Meet the Board

Dorset LEP is led by a number of Board Members representing different sectors, Local Authority Leaders, and representatives from the Higher and Further Education sector. Their priority is to make decisions with Dorset’s best interest in mind. Dorset LEP's Articles of Association explain our purpose as well as our duties and responsibilities. 

Code of Conduct

All Dorset LEP Board members and staff adhere to a Code of Conduct, which adopts the Nolan Principles of Public Life as its basis. Board members signed Code of Conduct forms are available to view/download from their individual profiles below.

Conflict of Interests

You are able to view Dorset LEP’s full Conflict of Interest policy here. Board members signed Conflict of Interest forms are available to view/download from their individual profiles below. 


In the Meetings and Minutes section, you are able to view meeting dates, papers and minutes of Board meetings.


Dorset LEP Board members are not remunerated but can claim reasonable travel expenses if travelling on Dorset LEP business. Dorset LEP's Board Travel Expense Policy is here. Information on total value of expenses claimed by all Board members each year is availble here.

Board Recruitment

When positions on the LEP Board become available, they are publicly advertised and interested candidates are required to complete and submit an application form; as set out in our recruitment process. We are currently not looking to recruit, however for reference the Board Application Pack can be viewed here.

Board Induction

All new Board Members are subject to a formal mandatory induction process. Dorset LEP has an induction pack which is sent to new Board Members prior to them attending a formal induction with the Dorset LEP Director and Chair. 



Jim Stewart (Chair)

Chief Executive, Poole Harbour Commissioners

Jim Stewart Conflict of Interests

Jim Stewart Code of Conduct



Sara Uzzell  (Deputy Chair)

Growing Places Fund Steering Group Chair

Sara Uzzell Conflict of Interests 

Sara Uzzell Code of Conduct



Jim Andrews (Higher Education Representative)

Chief Operating Officer, Bournemouth University

Jim Andrews Conflict of Interests 

Jim Andrews Code of Conduct


Ian Girling (Dorset LEP Business Forum)

Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Ian Girling Conflict of Interests

Ian Girling Code of Conduct

Nick Brook

Chief Executive of Inca Group

Nick Brook Conflict of Interests

Nick Brook Code of Conduct

Nigel Evans (Further Education Representative)

Principal, Weymouth College

Nigel Evans Conflict of Interests 

Nigel Evans Code of Conduct


Nick Gaines

Managing Director, Ultra Electronics Energy

Nick Gaines Conflict of Interests

Nick Gaines Code of Conduct

Luke Rake (Rural Enterprise)

Principal and Chief Executive – Kingston Maurward College

Luke Rake Conflict of Interests

Luke Rake Code of Conduct

Emma Hunt

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Arts University Bournemouth 

Emma Hunt Conflict of Interests 

Emma Hunt Code of Conduct



John Sutcliffe (Enterprise Zone / Inward Investment)

Director of Business Development, Atlas Elektronik UK

John Sutcliffe Conflict of Interests

John Sutcliffe Code of Conduct


Alison Moore 

(Small Business Representative / Dorset Gateway)

Alison Moore Conflict of Interests 

Alison Moore Code of Conduct


Paul Read 

Head of Development and Sales, Magna Housing

Paul Read Conflict of Interest

Paul Read Code of Conduct


Arabella Lewis-Smith

Founder & Managing Director of Salad

Arabella Lewis-Smith Conflict of Interests

Arabella Lewis-Smith Code of Conduct


Nicola Newman 

Chief Executive of Ansbury Guidance

Nicola Newman Conflict of Interests

Nicola Newman Code of Conduct



 Richard Smith (Tourism)

Director, The Tank Museum

Richard Smith Conflict of Interests

Richard Smith Code of Conduct




Andrew Wickham 

Managing Director of Go South Coast 

Andrew Wickham Conflict of Interests

Andrew Wickham Code of Conduct










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