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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 /

Tom Stannard

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

Executive Director:

Nigel Wilcock

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


Bev Hurley (past Chair)

  • 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

Lawrence Conway

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

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

Directors (cont):

Mark Livesey

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

Greg Ward

  • Employment and skills
  • Town Centre regeneration

Dave Widger

  • Business case development and appraisal
  • Development impacts and land value uplift
  • Economic impact assessment
  • Economic strategy
  • Employment and skills
  • Grant funding
  • Health and wellbeing assessment
  • Social value

Richard Cook

  • Economic development and the planning system
  • Housing
  • Skills
  • Social impact
  • Socio-economic data analysis

Lorna Young

  • Community-led tourism
  • Regional food and drink development
  • Rural economic development
  • Small and micro business
  • South of Scotland

Joanne Leek

  • Business case development
  • Devolution and system change
  • Economic development
  • Inclusive growth and social value
  • Levelling up
  • Social enterprise

Rebekah Formosa

  • Business case development and appraisal
  • Government funding
  • Town centre regeneration
  • Accommodation and estate strategy
  • Portfolio review

Kate Martin

  • National and regional place funding and growth investment
  • Economic development and regeneration
  • Prosperous communities and economic growth
  • Cultural industries and creative economies 
  • Freeports and Investment Zones 
  • Housing and growth
  • Asset management planning 
  • Sustainable growth and climate change 
  • Core Cities growth 
  • Matters Yorkshire 

Neil Darwin

  • Business case development
  • Business support and sourcing funding
  • Economic research, strategy and development
  • Infrastructure development and delivery
  • Inward investment
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