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Solent LEP Team

Portsmouth City Council are the Accountable Body for the Solent LEP and details of staff salaries are published in line with Portsmouth City Council's policy and can be viewed here. The Scheme of Delegation for the Solent LEP Executive Team can be found here.

Stuart Baker

Head of Local Growth

Stu was appointed to Head of Local Growth in March 2014. Prior to this, Stu had worked for the Solent LEP since July 2013, seconded from Solent Transport for two days per week, providing the LEP Board with strategic transport advice and support. During that time, Stu also managed Solent Transport (formerly TfSHIoW), which is the strategic transport planning partnership of the four Local Transport Authorities of the Solent area. Before taking up the TfSHIoW role, Stu held transport planning posts at Hampshire County Council and at District Councils, so has worked across the local authority spectrum.

Prior to his career in transport, Stu worked as a secondary and sixth-form teacher of Geography at three schools in England and Wales, as a commercial insurance underwriter at Axa, and as a commercial insurance team leader at Aon. Stu has two degrees, a BA in Geography from the University of Portsmouth and an MSc in Transport Planning and Management from the University of Westminster. He was also one of the first in the country to be awarded Transport Planning Professional (TPP) status, the professional qualification for transport planners.

Stu was born in Southampton and has lived in the area for most of his life.

Briony Biddle

Policy, Communications and Events Officer

Briony joined the Solent LEP as an Events Intern in August 2014 and in June 2015 became the Solent LEP's Policy, Communications and Events Officer. Briony is the first point of contact at the LEP for any media enquiries.

Since graduating from the University of Reading with a Bachelor of Arts degree in German in 2013, she has worked in a variety of roles ranging from conservation work for APE Malaysia to her role as an Apprenticeship Coordinator for a local training company and various work for Portsmouth City Council.

Briony was born in Portsmouth and, aside from time away at University and a year abroad, has spent her entire life there.


Jeff Channing

Programme Manager: Solent Enterprise Zone and Infrastructure

Jeff's role is mainly to work on the development of larger projects and especially the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus. Solent LEP applied for Enterprise Zone status for this site in 2011 and he has been with the project from the start.

Previously, Jeff worked with the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire on funding issues and capital projects following a career working in central Government.  He started in the Department of the Environment, worked in Cabinet Office and Transport and finished in the Department for Communities where he was Deputy Director for Urban Policy and then Director for the Thames Gateway and the Olympics. He has managed major programmes and has been involved in the  delivery of a range of large regeneration projects.

Jeff lives in the Solent area.

Leo Eyles

Managing Consultant - Solent Metro Project

Leo joined the Solent LEP on secondment from Albion Economics Ltd in May 2017. He is acting as Managing Consultant for the Solent Metro project, co-ordinating liaison with stakeholders on the project and with the external consultancy team, in preparation of an Outline Business Case for funding. 

Leo has 30 years’ experience in the planning and appraisal of transport, regeneration, labour market and environmental projects. His specialist expertise is in cost:benefit analysis, business case appraisal and the links between transport investment and economic performance.

Siobhan Flynn

Local Growth Programme Manager: Employment and Skills

Siobhan joined the Solent LEP in April 2014, as the Local Growth Programme Manager: Employment and Skills. Siobhan's key role is to deliver the Skills Plan, in conjunction with the Strategic Economic Plan and European Investment Strategy. Prior to this role Siobhan has held a number of economic regeneration posts across district, unitary and county councils in the sub-region. Siobhan has significant experience both strategic and operational, of projects and programmes ranging from labour market interventions for unemployed residents to SME support and workforce development. Siobhan also has a background in European funding.

Siobhan has a degree in Geography from Portsmouth and a post-graduate diploma in local and regional economic development from Coventry, Sheffield Hallam and Dundee Universities. Siobhan is also a member of the Institute of Economic Development.

Jade Fuller

Enterprise Coordinator

Jade joined the Solent LEP on secondment from EBP South in December 2015. Working on behalf of The Careers and Enterprise Company as an Enterprise Coordinator she will be recruiting 25 Enterprise Advisers from businesses across the region to work in partnership with local schools to support in enterprise and careers education for young people. 

Drawing on her previous experience within local Education Business Partnerships (EBPs), Jade will continue to work closely with schools and organisations across the Solent area, looking to bridge the skills gaps and promote a sustainable enterprise provision within schools.

Steve Futter

Local Growth Programme Manager: Capital and Infrastructure

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.

Steve became the Local Growth Programme Manager: Capital and Infrastructure in September 2016.

Chloe Giles

Enterprise Coordinator

Chloe joined the Solent LEP in September 2016, becoming part of the Enterprise Coordinator team, looking after schools in Portsmouth and surrounding areas.

Since completing her Apprenticeship in 2012, Chloe has worked as Schools Liaison Coordinator for a large Hampshire College before moving on to a Project Manager role with EBP. Chloe has experience and a passion for changing futures of young people.

Marc Griffin

Head of Capital and Infrastructure

Marc joined the Solent LEP as Head of Capital and Infrastructure in May 2015.

Prior to this appointment Marc has worked for both consultancy (WSP) and Local Authority (Isle of Wight Council and more recently Portsmouth City Council). At WSP Marc worked in a design team delivering a number of road, rail and private developments to improve infrastructure and transport.

