Stuart Baker

Solent LEP

Stu was appointed to Head of Local Growth in March 2014. Prior to this, Stu had worked for the Solent LEP since July 2013, seconded from Solent Transport for two days per week, providing the LEP Board with strategic transport advice and support. During that time, Stu also managed Solent Transport (formerly TfSHIoW), which is the strategic transport planning partnership of the four Local Transport Authorities of the Solent area. Before taking up the TfSHIoW role, Stu held transport planning posts at Hampshire County Council and at District Councils, so has worked across the local authority spectrum.

Prior to his career in transport, Stu worked as a secondary and sixth-form teacher of Geography at three schools in England and Wales, as a commercial insurance underwriter at Axa, and as a commercial insurance team leader at Aon. Stu has two degrees, a BA in Geography from the University of Portsmouth and an MSc in Transport Planning and Management from the University of Westminster. He was also one of the first in the country to be awarded Transport Planning Professional (TPP) status, the professional qualification for transport planners.

Stu was born in Southampton and has lived in the area for most of his life.

Richard Jones

Solent LEP

Richard joined the Solent LEP in February 2011, with the board still in shadow form, and provided executive and communications support to the board in relation to development of all major areas of work. Richard is now Head of Policy, Communications and Partner Engagement at the Solent LEP.

Before joining the LEP team, Richard held a number of communication based roles in a variety of organisations; including Portsmouth City Council and the Labour Party. Richard holds two degrees; a BA in Media and Sociology from the University of London and an MA in Political Communications from Cardiff University. With the exception of time spent away at University, Richard has lived in the Solent region his entire life and is currently based in the Portsmouth area.