Adrian Went

Griffon Hoverwork

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Adrian's Register of Interest can be viewed here


Appointed as MD of Griffon Hoverwork in April 2009 and tasked with developing the hovercraft manufacturer on behalf of the Bland Group.  The company now has more than 180 craft in operation with 64 military, commercial and rescue service customers in 41 countries across the globe. This includes a single order for 12 large hovercraft for the Indian Coast Guard and the largest craft built in UK since 1980 for the Korean Coastguard. After relocating into Southampton premises, the company exceeded £30m in turnover, won the Queens Award for Export and the National Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Award.

Previously in operations appointments in the retail and healthcare sectors after serving in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers including front line command with the Royal Marines.  Trained at the UK Defence Staff College and a Chartered Aeronautical Engineer; he studied an Aeronautics Astronautics BSc at Southampton and a Defence Technology MSc at Cranfield.

He lives in Winchester, UK with his children, George, India and Harry.

Mark Waldron

Portsmouth News

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Mark's register of interest can be viewed here


Mark Waldron has been editor of The News in Portsmouth since September 2007. It marked a return to his 'home town' paper as he grew up just outside the city and started his journey in to journalism through work experience at The News and by taking the NCTJ's pre-entry course at nearby Highbury College. 

Mark's career has taken him from the Aldershot News and Mail to the Sunday Sun in Melbourne (during 12 months living in Australia), the Hull Daily Mail and the South Wales Echo in Cardiff, where he made the journey from district news editor to deputy editor.  

He sealed his first editor's post at the Swindon Advertiser in May 2004, where he worked until the move to The News.

Tim Fielder (Chair)

Fobdown Farms Ltd/Consultant

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 Tim's Register of Interest can be viewed here


Lyn Davis

Independent Consultant

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Lyn's Register of Interest can be found here.


Lyn has over 40 years extensive banking knowledge. Most of which has been focused in Small and Medium businesses.  Lyn has built up and maintained excellent customer relationships becoming a trusted adviser in all industry sectors and developed skills in risk analysis, sale of business products and services and developing the market place.


Caroline Carter

Barclays Bank

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Caroline's Register of interest can be found here.

David Bream

Southampton University

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David Bream's Register of Interest can be viewed here.

Councillor Derek Pretty

Eastleigh Borough Council

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Councillor Derek Pretty's register of interest can be viewed here.

Robert Dewing

Federation of Small Business (FSB)

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Rob Dewing's Register of Interest can be viewed here 

Steve Futter

Assistant Director of Programme Delivery

Steve joined the Solent LEP in April 2013 to lead the development of key LEP funding programmes and set up a brand new Account Management function at the LEP. Since joining, Steve has been busy launching, managing and administering more funding programmes as the LEP continues to secure new contracts for delivery across the region.

Prior to joining the LEP, Steve had gained a wealth of experience of grant and programme management, and strategic and partnership development, in a range of charitable, public and private sector organisations. Most recently, he had spent six years at the Football Foundation developing and managing the Mayor of London's £7.5m investment into community sports venues as part of the Olympic Legacy programme. Steve lives in Southampton with his young family and, after six years commuting to London, is really happy to working back in the region.

Lloyd Clark

Portsmouth City Council

James Fitzgerald

Corporate Finance Specialist, Portsmouth City Council (Accountable Body to Solent LEP)

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James Fitzgerald's Register of Interest Return can be found here.


James is the nominated Value for Money Officer and lead for Risk Management at Portsmouth City Council in their role as accountable body to the Solent LEP.

Paula Swain

Solent LEP Business Director

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Paula Swain's Register of Interest can be found here

LEP Roles

Business Director*


Private sector representative


Paula Swain is a Partner in national law firm Shoosmiths LLP, and heads the firm’s southernmost office located at the Solent Business Park.

Through her professional practice, Paula has access to a broad array of businesses operating in the Solent region, and a key part of her role as a Head of Office is to support and monitor the economy of the Solent region.  Paula is particularly interested in how the development of 5G technology will assist the Solent region, together with new ventures from the region’s universities, smart manufacturing, maritime, aerospace and defence sectors.

A commercial litigator in her professional life, Paula is a supporting adviser and advocate for her clients across a broad range of disputes, and is a contributing author to Westlaw UK Insights. Paula read law at the University of Southampton, works in Whiteley and lives in Poole.  She appreciates both the economic and lifestyle aspects of the Solent region. Paula is a passionate supporter for growth in the region.


*Independent Non-Executive Director as outlined in the Corporate Governance Code 2018

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