis.

Email: natasha.waller@newanglia.co.uk Mobile: 07384 253355

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Alexander Riley

Strategy Assistant

As strategy assistant, Alex’s role is primarily to assist the strategy team in the implementation of the new Economic Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk, which runs up to 2036. The role also means assisting the strategy team with research, analysis, local/national stakeholder engagement and administrative support.

Email: alex.riley@newanglia.co.uk Mobile: 07384 254812

Programmes Team


Chris Dashper

Head of Programmes

Chris manages the LEP team responsible for the commissioning and delivery of projects which support the goals and ambitions of the LEP. Projects and programmes include the Growing Places Fund and the Growing Business Fund and business support activity including the New Anglia Growth Hub. The role incorporates the development of future projects, assessing demand and identifying suitable funding sources to take projects and programmes forward.

To see Chris' Register of Interests, click here.

Email: chris.dashper@newanglia.co.uk Mobile: 07788 259141

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Jason Middleton

Programmes Manager

Jason is responsible for the design, development and management of the LEP’s business support programmes, including the Growth Hub, Growing Business Fund, Small Grant Scheme and Start-Up Programme. Working across the LEP and with a wide range of partners, his role is to contract manage the LEP’s business facing support, ensuring it provides businesses with the support they need to develop and grow. Jason is also the LEP’s lead on State Aid and programme performance reporting.

Email: jason.middleton@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 01603 510078 Mobile: 07818 454134


Iain Dunnett

Growing Places Fund Coordinator

Iain is the first point of contact for Growing Places Fund applicants. He promotes the programme and helps to identify suitable and innovative projects that could benefit from the fund. Iain also provides support, advice and guidance on other funding sources and options. Iain is also the LEP lead on the Green Economy Partnership.

Email: iain.dunnett@newanglia.co.uk Mobile: 07780 434930


Nataliya Klymko

Growth Programme Coordinator

Nataliya’s main focus is to support and ensure the successful delivery of the ERDF funded New Anglia Business Growth Programme, which is being delivered with key partners. She supports the Programmes Manager to oversees the Growth Programme’s business support schemes - New Anglia Growth Hub, providing 1:2:1 business support and signposting businesses to available business support services, Small Grant Scheme, providing grants to local SMEs, and Start-Up Programme providing support to individuals and early stage businesses.

Email: nataliya.klymko@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 01603 510073 Mobile: 07769 213079

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Fran Rice

Growth Programme Finance and Compliance Officer

Fran’s main role is to administer the Finance and Compliance issue relating to the ERDF funded New Anglia Business Growth Programme, both internally with the LEP and with key partners. Working closely with the Business Growth Programme Coordinator and support the Programme Manager in the delivery of the programme.

Email: francess.rice@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 01603 510086 Mobile: 07393 148322

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Rose Joy

Growth Programme Administrator

Rose’s role is to provide administrative support to the ERDF funded New Anglia Business Growth Programme, to ensure the successful delivery of the programme.  Arrange and service the Business Growth Programme Partnership Board, Operational Group and Small Grant Scheme Panel,  including planning and organising meetings, minute taking and general administrative support.

Email: rosemary.joy@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 01603 510085


Julie West

Programmes Coordinator

Julie’s role is to coordinate the implementation of a range of LEP business support programmes including the Growing Business Fund, Oil and Gas Support Scheme, Eastern Agritech Initiative and to support the Programmes Manager in the review of existing programmes and development of new programmes.

Email: julie.west@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 07808 060940


Barry Henson

Programme Manager, Growth Grants & Loans

Barry’s role centres on the day to day management of some of the LEP’s key growth initiatives and also includes monitoring of the delivery arrangements for the Growth Programme, encompassing the Growth Hub and other business support programmes managed by external partners. Managing a Casework Team, the work involves completion of approval documentation and drawdown of funding, subsequent control and monitoring of grants and loans, and collating key growth statistics.

