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Christian Brodie, Chairman of South East Local Enterprise Partnership

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New Chairman to lead South East Local Enterprise Partnership

Christian Brodie, Chairman of South East Local Enterprise Partnership

Christian Brodie, Chairman of South East Local Enterprise Partnership

The organisation responsible for championing the economic wellbeing of more than 344,000 businesses and 4m residents across Kent, East Sussex, Essex, Medway, Southend and Thurrock, has appointed a new Chairman.

South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) has appointed Christian Brodie following his presentation to the SELEP board in which he outlined his high level experience in business, international finance, higher education and working closely with Government departments.

He is the Chair of the Student Loans Company and the Chair of the Council of the University of Sussex. He is also Co-Chair of the Regulatory Partnership for Higher Education and Co-Chair of the Partnership Organisations Chairs' Forum of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

Christian Brodie said: “I am extremely interested in how National and Local Government can in partnership with business help drive economic growth, having been brought up, educated and spending most of my life in the area covered by South East LEP I will be a passionate and enthusiastic advocate for driving prosperity in my home region.

“The area is already a major contributor to growth and prosperity, I look forward to working with key LEP partners in the coming weeks to understand in more detail the many projects and opportunities that this area offers and how we, as the LEP, can support to see them reach their potential.”

SELEP is one of 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships across the country responsible for investing £7.3bn of the Local Growth Fund to help secure economic growth, infrastructure, jobs and new homes. By 2021, SELEP is expected to have helped secure 45,000 new jobs and 23,000 new homes and secure £700m of private sector investment.

After reading law at Oxford, Christian took on legal roles in corporate finance in London and Wall Street.  His firm was taken over by UBS, where his career progressed to Vice Chairman of the investment bank, reporting to the Chief Executive.

As well as holding directorships in a number of private companies, he is a member of the Guardian Public Leaders Editorial Board, and serves on the Grants Committee of the Wates Foundation, a charity supporting projects principally in London and the South East.

Christian begin his tenure from 21 March and his first activity as Chairman was attending the LEP Network Annual conference where he will hear from Ministers, MPs and gain an understanding of the key role of LEPs in delivering growth, in a national context.

Three vice chairs representing SELEP will continue their roles; Graham Peters, (East Sussex), George Kieffer (Essex) and Geoff Miles (Kent). Their roles are to support the SELEP Chair in promoting the SELEP area and to work closely with and negotiate with the government, private sector and other stakeholders to ensure the area benefits from any new initiatives and funding opportunities.

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