WLEP Board

The Worcestershire LEP Board is responsible for good governance and decision-making and is tasked with establishing  and driving the county’s strategic ambition, objectives and priorities and ensuring the delivery of projects funded under the Worcestershire Growth Deal.

Board members are drawn from both the private and public sectors and are leaders, advocates and ambassadors for Worcestershire’s economic prosperity.

Mark Stansfeld, Chair, WLEP

Mark started his career in the food industry at Cadbury Schweppes and Kraft Foods, but quickly moved into technology with positions at BT, T-Mobile and as Commercial Director for O2, where he was part of the board team who brought the brand to market leadership.

Alongside his Executive Director roles, Mark held Non Executive roles on a number of boards spanning technology, finance and health. These included The Link Retail, West Bromwich Building Society, NHS West Midlands Strategic Health Authority, Ovo energy, O2 UK and Commercial director at CWS, B2B division at Dixons Carphone.

In addition to being Chair of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, Mark is Chairman of giffgaff, the fastest growing mobile network in the UK, and digital consultant to a number of start-ups.

Mark Stansfeld – Declaration of Interest


Carl Arntzen (Chair of the Employment and Skills Board)

Having studied Mechanical Engineering at University, Carl originally joined Worcester Bosch in 1985 as a Design Engineer, before moving into Product and Marketing Management.

Following the acquisition by Bosch in 1992, Carl spent three years working in Germany on the Group European product strategy, before returning to Worcester as Service Director, to run the After-Sales organisation.

Today Carl is Chief Executive Officer for the Worcester Bosch operations in the UK and Ireland. This includes the residential business operating under Worcester Bosch and the Commercial Industrial business operating under the Bosch brand.

Carl Arntzen – Declaration of Interest


Cllr Simon Geraghty (Vice Chair, Local Authority Representative)

Cllr Simon Geraghty is Leader of Worcestershire County Council. He has a keen interest in seeing Worcestershire businesses grow and succeed and it is in this role that he represents the County Council on the Worcestershire LEP.

Cllr Geraghty has been a County Councillor since 2005 and a City Councillor representing the St Clement Ward from the year 2000.

Simon Geraghty – Declaration of Interest


Prof David Green CBE (Higher Education Representative)

Prof Green is the Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Worcester. He has been the University’s executive head since 2003. He has led Worcester to successful applications for full University title in 2005, and for Research Degree Awarding Powers in 2010.

Worcester is the fastest growing university in the UK with the number of students enrolling to study doubling over the last seven years. Recent notable achievements include the opening of Europe’s first university and public library, The Hive, followed by first class sporting facility, The Worcester Arena.

David is a Cambridge educated economist and Professor specialising in international finance, whose previous appointments include leading the Leeds Business School.

David Green – Declaration of Interest


Nick Baldwin (Board representative on the Worcestershire Growth Fund Investment Decision Group)

Nick is an engineer and economist who lives in Worcester. He is the Chair of the Office for Nuclear Regulation. Until September 2014, he was the Chair of Sanctuary Housing Group. Previously he has been the Chief Executive of a FTSE 100 company and a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of a number of major private, public and not for profit sector companies and organisations.

He is Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Director, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Nick Baldwin – Declaration of Interest


Chris Walklett (Board representative on the Inward Investment Board)

Chris qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Corporate and International Tax team in 1999 before moving into roles in industry, most notably as Head of Tax at easyJet plc where he worked as part of the senior leadership team to help expand the airline across Europe. He returned to practice in 2007, with a focus on advising businesses in the technology and innovation sector in Cambridge.

Chris and his family relocated to Worcester in 2013, and he took up a position as Business & International Tax Partner for Bishop Fleming LLP where he continues to advise and support clients operating in the technology and innovation sector, including those with an international focus.

Chris Walklett – Declaration of Interest


Stuart Laverick (Further Education Representative)

Stuart Laverick is Principal and Chief Executive, Heart of Worcestershire College

As a Business, Marketing and Economics educator and researcher, Stuart has enjoyed a 30 year career working within the College, University and School sectors as both a teacher and leader. For more than twenty years he and his colleague Professor Michael Brown were responsible for the annual Britain’s Most Admired Companies, benchmarking research that appears in Management Today.

As Principal and Chief Executive of Heart of Worcestershire College, created from the recent merger of North East Worcestershire College and Worcester College of Technology, Stuart is responsible for a £40m turnover organisation that employs circa 1,000 people and will provide technical, vocational and professional education opportunities for circa 20,000 learners on full-time, part-time and work based further and higher/professional education courses.

Stuart Laverick – Declaration of Interest


Mark Martin (Chair of Business Board and Small Business Champion)

Born in Chiswick, London, Mark moved to Worcester 8 years ago. With over 25 years in the design and construction industry Mark has worked on a wide range of development and infrastructure projects across the UK and the World. These include Heathrow Terminal 5, M4/M25 widening, Disneyland, Paris, Pfizer Headquarters, Walton Oaks, Kingswood Business Park, Ascot, Hurghada Resort, Egypt, and Dorney Olympic Rowing Lake, Berkshire. Mark also worked on the West Bank Protection Plan in Palestine which was formed after the Oslo agreement.

Mark studied in Manchester and Leeds and owns a multi-disciplinary design company in Worcester, called One Creative Environments Ltd. The company has recently delivered a new £34million Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry at the old Pebble Mill site in Birmingham and is the company behind the Worcester Green Skywalk proposal. It is also a leading company in the application of Building Information Modelling (BIM), a government standard for design and construction processes.

Mark is a Worcester Wolves basketball supporter and very much enjoys attending local sporting events: the races, cricket and rugby.

Mark Martin – Declaration of Interest


Cllr Karen May

Cllr Karen May is Deputy Leader of Bromsgrove District Council and Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, Economic Development and Regeneration.

During her time on the Council Karen has been Vice Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, sat on the Planning Committee, Licencing Committee and the Artrix Holding Trust.

Karen believes it is a great privilege to represents her ward and is available to help her residents with any issues they may have.

Karen May – Declaration of Interest


Sue Jordan

Sue is an experienced board level HR Director, with over 30 years’ experience in a range of Senior Leadership roles.
She has worked in the Retail, Logistics, Utilities and Rail sectors for a number of leading UK and European Companies.
Sue sits on the ACAS council and is a Trustee of a number of charitable organisations.

She is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Sue Jordan – Declaration of Interest


Nicola Whiting

An experienced Chief Operations & Strategy Officer with a strong history of working in Cyber Security / Information Security, Nicola Whiting has led Titania from ambitious start-up to the multi-million pound, award-winning company it is today – in less than a decade.

An advocate for Autism and Women in Cyber, she provides government level advice on Diversity and is Worcestershire’s Commissioner for the UK Cyber Science & Innovation Audit. She is an engaging public speaker and writes for publications such as The Huffington Post, Defence Contracts Bulletin, Defence News Online and Signal. Keynote topics include “The Rise of Automated Attacks”, “The Future of Automated Cyber Defences” and “Hacking the Human Brain”. Her recent whitepaper “The Future of Autonomous Mitigation” is the latest example of Nicola’s contribution to the specialist field of self-healing systems.

In 2017 Nicola was named by SC Magazine as one of the Top 20 most influential women working in cyber security.

Nicola Whiting – Declaration of Interest