Meet the team

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.

Since forming, Locate in Kent has helped 1,130 companies move to, set-up or expand in Kent, creating or retaining 70,165 jobs. Last year we helped 46 businesses commit to relocating or expanding in Kent, leading to the creation or retention of 3,233 jobs, with 678 as a result of investment from overseas.

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
  • Board members

Gavin Cleary


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

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.

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 and attracting investment to the region.

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.

Steve Matthews

Skills Specialist

With an incredibly strong network of contacts across the education and skills sector, Steve works closely with businesses to identify specific needs and make connections to deliver the right training and recruitment, helping businesses grow.

Mark Knowlton

Manufacturing Specialist

With years of industry experience, Mark delivers training and coaching to Kent-based manufacturers which results in reducing operational costs and growing turnover.

Imran Khan

Business Development Manager

Imran is a life science specialist. With experience in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic sector he excels in developing start-up companies and growing them through to a profitable exit strategy.

Sarah Bittorf

Senior Marketing Executive

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.

Karima Kamel

Business Development Executive

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.

Catherine Igoe

Business Development Executive

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

Jo Rossi

Partnerships Executive

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.

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.

David Fitzsimmons


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


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.

James Beatton

Non-Executive Director

Head of the corporate team at Cripps, James has considerable experience in acting for businesses of all sizes across a range of sectors with a particular emphasis on M&A, restructuring and banking transactions.

Andrew Blevins

Non-Executive Director

As Managing Director at Liberty Property Trust UK, a prominent investor and developer within the UK, Andrew brings a wealth of experience to the Board.

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.

Mark Dance

Non-Executive Director
Joining us in June 2012 Mark is Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration & Economic Development. He also has his own construction company.  

Sarah Dance

Non-Executive Director

Sarah Dance has worked in the creative industry sector for over 25 years. Since coming to Kent in 2002, she has run her own consultancy company and supported a wide range of cultural organisations.

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.

Andrew Griggs

Non-Executive Director

As one of our newest member of the Board, Andrews brings with him a wealth of knowledge in corporate finance, acquisitions and strategic business advice.

Richard Hicks

Non-Executive Director

Joining the Board in July 2015 Richard is the Director of Regeneration, Community and Culture at Medway Council and is fundamental in the place-making of Medway.

David Smith

Adviser to the Board

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

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