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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 /  

Bev Hurley

  • Access to finance
  • Business start-up, scale-ups and overall business support
  • Business wealth creation to support economic development
  • Diversity and equality agenda • Innovation • Skills 

Paul Webster

  • Access to funding
  • Business growth (start-ups, scale-ups and corporates)
  • Corporate finance
  • Inward investment
  • Pensions

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 

Dawn Hudd

  • Business start-up and business support
  • Strategic partnerships in local government
  • Using heritage, culture, leisure and tourism to drive regeneration 


Mark Lynam

  • Devolution
  • Inward Investment
  • Regeneration Policy
  • Transport 


Suzanne Malcolm

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


Gordon Mole

  • Business property
  • Economic benefits of tourism and events
  • Employability and employer engagement
  • Responsible procurement
  • Town centres
  • Matters affecting Scotland 


Warren Ralls

  • Growth Hubs
  • Industrial Strategy
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships