Board member:

Dr Simone Clarke

Dr Simone Clarke

Simone joined the LEP Board in June 2023 and is the Higher Education Champion and chairs the LEPs Higher Education Group.

About Dr Simone Clarke

Simone has over 25 years of experience working in a range of academic and leadership roles in a diverse range of universities in England and Wales. Simone taught undergraduates during her doctoral studies and worked as a post-doctoral research fellow on an interdisciplinary history and computing project before beginning her career in professional services. She joined Harper Adams in August 2020 having previously held similar senior leadership roles in other universities relating to her current role, and others relating to HE Governance, Research Management, Strategic and Academic Planning.

Simone has experience of leading successful change management programmes relating to educational course portfolio redesigns and restructuring of professional services. She also led an early proof-of-concept sector project on the use of AI and student services (funded by the Leadership Foundation, HEFCE and JISC) and was the project lead for a Strategic Investment Fund programme of organisational change funded by the former Higher Education Funding Council for England (worth £5.7M). Earlier in her career, Simone also ran a hospitality business.

In her current role, Simone is responsible for the learning and teaching, educational development and enhancement, and professional services supporting students: student Services, Accommodation Services, Learner and Disability Support, Admissions and Visa Compliance, Careers and Placements, Registry Services and the Assessment Office, Academic Quality and Standards, Library Services, Planning and Policy.

Simone has represented the sector and individual universities on a range of committees and working groups. In a former role, she was Vice Chair of a shared service relating to internal audit for a number of universities. She has extensive experience of working with higher education governing bodies and their sub-committees, as a member of the senior university leadership team and as a professional secretary directly accountable to the governing body, providing training, professional advice and support services to the Board.


The LEP Board

The Marches LEP board includes the leaders of the three local authorities of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin as well as the chairs of the regions Business Boards.

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The LEP Team

The LEP works with colleagues in the partner local authorities and is supported by a small team of support staff based in Shrewsbury to support The Marches LEP board.

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: | email:

The Marches Careers Hub will continue to be delivered and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Website: | email:

For any queries about Getting Building Fund (GBF), Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Marches Investment Fund (MIF) projects supported by the Marches LEP please contact:

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The solvent liquidation of the Marches LEP is being managed by the Evelyn Partners Limited. For any matter related to this please contact:

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