New Anglia Board Meeting Minutes (Confirmed)
20th May 2020
Sam Chapman-Allen (SC)
Breckland Council
Claire Cullens (CC)
Norfolk Community Foundation
David Ellesmere (DE)
Ipswich Borough Council
Doug Field (DF)
East of England Coop
C-J Green (CG)
Brave Goose
John Griffiths (JG)
West Suffolk Council
Matthew Hicks (MH)
Suffolk County Council
Pete Joyner (PJ)
Shorthose Russell
Helen Langton (HL)
University of Suffolk
Dominic Keen (DK)
Corrienne Peasgood (CP)
Norwich City College
Andrew Proctor (AP)
Norfolk County Council
Johnathan Reynolds (JR)
Alan Waters (AW)
Norwich City Council
Jeanette Wheeler (JW)
Kathy Atkinson (KA)
Kettle Foods
Mark Ash (MA)
Suffolk County Council
Sue Roper (SR)
Suffolk County Council
Vince Muspratt (VM)
Norfolk County Council
Shan Lloyd (SL)
Chris Dashper (CD)
New Anglia LEP - For Item 6
Chris Starkie (CS)
New Anglia LEP
Rosanne Wijnberg (RW)
New Anglia LEP
Helen Wilton (HW)
New Anglia LEP
Actions from the meeting: (20.05.20)
Restart and Rebuild - Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan
To receive a paper on the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on employment in the region
N Waller
Investment Appraisal Committee Nominations
Private sector board members to forward nominations for the vacant position on the IAC to
Welcome from the Chair
Doug Field (DF) welcomed everyone to the meeting and welcomed C-J Green, Kathy Atkinson and
Mark Ash.
Apologies were received from Tim Whitley, Sandy Ruddock and Steve Oliver.
Declarations of Interest
Jeanette Wheeler, (JW), Corrienne Peasgood (CP) and Andrew Proctor (AP) declared an interest in
Item 7 - Growing Places Fund Food Innovation Centre Investment.
Full declarations of interest can be found at
Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes were accepted as a true record of the meeting held on 21st April.
LEP Response to COVID-19
Chris Starkie (CS) presented the paper to the board and highlighted key areas.
CS confirmed that the first applications to the Resilience and Recovery Scheme had been
received with the first application processed and funds paid out within 10 days. Enquiries
continue to be received and the fund has a healthy pipeline.
The vacancies page on the LEP website has proved successful with 2000 views in the first
week in May. Work is ongoing to improve the functionality of the pages.
The PPE database has 300 suppliers registered of which 50% are local companies offering
850 different types of PPE. 198 users from the care sector have registered as users. The
next phase is to open it up to businesses and provide access to products assisting them in
getting employees back into the workplace.
The meeting discussed promotion of the scheme and the successful applicants and CS
confirmed that all would be promoted as soon as all commercial details had been finalised.
Matthew Hicks (MH) noted that Suffolk County Council were setting up a similar database
and CS confirmed that the LEP were in regular conversation with SCC on activities.
Communications teams from the LEP also hold regular meetings with counterparts from
local authorities to ensure that all messages are consistent.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
Restart and Rebuild - Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan
CS reviewed the paper noting that the proposed approach was also being presented to the
Norfolk and Suffolk Leaders for approval.
The plan aims to work with local partners to build a phased approach to economic recovery
beginning with a 12 month tactical restart phase providing practical support to businesses
which will be followed by a 3-5 year strategic plan.
Claire Cullens (CC) highlighted the importance of the Voluntary Sector (VS) as a key
partner which would provide opportunities for skills development and employment in the
CS agreed and confirmed that each sector would have its own workplan and that sectors
would be broader than those detailed in the Local Industrial Strategy (LIS). It was agreed
that those key sectors identified in the LIS would not be lost but would be widened with
other sectors included.
The board agreed that it was important for the tactical plans to be in place as soon as
CS confirmed that the restart phase would focus on activity and the rebuild phase would
incorporate details from the LIS and the Economic Strategy (ES) to provide a new strategy
to be published next summer.
