Supporting you every step of the way

Our team of experts offer advice and support to help your business grow in Kent

With a wide range of expertise and experience, our team work alongside our public and private board members to create and retain jobs in Kent and Medway.

Our business advice services are confidential, impartial and completely free of charge. Contact a member of the Locate in Kent team today to discuss your future business project.

Our team of experts have helped….

over 80,000

jobs created and retained in the county since 1997

over 12,500

businesses grow or expand in the county

over 50

businesses grow or expand in the county in the last 12 months

  • Our Team
  • Our Board

Gavin Cleary, CEO

Engaging with high profile agencies, the Kent community and business leaders, Gavin works to position Kent as the ideal location for growth and inward investment from across the UK and beyond.

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Simon Ryan, Investment Director

Simon has a strong background in sales and marketing having worked across a number of industries covering finance, property, construction and management consultancy.

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Anita Glover, Head of Marketing

Anita leads the marketing strategy at Locate in Kent, with the aim of promoting the county as a premium business location, attracting domestic and foreign  investment to the region.

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Anette Hufnagl, Head of Business Intelligence

Anette is responsible for all aspects of Data Analysis and Insights as well as management of the Property Portal. Her analytical and research skills bring a flow of vital information into the team.

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Sarah Bittorf, Digital Marketing Manager

With agency experience in all aspects of digital marketing, Sarah co-ordinates online marketing for Locate in Kent including our website, social media and digital advertising.

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Sara Avard, Operations Manager & Executive Assistant to the CEO

Karima Kamel, Business Development Manager

With a focus on project management across all business sectors, Karima, a native Dutch speaker, takes the lead in finding the right contacts and premises to meet each client’s individual needs.

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Catherine Igoe, Business Development Manager

Catherine has strong experience in economic development, inward investment, financial services and marketing and promotion which helps her understand our clients’ needs.

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Charlie Hutchings-Lawrence, Business Development Manager

Jo Rossi, Head of Partnerships

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

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Helen Minns, Data Executive

Helen provides executive support to the business intelligence team working on the Property Portal and in managing key data analysis and research.

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Jennifer Yard Place Branding Manager, Creative Estuary

Emma Turner Marketing Manager, Innovation Park Medway

David Fitzsimmons, Chairman

Joining us in September 2015, David is an experienced executive with many years in the oil and gas sector working with names such as BP and Novera Energy PLC.


Gavin Cleary, CEO

Engaging with high profile agencies, the Kent community and business leaders, Gavin works to position Kent as the ideal location for growth and inward investment from across the UK and beyond.


Simon Ryan, Non-Executive Director

As one of our newest member of the Board, Simon has a strong background in sales and marketing having worked across a number of industries covering finance, property, construction and management consultancy.


Nick Fenton, Chairman of Kent Developers Group

As a long-standing Board member Nick has grown the influential Kent Developers Group bringing experience from his senior positions within the construction industry.


David Brooks Wilson, Non-Executive Director

As the longest-standing member of the Board, David has vast experience in property development and investment as CEO of Wilson Noble Ltd.


Andrew Griggs, Non-Executive Director

Andrews brings with him a wealth of knowledge in corporate finance, acquisitions and strategic business advice.


Emma Liddiard, Non-Executive Director

Emma brings with her a large and active network across Kent businesses and her 25 years in media gives her insight and experience of all the marketing options available in the county.


Richard Hicks, Non-Executive Director

Joining the Board in July 2015 Richard is the Director of Place and Deputy Chief Executive at Medway Council and has the lead on place making, establishing Medway as a great place to live, work, learn and visit.


David Smith, Adviser to the Board

Bringing a wealth of investment and local government knowledge, David acts as an Adviser to the Board.


Susie Warran-Smith, Non-Executive Director

Susie was previously the founder and CEO of Breakthrough Funding which she sold to EY in 2020. She is currently the Chair of Produced in Kent.


Moni Varma, Non-Executive Director

Moni Varma is the Founder and the Executive Chairman of the Veetee Food Group, suppliers of the award winning, highest quality premium branded and private label rice, to over 100 countries.


Marsha Marriner, Non-Executive Director

Marsha Marriner, is a Partner and Head of Commercial Property with Whitehead Monckton, one of the largest law firms in Kent.


Speak to one of our advisors now to find out how our service can help you

Catherine Igoe, Business Development Manager
E-mail: [email protected]
Direct: +44 (0)1732 520700
Mobile: 07576 610 160

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