Stuart Hill

IBM/Solent LEP Board Director

Stuart Hill is the Operations Executive for the IBM UK & Ireland, Global Technology Services Business unit and the Location Executive for the North Harbour location. Stuart joined IBM in 1999 and spent the first 6 years of his IBM career in the United States in a variety of Finance & Operations roles. Prior to joining IBM Stuart, who trained in Production Engineering, held a number sales and general management roles in the Automotive and Defence Industries.

Following his career period with IBM in the US, Stuart returned to the UK, in 2005, and worked in two operations roles at a European level, reporting to the General Manger of IBM's NE European business - based first in the UK and then in 2007 in Zurich, Switzerland. In 2009, Stuart returned to the UK once more when he was appointed at the Operations Executive for the UK & Ireland business unit. and led the first two years of the UK wide Transformation programme.

Stuart is married to Naomi, also an IBM Executive and they have four children. The family live locally - in the village of Curdridge where Stuart is a Parish Councillor and active member of the village community. Stuart is a Governor of Highbury College and is one of the founder members of the Business Leader Group of the Shaping the Future of Portsmouth initiative. Stuart served 15 years in the Royal Navel Reserve where trained as a Navigating Officer. Stuart's hobbies include Motor Sports, tending his garden, music and reading.

Gary Jeffries

Vail Williams /Solent LEP Chairman

Gary is the Managing Director of Hughes Ellard, the south coast’s largest independent commercial real estate consultancy. In this role, he specialises in major developments and in handling the property interests of major corporations and industrialists; experience which is invaluable to the Solent LEPs aspirations for creating growth and inward investment in the region.

Gary has lived in the Solent region for his entire life and actively represents the region in his role as President for the Portsmouth area of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

Previous roles Gary has held include General Manager of Healey and Baker, Austria, and Associate Director of Austin Adams, Portsmouth.

Gary is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He holds two degrees; a BSc in Estate Management and a MBA in Business, and is currently conducting research for a PhD in Perceptions of Leadership in his free time.


Fareham Borough Council/Solent LEP Board Director

Councillor Seán Woodward has been the Chairman of the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire since its inception in 2003 and Leader of Fareham Borough Council since 1999.  He is in his 25th year as a Councillor and also serves on Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Police Authority

Seán was educated at the University of Portsmouth where he gained a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Biology as well as attaining Chartered Biologist status.  He spent 25 years working in the pharmaceutical industry and is currently the Managing Director of Ferneham Health Limited, a healthcare company which he formed in 2007 and which is currently trading as LBhealthcare based in Whiteley.  The company specialises in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation

He has led PUSH to its current status as a growth area and was delighted to be invited by government to form the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership following a successful private/public partnership bid involving the support of 70 businesses, 11 local authorities and 4 universities. He believes strongly that the economic recovery will be private sector led and that the concept of a local private/public partnership will be able to help create the improvements in skills, jobs, infrastructure and affordable housing that is so necessary to secure the prosperity of the Solent area and to build on the successful work that is being carried out by PUSH.

Rachael Randall

(Panel Chair) HTP/Solent LEP Board Director

Rachael is Principal and CEO of HTP Apprenticeship College Ltd which she established in the year 2000. Prior to that she was involved in Government funded training working for New Deal and a national apprenticeship provider. Her roots are also firmly based in the world of Hospitality, Tourism and Farming. She grew up on the Isle of Wight and has brought up 2 children and is married to Malcolm. She also owns Albert Cottage Hotel in East Cowes on the Island.