Anne-Marie Mountifield is the Chief Executive of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership an organisation which works collaboratively with partners across the 12 Solent Local councils, businesses, colleges and the Universities to help shape the region’s future economic growth. Her role is to lead the Solent LEP towards its objective to make Solent a £30 billion economy by 2020, whilst working to deliver an investment plan for the area worth £1.51 billion over the same period
For more than 20 years of her career, Anne-Marie has held senior executive leadership posts in Further Education, the Civil Service (for the Department of Business Innovation an Skills) and Local government before taking up the role at Solent LEP as Chief Executive in 2012.
Her professional background started in industry, moving on to further education and skills and local government before taking up her current role where she leads on the roll out of the Solent Strategic Economic Plan.
Anne-Marie is a member of the Institute of Directors and is also a member of the Web Science Institute Advisory Board.
Chris Ward is Portsmouth City Council’s statutory Chief Financial Officer. He has a duty to secure the proper administration of the Council’s financial affairs in all of its dealings as well as holding a fiduciary responsibility to local taxpayers and a duty to act in the public interest at all times. Chris is responsible for the Council’s overall financial strategy and for overseeing the Council’s £700m budget.
He has worked for the Council for 15 years, rising to his current position in September 2011. Before this, Chris spent 10 years with responsibility for Corporate Finance, Accountancy, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable and throughout that period has been involved in, or been the financial lead, in almost every major project of the City Council. He is also a Director of MMD Limited, a fruit importing business which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the City Council.