New boss for body in charge of di­rect­ing in­vest­ment in Kent

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business Kent Update -

A new man­ag­ing di­rec­tor has been ap­pointed at a pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor body which tells the govern­ment where to spend money to boost the county’s econ­omy.

Adam Bryan, a former of­fi­cer at Es­sex County Coun­cil, will lead the South East Lo­cal En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship (SELEP), which rep­re­sents 344,000 busi­nesses in Kent, Es­sex and East Sus­sex.

His ap­point­ment fol­lows his time spent as in­terim di­rec­tor af­ter the de­par­ture of David God­frey to the De­part­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties & Lo­cal Govern­ment.

SELEP will in­ject al­most half a bil­lion pounds worth of govern­ment in­vest­ment into the area through its growth deal.

The agree­ment will see at least £84.1 mil­lion in­vested in the re­gion by the end of this year, which it says will sup­port the de­liv­ery of up to 35,000 jobs and 18,000 new homes. It is also be­hind more than £100 mil­lion of pri­vate in­vest­ment up to 2021.

Chair­man Chris­tian Brodie said: “Adam’s ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge of what is the sec­ond largest LEP in the coun­try, his un­der­stand­ing of the key eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges fac­ing the area, made him a nat­u­ral choice for the po­si­tion.

“While he may have had the knowl­edge, what was also very clear when he met the in­ter­view panel was his pas­sion for the job, his straight talk­ing ap­proach and his vi­sion as to how best quicken the pace of de­liv­ery by SELEP. I look for­ward to work­ing with him.”

Mr Bryan will lead work closely with the four fed­eral ar­eas of SELEP, which are Greater Es­sex, South Es­sex, East Sus­sex and Kent and Med­way.

Prior to join­ing SELEP in De­cem­ber 2014, he worked in sev­eral roles at Es­sex County Coun­cil and at the East of Eng­land Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Agency. He is also the vicechair­man of the na­tional Chief Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cers’ So­ci­ety (CEDOS).

He said: “We will do ev­ery­thing we can to shine a light on the im­pact of in­vest­ing in the South East and we will play our role in mak­ing sure ma­jor new ini­tia­tives and in­fra­struc­ture – such as the Lower Thames Cross­ing – hap­pen as soon as pos­si­ble and bring about the wider ben­e­fits our com­mu­ni­ties de­serve.

“We must also build stronger re­la­tions with Lon­don and our neigh­bour­ing LEP ar­eas, as the eco­nomic suc­cess of the South East and the cap­i­tal are in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked.”

New SELEP man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Adam Bryan, right, with SELEP chair­man Chris­tian Brodie

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