Email: barry.henson@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 07769 215387


Emily Manser

Growth Deal Manager

Emily manages the implementation of the LEP’s £290m Growth Deal, working with partners across Norfolk and Suffolk to ensure its successful delivery. She also has a strategic role in helping to develop the new Growth Deal funding and in managing and improving the strategies and policies that are in place to successfully implement Growth Deal. Emily’s background is in programme and project development/ management and external funding. This includes previously coordinating the successful delivery of the Equality at Work project for New Anglia LEP.

For any queries regarding Growth Deal contact Emily at Email: emily.manser@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 07766 258232

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Jonathan Rudd

Growth Deal Coordinator

Jonathan coordinates delivery of Growth Deal capital projects as part the LEP’s economic strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk. He works with delivery partners in developing transport and infrastructure, innovation and enterprise sites, further education and skills based learning facilities. Jonathan previously worked on the Growing Business Fund.

For any queries regarding Growth Deal projects that have been allocated funding contact Jonathan at Email: jonathan.rudd@newanglia.co.uk  Tel: 07384 252312

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Tracie Ashford

Programmes Caseworker

Tracie’s role is to provide administrative support to the Growth Deal and Growing Places Funds to ensure the successful delivery of the programmes. Working closely with the Growing Places Fund Coordinator, Growth Deal Fund Co coordinator and Growth Deal Manager. In particular, Tracie will be helping to ensure that grant claims from projects are processed promptly and will be working with projects on the reporting of outputs achieved.

Email: tracie.ashford@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 01603 510088

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Hannah Smith

Investment Adviser

Hannah’s role is to oversee the investments through New Anglia Capital, which is a new co-investment fund where businesses and entrepreneurs can pitch to angel investors for 50% of the risk capital to kick-start new products and launch innovative ideas.

Email: hannah.smith@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 01603 673 610 Mobile: 07393 765 024

Enterprise Zones and Innovation Team

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Julian Munson

Head of Enterprise Zones and Innovation

Julian leads the team responsible for the Enterprise Zones across Norfolk and Suffolk, ensuring a proactive and effective Enterprise Zone strategy. He is also responsible for working with the Innovation Board to further develop the innovation strategy. Julian is also responsible for the inward investment strategy to ensure the counties are promoted successfully both nationally and internationally.

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

Email: julian.munson@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 01603 510072 Mobile: 07392 087166


Eunice Edwards

Enterprise Zone Manager

Eunice works with partners in the development & delivery of the 16 Enterprise Zones sites across Norfolk and Suffolk. Eunice actively promotes the benefits of the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Enterprise Zone and Space to Innovate Enterprise Zone  to businesses in the East. For businesses that have decided to move in to the Enterprise Zone, Eunice helps them to access other areas of business support & funding.

Email: eunice.edwards@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 07808 647203

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Jennifer McConnell

Enterprise Zone Coordinator

Jen’s role is to promote and support the ten new sites in the Space to Innovate Enterprise Zone established in April 2016.  These include the Nar Ouse Business Park in King’s Lynn and Scottow Enterprise Park at the ex-RAF Coltishall. Jen promotes the benefits of basing your business in an EZ to companies throughout the New Anglia region and beyond and helps them to access other areas of support.

Email: jennifer.mcconnell@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 01603 510084 Mobile: 07392 091 365


Madeleine Coupe

Innovation and Sector Manager

Madeleine’s role is to work with New Anglia LEP’s Sector Groups to provide coordination, support and alignment with the LEP’s growth priorities. Madeleine works with group members to help grow jobs, consider ways to remove barriers to growth, and explore opportunities for cross sector innovation.

Madeleine supports the Sector Groups with communication and engagement, helping them to access business support, funding and PR opportunities.

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Kenny Lang

Innovation and Sector Manager (Maternity Cover)

Kenny’s role is to work with New Anglia LEP’s Sector Groups to provide coordination, support and alignment with the LEP’s growth priorities. Kenny works with group members to help grow jobs, consider ways to remove barriers to growth, and explore opportunities for cross sector innovation.

