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The LEP Board

Bringing together local authorities with private sector expertise to support communities and deliver growth

The LEP board includes the leaders of the three local authorities of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, chairs of the region’s Business Boards, and representatives from key sectors across the Marches.

LEP Board members

Mandy Thorn MBE DL

Mandy was appointed Chair of the Marches LEP in September 2019. A leading figure in the social care sector, Mrs Thorn..

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Sonia Roberts

Sonia has served on The Marches LEP Board since September 2015 and is the Champion for both Diversity and the..

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Cllr David Hitchiner

Cllr Hitchiner's alternate on the Marches LEP Board is Cllr Ellie Chowns. Cllr David Hitchiner was appointed to The Marches..

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Cllr Ellie Chowns

Cllr Chowns acts as Cllr David Hitchiner's alternate on The Marches LEP Board...

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Cllr Peter Nutting

Cllr Nutting's alternate on the Marches LEP Board is Cllr Steve Charmley. As Leader of Shropshire Council, Cllr Nutting has..

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Cllr Steve Charmley

Cllr Charmley acts as Cllr Peter Nutting's alternate on The Marches LEP Board..

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Cllr Shaun Davies

Cllr Davies' alternate on the Marches LEP Board is Cllr David Wright. Cllr Shaun Davies has served on The Marches..

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Cllr David Wright

Cllr Wright acts as Cllr Shaun Davies' alternate on The Marches LEP Board...

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Christine Snell

Christine was appointed to the Marches LEP Board in January 2020. A business partner in award-winning fruit growing business, AJ..

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Dr Catherine Baxter

Catherine was appointed to the Marches LEP Board in January 2020. With a career spanning over 30 years in senior..

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James Staniforth

Appointed to The Marches LEP Board in May 2018, James chairs the LEP’s Skills Advisory Panel. James Staniforth is the..

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Paul Kalinauckas

Paul has been a part of The Marches LEP Board since May 2018 and is the Access to Finance Champion...

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Ruth Shepherd

Ruth Shepherd was appointed to The Marches LEP Board in July 2019 and is the founding director of Results Communications..

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Sara Williams

Sara was appointed to The Marches LEP Board in July 2019. With a career forged in the Marches cluster, Sara brings..

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Beth Heath

Beth Heath joined the board of the Marches LEP in February 2021 after being appointed Chair of the Shropshire Business..

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Frank Myers MBE

Serving on The Marches LEP Board since November 2014, Frank is also Chairman of Herefordshire Business Board and a member..

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Paul Hinkins

As the Chair of Telford & Wrekin Business Board, Paul has been on The Marches LEP Board since May 2014..

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Andrew Manning Cox

Andrew Manning Cox has been on The Marches LEP Board since January 2018 and is also Chairman of the Hereford..

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