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 adhere to a Code of Conduct, which includes the Nolan Principles of Public Life. All LEP Board Members and staff have voluntarily signed up to the Code of Conduct which can be found here.

You are able to view Dorset LEP’s full Conflict of Interest policy here. Board member Conflict of Interest forms are available to view/download from their individual profiles below. On the Meetings and Minutes section, you are able to view meeting dates, and papers of Board meetings.



Jim Stewart (Chair)

Chief Executive, Poole Harbour Commissioners

Jim Stewart Conflict of Interests


Jim Andrews (Higher Education Representative)

Chief Operating Officer, Bournemouth University

Jim Andrews Conflict of Interests 


John Beesley FIH

Leader, Bournemouth Borough Council

John Beesley Conflict of Interests 


Nigel Evans (Further Education Representative)

Principal, Weymouth College

Nigel Evans Conflict of Interests 

Ian Girling (Dorset LEP Business Forum)

Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Ian Girling Conflict of Interests 

Emma Hunt

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Arts University Bournemouth 

 Emma Hunt Conflict of Interests 


Rebecca Knox

Leader, Dorset County Council

Rebecca Knox Conflict of Interests 



Alison Moore 

(Small Business Representative / Dorset Gateway)

 Alison Moore Conflict of Interests 

Gary Suttle 

Leader of Purbeck District Council

Gary Suttle Conflict of Interests 


Luke Rake (Rural Enterprise)

Principal and Chief Executive – Kingston Maurward College

 Luke Rake Conflict of Interests 


 Richard Smith (Tourism)

Director, The Tank Museum

Richard Smith Conflict of Interests



John Sutcliffe (Enterprise Zone / Inward Investment)

Director of Business Development, Atlas Elektronik UK

Sara Uzzell  

Sara Uzzell Conflict of Interests 

Janet Walton

Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole


John Sutcliffe Conflict of Interests 


Janet Walton Conflict of Interests


Andrew Wickham 

Managing Director of Go South Coast 



 Andrew Wickham Conflict of Interests 





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