Thames Valley Berkshire LEP makes new appointments

Thames Valley LEP Tim Page

Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership has strengthened its team with three new appointments.

Tim Page has been appointed Head of Economic Strategy and Research at the LEP. With more than 25 years of experience in research and having previously worked at the Trades Union Congress, Tim will provide a comprehensive economic, business, skills and labour market evidence base and overview of government policy and translate this into strategy  to ensure that the LEP meets the goals of its Strategic Economic Plan and pending Local Recovery & Renewal  Plan. Tim will identify the LEP’s intelligence requirements, develop in-house expertise, source external intelligence and translate this into economic development policy and strategy to meet Berkshire’s needs, providing advice to the LEP Board and Advisory Groups as well as preparing policy papers for use locally and nationally.

Sue Sharp and Jessi Loftus have been appointed as Enterprise Co-ordinators supporting and developing the Berkshire Enterprise Adviser Network in Reading, West Berkshire, Wokingham, Windsor & Maidenhead and Slough, to help transform careers education for young people. Sue has a wide-ranging careers advisory background providing careers guidance programmes and psychometric aptitude testing in schools and colleges in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, West London and a London University. Sue previously worked as a Careers Adviser at Bracknell and Wokingham College. Jessi is a qualified teacher and careers adviser with 30 years of experience of helping both young people and adults achieve their career ambitions. Most recently Jessi was Employment and Learning Manager at Slough Borough Council.

Enterprise Co-ordinators support schools and colleges to develop strong relationship with the business community in order to support business engagement for our future workforce and implement the Gatsby Benchmarks the gold standard for Careers and Enterprise Education. The Enterprise Co-ordinator galvanises the relationship between the school’s Senior Leadership Team and their Enterprise Adviser, a senior business volunteer who helps develop a relevant and robust careers strategy for the school.

LEP Chief Executive Alison Webster said: “I am delighted to welcome Tim, Sue and Jessi to the LEP team. They are strong additions to our existing team and will help us to deliver the strongest possible Local Recovery and Renewal Plan, which will in turn generate economic growth in Berkshire as we come out of the challenges of this pandemic.”