GBSLEP Board Directors

Directors of the LEP are drawn from the private sector, local authorities and Universities and Colleges. There are a total of 18 Directors, eight from the business community, seven from local authorities and two representing higher/further education. The LEP is business-led and business community representatives have been recruited with the aim of reflecting the geography of the area as well as different sizes and sectors of commerce and industry.

It was announced on 9 September 2016 (read more) that Andy Street has decided to step down as Chair of the GBSLEP to apply to be the Conservative candidate for the West Midlands Mayoral election. Steve Hollis, former chair at KPMG in Birmingham, who has served as deputy at the LEP from May 2011 has been appointed Chair of the GBSLEP.


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Steve Hollis, GBSLEP ChairFormer Midlands Chairman, KPMGRegister of Interests Chris Loughran, Deputy Chair for Delivery

Vice Chairman, Deloitte

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 Anita Bhalla

Creative City Partnership

Chair, Performance Birmingham Ltd

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Mike LyonsImproving ConnectivityProgramme Director for West Midlands at High Speed 2 (HS2) Ltd. Saqib BhattiGrowing Businesses and representing SMEsAssociate, Younis Bhatti & Co LtdRegister of Interests Andrew CleavesImproving SkillsPrincipal and Chief Executive, Birmingham Metropolitan CollegeRegister of Interests
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Pat HanlonAccess to FinanceHandelsbankenRegister of Interests Simon MarksOptimising AssetsPartner, ArcadisRegister of Interests Matthew RhodesStimulating InnovationManaging Director, Encraft LtdRegister of Interests

Local Authority Representatives

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Cllr John ClancyLeader of Birmingham City CouncilRegister of Interests Cllr George AdamsonCannock Chase District CouncilRegister of Interests Cllr Richard GrosvenorEast Staffordshire District CouncilRegister of Interests
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Cllr Mike WilcoxLichfield District CouncilRegister of Interests Cllr Bob SleighSolihull Metropolitan Borough CouncilRegister of Interests Cllr Steve ClaymoreTamworth District CouncilRegister of Interests Cllr Greg ChanceOn behalf of North Worcestershire Local AuthoritiesRegister of Interests

Education Representatives

Young Person’s Representative

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Mike HopkinsFurther Education RepresentativePrincipal, South and City CollegeRegister of Interests Sir David EastwoodHigher Education RepresentativeVice Chancellor, University of BirminghamRegister of Interests Sophie DrakeYoung Person’s Representative

Outgoing directors

Alan Volkaerts

Tracy Westall

Sir Albert Bore

Cllr John Campion

Alternate Board Members

Cllr Ian Courts, Deputy Leader of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

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Cllr Ian Ward, Birmingham City Council

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Cllr Ian Hardiman, Wyre Forest District Council

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Dawn Ward, Burton and South Derbyshire College

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Daniel Cook, Leader of Tamworth Borough Council

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