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.

Paul Walker MBE, Chair

Paul joined the Worcestershire LEP as Chair in 2023.

Paul is a Chartered Engineer, with B.Tech and M.Phil degrees in Materials Science from Bradford University. He has held a variety of technical and management roles in the steel industry before establishing his own management consultancy.

In 1993, he joined Malvern Instruments, a company which designs and manufactures scientific instrumentation, where he was Managing Director until he retired in 2017. Paul was awarded an MBE for services to the Industry in 2012.

Paul has held numerous board roles, most notably being Chair of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce for five years, and he is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Malvern Hills Science Park since 1999 and Vice Chair of King’s School Worcester.

Paul Walker – 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

Jane Britton (Higher Education Representative)

Jane Britton is the Pro Vice Chancellor of Communications and External Affairs at the University of Worcester.

She is a member of the University’s Executive Board and Chair of the UW Enterprises Board, which manages the University’s commercial activity.

Her role includes strategic leadership at a senior executive level in many areas across the University. As Pro Vice Chancellor of Communications and External Affairs she has specific responsibility for Student Recruitment, Strategic Marketing and Market Research, Corporate Communications and Alumni and Development.

Jane Britton – Declaration of Interest

Cat Lewis (Further Education Representative)

Cat is the Principal of Kidderminster College, having worked in Further Education for more than 20 years. She held senior roles at Heart of Worcestershire College and Stratford upon Avon College before joining NCG in September 2017.

The first in her family to go to University, Cat’s career in education began in a private girls boarding school, after which the challenge and reward of working in FE was too hard to resist!  She has long held a specialist interest in student experience, engagement and enhancement, whilst also gaining valuable experience in curriculum, quality and financial management.

With a real focus on opening doors and creating opportunities for people and organisations throughout the local community, Cat values the ability to work collaboratively across Worcestershire and is a passionate advocate of the enabling power of education. 

Cat Lewis – Declaration of Interest

Cllr Dan Morehead (Representative for North Worcestershire Local Authorities)

Wyre Forest District Councillor Dan Morehead is the Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration, Planning, and the Green Agenda. Dan is also a current County Councillor and a member of the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Authority.

As a senior leader for the John Lewis Partnership and having spent 15 years in different leadership roles, Dan brings a wealth of experience from this sector. He is a Fellow of The Chartered Management Institute, is an accredited Coach and holds an MA in Senior Leadership through Henley Business School.

Cllr Dan Morehead – Declaration of Interest

Cllr Tom Wells (Representative for South Worcestershire Local Authorities)

Cllr Tom Wells is the Leader of the Malvern Hills District Council and Portfolio Holder for Community Service.

Cllr Tom Wells – 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

Jennifer Long (Vice Chair, 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

James Speller

James Speller is managing director of Speller Metcalfe – a family-owned construction company that is headquartered in Malvern and which operates primarily across the Midlands and South West regions.

James started his career in the family business following a degree in Business Management, working first as a site manager before progressing to lead on business development. He first became a director in 2014 and officially took over the firm’s leadership as managing director in 2022. He is passionate about collaboration, sharing knowledge and industry betterment, spearheading the company’s first Equality, Diversity and Inclusion network and being a founding force behind ‘The Knowledge Series’, Speller Metcalfe’s own series of CPD-accredited events aimed at driving best practice in construction.

James is regularly called upon to support research into collaboration within the construction industry; this includes recent contributions to the development of HM Government’s Construction Playbook – of which Speller Metcalfe is a signatory – and an independent review of public sector construction frameworks commissioned by the Cabinet Office.

James Speller – Declaration of Interest

Nigel Hall

Nigel is an established C-level executive & interim, Nigel has complemented his mainstream career with multiple Board, NED, Chair, Advisory & Mentor/Coaching positions, working with early-stage Angel,
VC, PE, & public-backed companies.

Nigel brings a wealth of leadership experience, having worked his way up from an apprentice engineer to holding multiple senior positions across the UK and internationally. He has demonstrated a keen ability to guide and develop businesses at all stages, including globally recognised brands like Orange (now EE), KPMG, McLaren & PRSforMusic.

Nigel is also passionate about mentoring and supporting early-stage businesses to help create the business leaders of the future. Nigel also serves on the Advisory Board for BetaDen, Worcestershire’s Technology Accelerator programme, which was awarded Best Technology Accelerator of the Year at the UK Business Tech Awards 2022.