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Understanding the needs of firms looking to move to or within Kent.
Our team of experts is available to offer a range of advice and support to help you make the most of the opportunity to locate in Kent. Years of experience locating businesses in Kent.

THE TEAM

Our team of experts is available to offer a range of advice and support to help you make the most of the opportunity to locate in Kent.

Years of experience locating businesses in Kent

With previous experience ranging from international markets to local facilities management, our team has a broad range of first-hand knowledge to help them understand the needs of firms looking to move to or within Kent. Whether your company is a multinational corporation or a start-up we have the expertise and understanding needed to help you make the right decisions to support your business' growth. 

Our Team

DAVID FITZSIMMONS

Chairman

David became Chairman of Locate in Kent in September 2015 and is an experienced executive with many years in the oil & gas sector.

David spent over 25 years at BP, before leaving in 2004.  Between 2005 and 2009 he was Chief Executive of Novera Energy plc, a UK renewables company.

David is currently a Director of Dana Petroleum and of Permasense Limited. He is also on the Strategic Advisory Board of Braemar Energy Ventures, and is a Governor of Skinners Kent Academy in Tunbridge Wells.

PAUL WOOKEY

Chief Executive

Overseeing the strategy of Locate in Kent since 1999, Paul has many years of experience ensuring the team delivers on its promises.

As well as future strategy, a key role is the development and maintenance of good relationships with partners and stakeholders. Paul’s business knowledge and enthusiasm for the county have helped countless numbers of companies locate in Kent.

paulw@locateinkent.com

+44 (0)1732 520705

CHRIS BROOM

Head of Investment

Focusing on national and international client and project management, Chris works across the Locate in Kent portfolio, with a particular focus on the life science sector and business development/lead generation in the US.

His twelve years in the team mean Chris has established a strong network of professional intermediaries and industry contacts, an in-depth knowledge of Kent’s property market and financial incentives available to businesses.

Previous roles have included the management of serviced offices, giving him hands-on experience of the needs of small businesses.

chrisb@locateinkent.com

+44 (0)1732 520727

ANETTE HUFNAGL

Head of Business Intelligence

Anette is Head of Business Intelligence and with her team, will be responsible for Data Analysis, Insights and the Property Portal.

She is an MA graduate with professional qualifications in project management and marketing. As a multi-lingual German, she gained her 17 years business experience in the Consulting, Healthcare, Financial Services and Tourism industries working in Europe, Asia and the USA.

anette.hufnagl@locateinkent.com

+44 (0)1732 520725

KIRSTY BUDDEN

Head of Marketing (Maternity Cover)

With a BA (Hons) degree in Marketing and Business Studies and 13 years experience working with a number of blue chip and public sector clients, Kirsty has worked in both agency and client side roles. Her expertise lies in strategy, planning and integrated communications.

Joining from Zest The Agency, Kirsty is responsible for the implementation of the marketing and communications strategy, designed to promote both the Kent and Locate in Kent brands and attract new investment to the county.

kirsty.budden@locateinkent.com

+44 (0)1732 520733

JO ROSSI

Partnerships Co-ordinator

Jo has a broad cross-sector experience across the corporate and charity sector - ranging from start ups to investment banks - working across a variety of delivery and support roles.

She is responsible for developing strong working partnerships with Kent’s district councils, KCC and Medway Council, government departments and other relevant public and private sector stakeholders in and outside of Kent. 

jo.rossi@locateinket.com

+44 (0)1732 520711

KARIMA KAMEL

Business Development Executive

With a focus on project management across all business sectors, Karima, a native Dutch speaker, joined Locate in Kent seven years ago and takes particular pleasure in finding the right contacts and premises to meet each organisation’s individual needs.

Her background in international business and life sciences is particularly useful for liaison with European partners.

karimak@locateinkent.com

+44 (0)1732 520726

IMRAN KHAN

Business Development Executive

Imran is a business development executive and life science specialist at Locate in Kent. He is an analytical chemist and chemistry teacher by qualification, and has experience in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic sector.

He has a track record of success in developing start-up companies and growing them through to a profitable exit strategy.

imran.khan@locateinkent.com

+44 (0)1732 520709

CATHERINE IGOE

Business Development Executive

Catherine has over 25 years experience, gained in both the public and private sectors. She has worked on 3 continents in a wide range of inward investment, marketing and economic development roles and has exposure in a wide range of industrial sectors.

She particularly enjoys relationship building and making linkages. Having re-located to Kent she is passionate about promoting Kent as both a place to work and live.

catherine.igoe@locateinkent.com

+44 (0)1732 520708

HELEN MINNS

Data Executive

Helen provides executive support to the business intellience team. With more than 20 years in related roles – including in financial services, market research, law and supporting start-ups – she brings a broad experience to Locate in Kent, its board and partners.

helenm@locateinkent.com

+44 (0)1732 520706

DANIELLE LEE

Executive Assistant

Danielle provides executive support to the Chief Executive, Chairman and management team. She is an experienced Executive Assistant, who has worked across various sectors, including Construction, Transportation, Design and Finance. 

danielle.lee@locateinkent.com

+44 (0)1732 520724

We would love to talk to you about any project you may be considering.

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OUR PART OF THE SOUTH EAST

Ideally located between London and the continent, the county’s range of transport options, with train links across Britain and into Europe, six ports, a strong road network and easy access to a number of international airports, is perfect for business.

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