Meet the Board


Dorset LEP is led by a Board of directors that consists of business leaders from different sectors, local authority representatives, and Higher and Further Education sector representatives, and their priority is to make decisions with Dorset’s best interest in mind.

Dorset LEP Board members are not remunerated but can claim reasonable travel expenses if travelling on LEP business.  All Dorset LEP Board members must adhere to a Code of Conduct.

You are able to view Dorset LEP’s full Conflict of Interest policy here. You will also be able to view the Register of Board members' interests hereOn the Meetings and Minutes section, you are able to view meeting dates, and the agendas and minutes of Board meetings.



Jim Stewart (Chair)

Chief Executive, Poole Harbour Commissioners


Jim Andrews (Higher Education Representative)

Chief Operating Officer, Bournemouth University


John Beesley FIH

Leader, Bournemouth Borough Council



Nigel Evans
 (Further Education Representative)

Principal, Weymouth College 


Ian Girling (Employment and Skills)

Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry


Emma Hunt

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Arts University Bournemouth 


Rebecca Knox

Leader, Dorset County Council


Alison Moore 

(Small Business Representative / Dorset Growth Hub)

Luke Rake (Rural Enterprise)

Principal and Chief Executive – Kingston Maurward College

Kim Slowe

Andrea Smith (Housing)

Director and Management Consultant, Mikand

Gary Suttle 

Leader of Purbeck District Council 



Richard Smith (Tourism)


Director, The Tank Museum



John Sutcliffe (Enterprise Zone / Inward Investment)

Head of Strategic Development, Atlas Elektronik


Sara Uzzell  

Janet Walton

Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole 

Andrew Wickham 

Managing Director of Go South Coast 








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