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.

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.

SJ Hunt (Chair)

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. 

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

 

James Fitzgerald

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

Register of Interest

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

Biography

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.

David Youngs

Solent LEP Business Director

Register of Interest

David Youngs Register of Interest can be found here.

LEP Roles

Business Director*

Sector

Private sector representative

Biography

David Youngs is the co-founder and Business Development Director of LiveLink Technology, based in Havant. David and his brother Geoffrey started the company in their parents’ garden shed on the Hampshire/West Sussex border and have steadily grown operations through recent years to over 100 staff across the UK, USA and India.

David has significant expertise in some of the disruptive technologies now transforming the global economy and the Solent. He is actively involved in several R&D projects including Computer Imaging, Aerospace and Artificial Intelligence. He has mentored a number of small companies, and also leads a new charitable program in West Sussex to support both start-ups and young people with employment, accommodation and mentoring as they start their adult working life.

David’s interests include Aviation, Sailing and Music – and most importantly his wife Philippa and their three young children.

 

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

Nick Loader

Solent LEP Business Director

Register of Interest 

Nick Loader's Register of Interest can be found here

LEP Roles

Business Director*

FFPMG Member 

Sector

Private sector representative

Biography

Nick is the Chief Operating Officer for DP World’s UK businesses.

Nick graduated from the University of Bath in Economics and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant and later qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser.

His first role in commerce was with McCarthy & Stone, builders of sheltered housing, but since then he has worked in the shipping and ports sector in various roles including for P&O Ferries Portsmouth and Carnival UK.

Nick joined DP World in 2005 as Finance Director in Southampton and in April 2016 he was appointed CEO of DP World Southampton

In 2018 the UK businesses of DP World at London Gateway and Southampton were brought together under a UK structure. Nick is now COO of DP World UK responsible for operations, engineering, safety and IT.

Outside of work Nick plays squash and golf and enjoys walking.

 

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

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