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Key Spokespeople

The IED has many experts who are happy to talk about a wide range of issues related to economic development and regeneration activities and policies. Our experts are available for interview via the IED’s PR consultant Phil Smith (01778 218180 / 07866 436159 / philsmith@ied.co.uk).

Bev Hurley

  • Access to finance
  • Business start-up, growth, scale-up
  • Inclusive growth and social value
  • European funding
  • Diversity and equality
  • Innovation
  • Skills
  • Supply chains and Procurement

Executive Director:

Nigel Wilcock

  • Economic data/analysis
  • Inward investment
  • State aid and grant funding
  • Matters affecting North West England

Keith Burge

  • Area-based regeneration
  • Business start-up and business support
  • Community development
  • Economic data/analysis
  • Economic development strategies
  • European funding
  • Inward investment
  • Tackling worklessness
  • Town centre regeneration
  • Using heritage and culture to drive regeneration
  • Matters affecting North East England

Richard Cairns

  • Matters affecting Scotland

Lawrence Conway

  • Central government initiatives
  • Local government relationships
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships
  • Structural change
  • UK economic policy

Stuart Hardisty

  • Economic development and planning
  • Land use
  • Property development (housing and employment)
  • Matters affecting South West England and Wales

Directors (cont):

Suzanne Malcolm

  • Branding and distinctiveness, place shaping, visitor economy
  • Improving broadband coverage in rural areas
  • Strategic property, particularly town centre regeneration

Tom Stannard

  • Devolution
  • Economic development and regeneration
  • Inclusive economic growth
  • Skills and labour market reform

Ben Pretty

  • Business cases and grant funding
  • Infrastructure and property funding
  • Land and property development
  • Residential development
  • Town centre regeneration
  • Matters affecting Yorkshire/North East

Gemma Davies

  • Economic development
  • Inclusive growth
  • Place strategy
  • Regeneration
  • Town Centres and High Streets

Paul Frainer

  • Doughnut economics
  • Environmental issues
  • Inclusive economy
  • Land-use planning and economics
  • Local government
  • Strategic planning

Mark Livesey

  • Freeports
  • Levelling up
  • Local economic growth
  • Local industrial strategies
  • Infrastructure
  • Skills

Greg Ward

  • Employment and skills
  • Town Centre regeneration
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