Johnathan Reynolds (JR) stressed the support for rebuilding using clean growth and noted
the potential jobs losses in the oil and gas industry could impact heavily in the region
CS confirmed that clean and inclusive growth would be part of the plan and, although the
establishment of the Clean Growth Taskforce has been delayed, it could form part of the
next phase.
Helen Langton (HL) asked whether the Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited branding would be used
in the plan and suggested that the use of the word “unlimited” be incorporated to stress the
continued belief in the local economy.
HL also noted the significant impact the crisis was having on unemployment and skills and
felt that this area needed to be given more emphasis with reference to upskilling and
CS confirmed that the NSU brand would be included and that references to key Brexit
dates and impacts would be added as per MH’s request.
The Board noted the concerns that that significant numbers of redundancies were possible
when the furlough scheme ended.
It was agreed that the Board would receive a paper on redundancies and economic
impacts at the next meeting.
CS noted that the plan was organic and had an aggressive timeline in order for it to be
signed off in June.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
To endorse the development of a Norfolk and Suffolk economic recovery plan in two
phases Restart and Rebuild as outlined in the paper
N Waller
To receive a paper on the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on employment in the region
Growing Places Fund - Food Innovation Centre Investment - Confidential
JW, CP & AP left the meeting
JW, CP & AP returned to the meeting
LEP Capital Budget 20/21- Confidential
Rosanne Wijnberg (RW) presented the budget and highlighted key items.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
Continuing Business
RW presented the paper to the Board and highlighted key items noting that the process for
identifying the next phase of Institutes of Technology was on hold but that discussions
were continuing with partners.
RW advised that the payments of Local Growth Funding had been split this year with 2/3
paid on in May with the remaining 1/3 in September subject to a review on the progress of
Growth Through Innovation Fund - JR asked for the programme to be linked to the
Innovation Board to ensure priorities are aligned. RW confirmed that she will contact JR to
make sure communication with the Innovation Board is maintained.
New Anglia Capital (NAC) - Dominic Keen (DK) updated the meeting on the discussions at
the latest NAC board meeting. DK asked for the Board’s approval for NAC to reduce its
conditions on employment and match funding requirements to allow companies to get
funding in place. CS confirmed the support of the LEP Executive team for the change and
JW offered to provide support on the parameters.
The amendments were agreed by the Board
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
To approve the amendments to the operating parameters of NAC as detailed
Management Accounts - Q1 2020
RW presented the quarterly management accounts to the board noting there was a rollover
of £16m in grants due to slower than anticipated spend.
JR asked if there were any themes to the delays across the projects.
RW advised that some were due to issues within the projects such as delays in obtaining
planning permission but more recent delays are as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. Projects
have been asked to review and restructure spend.
RW also noted that the audit is underway and is being carried out by uploading documents
to an online portal.
To note the content of the report
May Performance Reports and Programme Dashboard
RW presented the reports for May and asked for approval of the Growth Deal Dashboard.
The Board agreed:
To note the contents of the reports
To approve the Growth Deal Quarterly Dashboard
Investment Appraisal Committee Chair, Vice Chair and Membership
RW advised the meeting that, following the departure of Lindsey Rix, there is a vacancy for
the role of Chair of the IAC.
RW confirmed that David Ellesmere (DE) and DK had been nominated for the roles of
Chair and Vice Chair respectively and asked for approval from the Board for both
The appointments were approved unanimously by the Board.
RW asked for nominations from the private sector board members for the current vacancy
on the IAC.
The Board agreed:
To endorse the appointments of David Ellesmere and Dominic Keen as Chair and Vice
Chair of the IAC
For private sector board members to forward nominations for the vacant position on the
Board Forward Plan
CS advised that the agenda for the June meeting is being finalised and agreed that the
Economic Recovery Plan and an update paper on Brexit will be added.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the plan
Any Other Business
CS briefed the Board on the roundtable held with the Minister for Business and Industry
Nadhim Zahawi MP and the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government Simon Clarke
MP in which New Anglia LEP participated along with the Oxford-Cambridge Arc LEPs. 5
current and one past LEP private sector board members participated and were able to pose
questions to the ministers.