Cllr Seán Woodward

Solent LEP Local Authority Director

Register of Interest

Cllr Woodward's Register of Interest can be found here.

Biography

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 33rd year as a Councillor and also serves on Hampshire County Council where he is the Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage.

Seán was educated at the University of Portsmouth where he gained a B.Sc. (Honours) 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 led South Hampshire through 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.

Through his previous Executive role on Hampshire County Council Seán set in train and made all of the key decisions to implement the £100m Access to Fareham and Gosport roads programme which is one of the biggest road investment programmes in memory.  It is setting in place the infrastructure needed for the 6,000 home new community of Welborne as well as supporting the Solent Enterprise Zone at Solent Airport@Daedalus which will enable the creation of thousands of advanced engineering jobs in the aviation, aerospace and marine sectors.

Stuart Hill

(Panel Chair) Solent LEP Business Director

Register of Interest

Stuart Hill's Register of Interest can be found here.

Biography

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.

Anne-Marie Mountifield

Solent LEP Executive Director

Register of Interest

Anne-Marie Mountifield's Register of Interest can be found here.

Biography

Anne-Marie Mountifield has been the Chief Executive and Board Director at the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for the last 7 years.

A member of the Institute of Directors, and the National Maritime UK Council she is also a 'Women in Maritime' ambassador.

Before taking up the role as Chief Executive at Solent LEP, Anne-Marie held senior executive leadership posts for more than 20 years in further education, the Civil Service (Department of Business Innovation and Skills) and local government.

An inspirational leader, Anne-Marie clearly conveys the vision for the Solent LEP and leads on the development of the strategy for the area and the roll out of the Solent £1bn Capital & Infrastructure programme.

Chris Ward

Head of Finance and S151 Officer, Portsmouth City Council

Chris's register of interest can be found here

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.

Cllr Keith Mans

Solent LEP Local Authority Director

Register of Interest

Cllr Mans' Register of Interest can be found here.

Biography

Cllr Keith Mans is a former RAF pilot who spent 10 years working for the John Lewis Partnership after leaving the RAF and before he entered parliament as the MP for Wyre in Lancashire in 1987 Whilst in Parliament Keith was PPS to the Sec of State for Health as well as being a member of both the Defence and the Environment Select Committees. After leaving Parliament in 1997 Keith was CEO of the Royal Aeronautical Society until his retirement in 2009.

Cllr Mans was elected to the County Council in 2009 and was previously Executive Member for Communities and External Relations. In addition to his Lead role in Children's Services he is also responsible for the Troubled Families Programme and liaison with the Armed Forces in the County. Outside the Council Keith is Chairman of the Oakhaven Hospice Trust and a Trustee of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Trust.

SJ Hunt

Solent LEP Business Director

Register of Interest

SJ Hunt's Register of Interest can be found here.

Biography

SJ is CEO and Company Secretary of Parity Trust, a mortgage finance company that specialises in niche tenures for those that cannot access mainstream lending. Prior to that SJ ran her own consultancy business for ten years, following a successful career in Investment Banking. SJ is chair of Governors at Redwood Park School, a director of Solent Academies Trust, as well as a trustee of the D-Day Story and the Partnership Foundation. 

Brian Johnson

Solent LEP Business Director

Register of Interest

Brian Johnson's Register of Interest can be found here.

Biography

Brian is the UK Business Development Director at BAE Systems Maritime and works in Portsmouth Naval Base. He brings a wealth of private sector experience to his role as Board Director at the Solent LEP, with over 20 years' experience in the Marine and Maritime sector at organisations such as Thales, Marconi and the aforementioned BAE Systems. Brian was previously Chair of the Solent LEP Marine and Maritime Steering Group before joining the Solent LEP Board. Brian is also the Chair of the Maritime Defence and Security Group council of the Society of Maritime Industries.

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson

Solent LEP Local Authority Director

Register of Interest

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson's Register of Interest can be found here.

Biography

Gerald Vernon-Jackson was the Leader of Portsmouth City Council for ten years. He led the city through turbulent times but also where the city made real progress.

He pushed through a £1.45 million loan from the City Council to the Portsmouth Supporters Trust to enable them to buy the Football Club and stop it going into liquidation.

Under Gerald Vernon-Jackson’s Leadership the Liberal Democrats ran Portsmouth City Council for ten years (2004-2014). They found £5 million to build new school classrooms for an extra 1,000 pupils. They started building council houses for the first time in a generation. They saved the Kings Theatre and the New Theatre Royal from closing down. Gerald also spearheaded the campaign to get a World War Two War Memorial finally built in Portsmouth to commemorate the 3,000 Portsmouth citizens who lost their lives in the war.

He successfully worked to stop the last Labour Government pulling the Royal Navy out of Portsmouth when this was threatened in 2008. He campaigned to keep the carrier programme from being scrapped by the current Government. This will see the new carriers based in Portsmouth and the future of the Navy in Portsmouth guaranteed for the next 40 years. This will see thousands of jobs secured in the dockyard.

Gerald led the Portsmouth Liberal Democrats into running Portsmouth City Council once again in May 2018.

Current Council Positions

  • Leader of the Council
  • Chair of the Employment Committee
  • Member of the Health and Wellbeing Board
  • Standing Deputy for the Licensing Committee
  • Standing Deputy for the Planning Committee