Meet the Team – Roger Mendonca

Roger Mendonca, Director of GBSLEP


Tell me about your role.

It’s my privilege to be the GBSLEP Director while Katie Trout is on maternity leave. My role is to provide leadership, enabling our fantastic team to work their magic to transform the Greater Birmingham and Solihull area into a truly global city region. Prior to that, I have spent the last eighteen months as Head of Delivery, working with partner organisations to bring forward the LEP’s £400m capital programme.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Working with such talented, dynamic and enthusiastic people across the GBSLEP area. The team at the LEP are genuinely outstanding and fun to work with, and there are some amazing people in our partner organisations.

What did you study at university and why?

My first degree was in Sociology and Economics. I was really lucky to have an inspiring teacher at A Level who taught me both subjects. It kindled a continuing fascination with understanding how societies operate and what motivates people. More recently, my Doctorate was in the specialist field of Organisational Storytelling. I researched how we make sense of the world and how leaders can use these insights to create happy and effective teams. I was lucky to work for an incredible leader in one of my previous roles, and I was curious to understand what made him so good (and how I could emulate him)!

What is your favourite place in the GBSLEP area and why?

Central Birmingham. There’s a real buzz about the place.

If you could host a talk show, who would be your first guest?

Yuval Noah Harari (author of “Sapiens: A brief history of humankind” and “Homo Deus: A brief history of humankind”). Not a household name, but there’d be witty and intelligent conversation (on his part anyway) about what makes us human.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Telepathy. I’d love to know what other people are really thinking, but it’s really so I could know what’s going on in my dog’s head.