The role of the Town Deal Board is to help drive forward long term, inclusive economic and productivity growth in Norwich via the development of a Town Deals Investment Plan. Its role includes:
- Develop and agree an evidenced based Town Investment Plan, including initial concept projects and interventions
- Develop a detailed programme of projects and interventions, through the businesses cases for each project
- Identifying key measures of success for each intervention and ensuring that progress is communicated to and co-ordinated with the activities of other key economic stakeholders and groups in Norwich.
Tim Bishop is the Chief Executive of the Forum Trust, the independent charity that runs the landmark Forum building in the centre of Norwich.
The Forum is a hugely popular venue and plays a key role in the life of the city centre from the Lord Mayor’s Weekend to the hugely popular Run Norwich 10K. The Forum organises the Norwich Science and Games Festivals and coordinates Norfolk’s annual Heritage Open Days events, the biggest in the UK outside London.
He is a member of the Norwich Business Improvement District.
Linn Clabburn is the programme director for the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor, a partnership initiative set up to support investment, collaboration and innovation across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. The Tech Corridor brings together private and public sector stakeholders throughout the region to drive and lead several projects and activities to delivery inclusive economic growth.
Prior to joining the Tech Corridor, Linn worked in venture capital, investing in, and supporting, early stage cleantech businesses.
Phil Courtier is Director of Place for both Broadland and South Norfolk Councils.
In his role he is responsible for Planning, Building Control, Economic Growth, Licensing and Environmental Protection across the two districts.
He is also a Director for the Greater Norwich Partnership.
Stephen Evans joined Norwich City Council as Chief Executive in January 2020 from the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames where he held the position of Executive Director, Communities.
Previous to this, Stephen was Assistant Chief Executive at the London Borough of Barnet. During his seven years at Barnet, he held a number of Chief Officer roles including Chief Operating Officer and Director of Strategy, Communications and Customer Services.
Before his move into local government, Stephen spent 10 years in Whitehall at HM Treasury in a range of senior public spending, policy and ministerial advisor roles.
Stefan Gurney is Executive Director of Norwich BID and VisitNorwich. Vice-Chair of the BID Foundation and Chair of the ATCM Advisory Council. Focused on providing leadership, strategic direction and accountability for BIDs, working in collaboration with local, national and international partners. A leading voice on BIDs, shaping and influencing the national city centre agenda; forging successful initiatives and projects nationally, winner of the Great British High Street of the Year and ATCM accolades BID of Year, Inspirational Leader of the Year and Campaign of the Year.
Prior to this role, he was the City Centre Manager with Norwich City Council, also working with Compass Group, Sainsbury’s, Virgin Cinemas and Rentokil Initial.
Kris is CEO of Techvelocity and the Founder of Magic Sauce. After a career spanning agency and client side marketing, financial services, IT security and subscription goods, he's helped regional tech start ups that have gone on to raise over £8m in the last 3 years. A regular contributor to various tech sites, blogs and events, he's a self-confessed "start up nerd".
He's also a member of Tech London Advocates/Global Tech Advocates and a Tech Corridor Ambassador.
Clive Lewis MP
Clive Lewis was elected the Labour MP for Norwich South in May 2015. Before entering Parliament Clive was Vice President of the National Union of Students, a BBC TV political reporter as well as Army reservist infantry officer, serving a combat tour of Afghanistan in 2009.
Clive Co-Chairs the APPG on the Green New and the APPG Future of Work, and he is the Chair of the APPG on Race and Community. He has been Shadow Minister for Climate & Energy Change, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and, mostly recently, Shadow Minister for the Treasury, with a focus on Environmental Economics and Sustainable Finance.
Helen Lewis is Director of Research and Innovation Division at the University of East Anglia. She has 20+ years experience in HE including roles as Director of Administration in the Faculty of Medicine at UEA and a Change Management Consultant at St George’s, University of London. Previous positions have been held at the American Institute for Foreign Study in London and the Training and Development Division of the National YMCA.
Helen is member of the CBI’s East of England Council, the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce Board, Norwich Business Improvement District, the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor Board, Director of Low Carbon Innovation Fund Ltd (LCIF2), member of LEP Innovation Advisory Board and previously held positions on UEA’s Council, the Boards of AURIL and Cinema City and the Board of Governors of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Trust.
Vince is Director of Growth and Development at Norfolk County Council. He is an experienced manager living in Norfolk with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. He is responsible for jobs and housing growth, skills and apprenticeship development, infrastructure, spatial and transport planning, external funding and leads the managing authority for INTERREG France-Channel- England ETC programme.
Vince is skilled in community engagement, project management, project delivery, and policy analysis. He is a strong finance professional with a Master's degree focused in Social Policy and Administration from Middlesex University.
Graham is the Executive Director of Development and City Services for Norwich City Council. His responsibilities include regeneration, growth and housing delivery activities.
He has been involved in the Towns Deal Board since its inception and the identification of projects for inclusion in the Town Investment Plan Graham is a professional town planner by background and before becoming a director was the council’s Head of Planning for 10 years before becoming director.
