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 (Chair)

Solent LEP Business Director

Register of Interest 

Nick Loader's Register of Interest can be found here. 

LEP Roles

Business Director*

FFPMG Chair

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

Graham Barnetson

Solent LEP Business Director

Register of Interest 

Graham's Register of Interest can be found here. 

LEP Roles

Business Director 

Biography 

Graham, a Chartered Management Accountant, has over seventeen years’ experience in the retail, hospitality and logistics sectors and has held senior leadership positions in SMEs and multi-billion turnover businesses in these industries. He is also a member of the Leadership Team of the Southampton Chamber of Commerce.

A resident of Cowes on the Isle of Wight, Graham is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute and an Associate of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

Richard Jones

Deputy Chief Executive

Register of Interest

Richard Jones' Register of Interest can be found here

Biography

Richard was appointed Deputy Chief Executive for the Solent LEP in April 2021, having joined the Solent LEP in 2011, with the board still in shadow form, to provide executive and communications support to the board in in the development of all major areas of work. He has since held a number of roles within the LEP including Head of Policy, Communications and Partner Engagement, and Assistant Director of Corporate Governance and Communications.

As Deputy Chief Executive, Richard leads the LEP’s operational delivery and is responsible for the overall investment programme, driving the development and transformation of the Solent LEP in its ambition to create a dynamic, vibrant, inclusive and internationally competitive region.

Richard holds two degrees; a BA in Media and Sociology from the University of London and an MA in Political Communications from Cardiff University. With the exception of time spent away at University, Richard has lived in the Solent region his entire life and is currently based in the Portsmouth area.

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