Kenny supports the Sector Groups with communication and engagement, helping them to access business support, funding and PR opportunities.

Email: kenny.lang@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 01603 510081

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Cathy Frost

Ipswich Vision Coordinator

Cathy is responsible for coordinating the activities of the Ipswich Vision partnership, which is supported by New Anglia LEP. The Ipswich Vision partnership exists to drive growth and regeneration in Ipswich town centre, and the partners are delivering schemes under the themes of Better Transport, Improving Public Spaces and Public Buildings, Better Shopping and Regeneration.

Email: cathy.frost@newanglia.co.uk Mobile: 07780 335490

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Mike Dowdall

Enterprise Zone Adviser

Mike provides technical project advice to partners and the New Anglia team on the roll out of Enterprise Zones across Norfolk and Suffolk. He is an experienced project manager with detailed knowledge of site / building development and planning in the Norfolk and Suffolk area.

Email: mike.dowdall@newanglia.co.uk Mobile: 07392 081377

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Nicole Kritzinger

Inward Investment Manager

Nicole's job is to develop and lead on new strategic and operational activity to promote and target inward investment opportunities, working with key stakeholders, to drive new business investment and expansion within the East, as well as to deliver specific objectives and outcomes of the Invest East project.

Email: nicole.kritzinger@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 01603 510080 Mobile: 07384 252569

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Linn Clabburn

Business Development Manager, Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor

Linn is responsible for the development and management of the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor project. The Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor is a partnership between councils, New Anglia LEP and Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership to drive and support economic growth in a number of key sectors.

Email: linn.clabburn@newanglia.co.uk Mobile: 07766 886273

Communications Team


Hayley Mace

Head of Communications & Engagement

Hayley’s role is to develop, plan and implement New Anglia LEP’s internal and external communications strategy, including PR and marketing, the LEP website, events and relationships with local and national stakeholders.

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

Email: hayley.mace@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 01603 510076 Mobile: 07748 116613


Jim Rice

Press and Digital Media Executive

Jim is responsible for the LEP’s online presence, managing its website and social media accounts. His other responsibilities include internal communications, media relations, PR, marketing and events.

Email: jim.rice@newanglia.co.uk  Tel: 01603 510077  Mobile: 07769 921834

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Scott Whittell

Communications Assistant

Scott is New Anglia LEP’s first apprentice and supports the Communications team with public relations, digital media including social media and analysis, and support for events and campaigns. Scott is working towards a Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration.

Email: scott.whittell@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 01603 510087

Operations Team


Keith Spanton

Financial Controller

Keith is responsible for the overall financial management and compliance of the LEP. As Financial Controller, Keith manages the LEP’s annual budget, growth deal profiling and oversees the finances of the ERDF programme. He also produces the annual statutory accounts. Keith manages the relationship with the LEP’s accountable body and reports on the LEP’s capital programme funds.

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

Email keith.spanton@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 01603 510082

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Lisa Roll

Finance Assistant

Lisa’s role is to work with the Financial Controller, providing support to enable him to focus on the LEP’s overall financial position. She produces monthly management accounts and carries out day to day accounts responsibilities. She also works on finance project work as required.

Email: accounts@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 01603 510083

Norwich Opportunity Area

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Jacqueline Bircham

Norwich Opportunity Area Programme Director

Jacqueline manages the Department for Education Opportunity Area project, which aims to improve social mobility for young people in Norwich.  The project’s focus is to work with partners and stakeholders in the Norwich city area to drive improvements in early years, school quality and attainment, increasing access to post-16 education and higher education, and increased aspiration and access to career education for young people.

Email: Jacqueline.Bircham@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 01603 510074
Mobile: 07795 199609

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Claire Hopwood

Norwich Opportunity Area Administrator

Claire’s role is to provide administrative support to the Norwich Opportunity Area programme, ensuring the successful delivery of the project. Claire administers the Opportunity Area Partnership Board and working groups, including planning and organising meetings, minute taking and general administrative support.

Email: claire.hopwood@newanglia.co.uk Tel: 01603 510074