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.

Currently, as well as being Chair of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, Worcestershire 5G Consortium and board member of UK5G, Mark is also a  Board advisor to Three Mobile and Chair of Airband, a leading rural broadband provider.

Mark Stansfeld – Declaration of Interest

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive, WLEP

Gary is driving forward the Worcestershire LEP and leading an Executive Team to support the WLEP’s ambitions and delivery of the WLEP business plan.

Gary is an innovative leader.  Galvanising business leaders across Worcestershire together with local authority and educational leaders, Gary has consistently achieved success in his role.
This builds on his previous record as Head of Policy and Education at Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, from which he has brought with him a wealth of business insight and networks as well as considerable experience of Government policy and delivery. Educated at the University of Wales, Cardiff, where he obtained his degree in Leisure and Recreation Management, and the University of Gloucestershire, where he studied for his postgraduate diploma in Business Administration, he previously worked for Gloucestershire County Council’s market towns and economic development arm, overseeing regeneration.

Gary Woodman – 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. Sarah Greer (Higher Education Representative)

Professor Sarah Greer is the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost of the University of Worcester. She is a barrister, qualified chartered accountant and accredited workplace mediator, with experience of both private and public sector organisations.

Sarah has also held a number of public appointments, including most recently as a General Commissioner for the Disabled Students’ Commission.

Sarah Greer – Declaration of Interest

Nick Baldwin (Vice Chair, Private Sector and Chair of Energy Steering 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 (Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee)

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

Cllr Marc Bayliss (Representative for South Worcestershire Local Authorities)

Cllr Marc Bayliss is the leader of Worcester City Council where he has been a councillor since 2002.

Marc is an experienced economic researcher and strategist with background in both public and private sectors having been managing director of Worcester Research Limited.

Marc Bayliss – Declaration of Interest

Cllr Frances Oborski (Representative for North Worcestershire Local Authorities)

Cllr Frances Oborski has been a councillor for 6 years at Wyre Forest District Council, being in office since 2013.

Frances Oborski – 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 (Diversity Champion for WLEP Board)

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


Jennifer Long (SME Champion for WLEP Board)

Jennifer started her career training initially as an accountant at Price Pearson and became integral in
the design, marketing, selling and supporting of their first software product ‘Tax Shield P11D Manager’, a product that continues to serve over 800 companies globally ranging from blue-chip PLC organisations, through to medium and small SMEs.

With a background in marketing, accounts, project management, and the design of technical cloudbased software applications, Jennifer trains in both the UK and USA with Adobe, Google and Microsoft and is a Fellow member of the Institute of Direct Marketing. She is IT and Marketing Director for Price Pearson Chartered Accountants and Managing Director for IceBlue, a technology focused digital marketing, bespoke cloud-based applications and Microsoft Azure infrastructure company based in Worcestershire.

Passionate about local business engagement, and Innovation she has been integral in the design and drive behind the award winning “find it in” business portals and has led the delivery of hundreds of “meet the buyer” events focused around large, local infrastructure projects for Worcestershire, Birmingham and the Black Country.

She is an active board member of Re-Wyre in the Wyre Forest and an advisory board member for BetaDen, Worcestershire’s Tech Accelerator for entrepreneurs and scale up businesses.

Jennifer Long – Declaration of Interest

John Dillon

John is the owner of GJS Dillon Commercial Property Consultants.

He has many years of experience within the property industry with roles such as Chartered Surveyor and Directors with Andrew Grant Commercial and Lambert Smith Hampton.

John Dillon – Declaration of Interest