Sector Champions

GBSLEP has appointed a number of Sector Champions to drive forward growth in our key sectors. These individuals bring in-depth knowledge and networks, leadership skills and business acumen so that opportunities to grow each sector can be maximised.

Advanced Manufacturing – Stuart Baker, Rolls Royce (Skills Champion)

Business & Financial Services – Ian Barnes, BPS Birmingham

Construction & Infrastructure – Mike Reade, Balfour Beatty; Simon Dingle, Carillion (Skills Champion)

Digital & Creative – Anita Bhalla, GBSLEP Board Director; Jonnie Turpie, Maverick TV (Skills Champion)

Digital & Tech – Dr David Hardman MBE, Innovation Birmingham

Education – HE – Prof David Eastwood, GBSLEP Board Director

Education – FE – Mike Hopkins, GBSLEP Board Director

Emerging Technologies & Industries – Prof Paul Maropoulos, Aston University; Prof Julian Beer, Birmingham City University; Prof Andy Schofield, University of Birmingham

Life Sciences & Healthcare – Graham Silk, Chair of Life Sciences Strategic Leadership Group; Tony Davies, West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (Skills Champion)

Low Carbon & Environmental Technologies & Service – Pat Laughlin, UK Business Council for Sustainable Development; Des Correia, Arup (Skills Champion)

Tourism & Hospitality – Val Birchall, Birmingham City Council

Social Enterprise – Melanie Mills, Big Society Capital