Marc joined the Isle of Wight Council in 2008 working for both the Highways design team and later with the Highways PFI team as Contract Manager.

Prior to joining Solent LEP Marc worked at Portsmouth City Council as Assistant Head of Service responsible for Transport, Active Travel and Road Safety and Network Management Marc graduated from Portsmouth University in 2000 with a degree in civil engineering,  is a chartered civil engineer and was the South Branch Chairman for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in 2011/12 followed by the South East of England Regional Chairman for the ICE in 2012/13. In his role he engaged with a number of special interest groups and stakeholders to promote Civil Engineering and infrastructure projects.

Alarna Harris

Enterprise Coordinator

Larni joined the LEP in October 2016 and joined the Enterprise Coordinator Team, predominately looking after Southampton Schools within the Enterprise Adviser Network.

Since completing both Intermediate and Advanced NVQ's in Business Management, Larni has previously held management roles within Hotels and Human Resources throughout Hampshire. Having spent a number of years as a Business Ambassador for Education Business Partnerships, whilst supporting students through Work Experience and Apprenticeships in her previous job roles; Larni has a passion for supporting successful education and employer engagement.

Chris Heath

European Structural Investment Fund Programme Officer

Chris joined Solent LEP in April 2017 as Programme Officer responsible for European Funding.

Prior to joining the Solent LEP, Chris had worked for a number of years in the Civil Service at the Land Registry. His more recent roles involved working at a local law firm in the Portsmouth area as well as international and local law firms in London. As an Office Manager for a law firm in London Chris took a lead role in business development. Chris's expertise lies in audits and compliance to ensure exacting legislative standards and scheme requirements, for example Law Society Quality Standards, Investors in People, are met whilst identifying areas and actions for improvement to improve business efficiency.

Chris has lived in the Solent area since 1989.

Richard Jones

Head of Policy, Communications and Partner Engagement

Richard joined the Solent LEP in February 2011, with the board still in shadow form, and provided executive and communications support to the board in relation to development of all major areas of work. Richard is now Head of Policy, Communications and Partner Engagement at the Solent LEP.

Before joining the LEP team, Richard held a number of communication based roles in a variety of organisations; including Portsmouth City Council and the Labour Party. 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.

Fiona McMurray

Local Growth Project Manager: Capital and Infrastructure

Fiona joined the LEP team in April 2013 as part of the Account Management team, supporting applicants in preparing their proposals to the programme funds managed by the LEP, getting their projects up and running, and claiming grant awards.

Fiona has a strong background in managing and administering grant programmes and projects through a variety of public sector funding streams. She has lived and worked in the Solent area for many years. 

Fiona became the Local Growth Project Manager: Capital and Infrastructure in September 2016.

Anne-Marie Mountifield

Chief Executive

Anne-Marie Mountifield is the Chief Executive of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership an organisation which works collaboratively with partners across the 12 Solent Local councils, businesses, colleges and the Universities to help shape the region’s future economic growth. Her role is to lead the Solent LEP towards its objective to make Solent a £30 billion economy by 2020, whilst working to deliver an investment plan for the area worth £1.51 billion over the same period

For more than 20 years of her career, Anne-Marie has held senior executive leadership posts in Further Education, the Civil Service  (for the Department of Business Innovation an Skills) and Local government before taking up the role at Solent LEP as Chief Executive in 2012.

Her professional background started in industry, moving on to further education and skills and local government before taking up her current role where she leads on the roll out of the Solent Strategic Economic Plan.

Anne-Marie is a member of the Institute of Directors and is also a member of the Web Science Institute Advisory Board.

Rosie Parkinson

Programme Officer

Rosie joined the Solent LEP in February 2017 as a Programme Officer and works on various projects.

Before joining the LEP team, Rosie held a number of Management roles in a variety of NHS organisations; including Guys & St Thomas Hospital, the National Blood Service and Health Intelligence. Rosie holds one degree; a Bachelor & Honours Degree in Leisure Management & Marketing from the University of Portsmouth and has a Prince 2 Certification.

Vicki Stone

Executive Support Officer

Prior to joining the LEP Team, Vicki worked at Gosport Borough Council  facilitating Board meetings. Vicki has worked in  both the public and private sector providing PA and Administrative support. Vicki holds an A Level in Business Administration Level 3. 

Vicki has lived in the Solent region all her life and is currently based in the Gosport area.

Nicola Twiddy

Office Manager and PA

Nicola joined the Solent LEP in February 2013, as Personal Assistant to Anne-Marie Mountifield, Chief Executive of the Solent LEP. In 2015 Nicola became the Solent LEP's Office Manager and PA to Anne-Marie Mountifield.

Prior to joining the LEP team, Nicola held a number of roles in the Financial Service Industry, including supporting a team of Independent Financial Advisers and Regional Managers at The Royal Bank of Scotland for the previous 10 years.  Nicola holds a degree in Business Studies.

Jessica Willmott

Office Administrator

Jess joined Solent LEP in August 2015 as their new Apprentice in Office Administration.

Prior to joining she worked in various retail roles in Portsmouth and gained a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forensic Science. She looks forward to learning new skills which will help her build and progress in her career within administration.