Julia has worked in the Civil Service since 1983 in various roles before being appointed District Manager for East Anglia in June 2012. Since then Julia has been keen to develop a number of partnerships to tackle Social Justice. This includes a valuable partnership that she has forged with the Police and Crime Commissioner, as Vice-Chair of the Norfolk Rehabilitation Board, working to reduce re-offending by providing rehabilitation of offenders. Julia has also supported Chloe Smith MP with Norwich for Jobs placing young people from all backgrounds into employment and has been a Princes Trust Ambassador for 20 years.
She was very proud to be awarded an OBE in the Queens New Year’s Honour List 2017 for services to tackling youth unemployment in East Anglia and also to be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of East Anglia in October 2019.
Chris is a disruptor with over 25 years’ experience within digital start-ups and consulting.
He was appointed Chief Executive of the Norfolk Chambers of Commerce in June 2017. His primary focus, to set in place a modernisation program based around culture, purpose and digital transformation, mindful of course that any change should respect the credibility of an organisation that has been trading for over 125 years.
Chris worked in the 1990s helping shape Norwich Union Insurance’s journey to deal ‘Direct’ rather than via brokers before leaving to set up and launch its4me plc, one of the UK’s most successful online car insurance brokers and a major Norwich employer. Chris also created House Revolution – one of the UK’s first fully online estate agencies, alongside running his own business consultancy practice which has helped many organisations of all sizes across the UK successfully create or deal with digital transformation.
Chloe Smith MP
Chloe's been one of the youngest MPs in the country, with lots of energy, who's known for getting things done. Her work locally is unlike any other MP; she has built a project which has directly helped bring down youth unemployment in the city faster than elsewhere in the country.
When first elected, Chloe set out a contract with the voters of Norwich North, showing what she would do and what kind of MP she would be. She has kept those promises. Chloe is now delivering more for Norwich in her “Six Point Plan for Norwich”.
During her time as an MP she has served as Minister for the Constitution under three different Prime Ministers. She has also been a Treasury Minister, where her focus included oil and gas fiscal policy and a range of other taxes. Whilst serving as a back-bench MP, her Parliamentary work included scrutiny of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and two Childcare bills which will provide help to millions of families.
Chris is responsible for the day to day running and development of the Local Enterprise Partnership.
Working closely with the Board, Chris guides the strategic direction of the LEP, ensuring it retains its focus on creating jobs and removing the barriers to economic growth.
Chris enables New Anglia businesses to have a voice at the highest possible level, by representing them at Westminster and liaising with key influencers on the topics that are important for our region.
Sarah Steed is Director of Innovation and Engagement at Norwich University of the Arts. Through her role she is engaged with the cultural and economic growth of Norwich and the region, particularly with regard to the development of digital creative industry. She chairs the Creative Industry Group of New Anglia LEP, sits on the Norfolk Museum Development Foundation Board, the LEP Innovation Board and Council for Digital Tech.
Sarah oversees the NUA Ideas Factory business incubation programme which has seen more than 80 new digital creative businesses start up in the City – one element of NUA’s strategy to retain highly skilled graduates in the region.
Mike Stonard is Cabinet Member for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth at Norwich City Council, where he has been an elected councillor since 2012. He studied economics at university and has an interest in sustainable, equitable economic development.
Mike previously had a 25 year career in the NHS, during which he was Chief Executive of several NHS Trusts. Amongst a range of council responsibilities, he is Chair of its housing company, Norwich Regeneration Limited, Chair of the Sustainable Development Panel, Chair of the East Norwich Partnership Board and Chair of The River Wensum Strategy Partnership Board. He is also President of Norwich Labour Party, Chair of the local charity Future Projects and Managing Director of FDN Limited, which broadcasts around twenty radio stations on DAB across the City.
Councillor Alan Waters
Alan was elected leader of Norwich City Council in May 2015. He was first elected to the council in May 1988 and served as council leader 1993 –1998. Other positions held have included portfolio holder for finance & deputy leader.
By profession, a background in education having worked as a teacher at comprehensive schools in London, Australia, and Norfolk. Between 2004 -2017 Alan worked at the Local Government Information Unit as a policy officer and latterly as Learning and Development Manager. Currently, he is a member of the South East Board of the Arts Council; an executive member of the Key Cities Group - where he holds the culture portfolio and represented Key Cities on the ‘Creative Cities Commission’ (2018-19).
Alan is the vice-chair of the National Writers Centre, and a board member of the New Anglia LEP. Since 2018 he has been a Visiting Fellow at South Bank University and a Board member of the Journal ‘Local Economy’ (2013 -).
Jerry is Deputy Principal at City College Norwich. He began his professional career in Kent as a University Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science, specialising in Sport and Exercise Psychology and the Sociology of Sport.
Following a return to Norfolk in 2002 he held a number of roles within the Norfolk County Council Adult Education Service, culminating in serving as Deputy Head of Service. In 2009 Jerry joined City College Norwich where he has been Deputy Principal since 2012. In this role he has key responsibility for all aspects of the College’s provision, with a particular focus on Apprenticeships and Higher Education, the latter accounting for around 900 students. As a sector leader, Jerry chairs the Association of College’s national Policy Group for Teaching and Learning. He also chairs the New Anglia College’s Group Deputy Principals group and currently co-chairs the Post 16 SEN Strategy Group for Norfolk.