Meet the Team

NEP has a strong track record in the development and delivery of strategic economic investment programmes including successful delivery of Government programmes such as Regional Growth Funding, Growing Places, together with locally funded initiatives sucvh as INV-ENT, LOCATE and Soft Landing.

This successful delivery is down to the NEP team, which is competent, capable and effectively resourced with significant experience in delivering economic growth activity. Importantly, the team has a sound understanding of the locality, together with the commitment to work strongly in partnership via the new governance arrangement.

In anticipation of the move to delivery of the SEP and ESIF strategy, NEP has completed a re-organisation designed to manage both performance and in-house delivery of NEP products and services, alongside a strategy and commissioning function, which will delivery through partner organisations. NEP will operate these two distinct arms of the business, ensuring that there is a clear separation of duties between the role of investment manager for national and European funding, and that of delivery body for local programmes.

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June Meadows

Head of Finance Email June
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June joined Northamptonshire Enterprise in November 2007 as Financial Controller.

Prior to joining NEP, June worked in financial control and management accountant roles for the private sector in various industries including import and distribution, manufacturing and engineering.

These roles included producing and overseeing monthly management accounts, adapting and implementing accounting systems and responsibility for finances for a company with aRead More

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Charlotte Patrick

Business growth Manager (Supply Chain) Email Charlotte
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Charlotte has been with Northamptonshire Enterprise since its inception, transferring as part of Invest Northamptonshire as an Investor Development Manager.

Prior to this, Charlotte managed trade associations for the UK Food industry: lobbyingRead More

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Cathy Martin

Senior Programme Manager Email Cathy
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Cathy has been with NEP since its inception, transferring from Northamptonshire County Council as part of the economic development team. 

In her early role within economic development, Cathy was instrumental in gaining support and funding for the Naseby Battlefield project and overseeing project delivery. She has also supported the management and delivery of various funding programmes including contract and performance monitoring. As the policy lead for enterpriseRead More

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Julie Hardisty

Programme Assistant Email Julie
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Julie joined NEP in October 2014 to support the development and delivery of key projects within all teams and provide support to the senior management team. As part of this role, Julie has recently taken on the monitoring of two local funding programmes:

  • INV-ENT is a local initiative which provides grants to Small and Medium Sizes Enterprises (SMEs) to help support these businesses and to stimulate business development, innovation and growth, and the creation of new jobs); and .Read More
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Debbie Roe

Executive PA to Chair, Chief Executive & Office Manager Email Debbie
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Mark Hillier

Senior Marketing and PR Executive Email Mark
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Following a spell in industry, Mark has worked extensively in media and corporate communications for more than 20 years.

In 1990, he joined Northcliffe Newspapers as a publicist and subsequently feature writer. He also played a major part in organising some of Leicestershire's biggest stage and outdoor events.

In the late nineties, Mark became Media & Corporate Communications Manager for Leicester City Football - the first role of its kind in the game and one whichRead More

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Louise West

Job Broker Email Louise
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Louise joined NEP in August 2012 as a Jobs Broker having previously worked at a local college as a Project Coordinator managing a variety of government contracts.

Former projects have focussed on supporting a range of local and national companies with their recruitment processes whilst developing suitable training programmes to assist the unemployed back into work.

As Jobs Broker, Louise continues to work with organisations to assist with their recruitment.

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Julia Schumacher

Business Partnership Manager Email Julia
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Julia joined Northamptonshire Enterprise in January 2008.    Julia’s first role at Northamptonshire Enterprise was to implement and manage the Northamptonshire AmbassadorRead More
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Jo Lappin

Chief Executive Officer Email Jo
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Jo Lappin joined NEP on 2nd December 2013. Read More
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Jonathan Nunn

Internationalisation Manager Email Jonathan
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Kerry Senatore

Education Business Manager Email Kerry
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Kerry joined NEP in November 2015 to lead on the implementation of the Enterprise Advisers pilot.  This is now a fully developed programme linking schools and employers in the county to develop strategies for ensuring all young people have the right employability skills and understand the options and opportunities to progress in a career in the county. 

As Education Business Manager Kerry is also responsible for the Inspiration Contract (National Careers ServiceRead More

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Rebecca Goodchild

Programme Assistant Email Rebecca
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Rebecca joined NEP in December 2014 providing support on the delivery of the HPT Investment Programme, which offered grants to local businesses in the HPT sector to enable growth and job creation. Her role involved administrating the final call for applications, dealing with the appraisal and contract process and subsequently liaising with businesses on performance monitoring.

Since June 2015 Rebecca has become involved in the delivery of the INV-ENT initiative, a local grant programmeRead More

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Jo Stewart

Employment & Skills Manager Email Jo
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In March 2012, Jo took up a post on secondment from Jobcentre Plus to set up and manage our Job Brokerage project.

Supported by the local Leadership Group, the purpose of this project is to work with Northamptonshire employers to maximise employment opportunities for young people. This has proven to be a really exciting opportunity which has resulted in some great success stories.

Prior to joining NEP, Jo was employed by the Department for Work and PensionsRead More

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Sajeeda Rose

Chief Operating Officer Email Sajeeda
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Tim Bagshaw

Head of Business & Innovation Email Tim
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Gill Birkett

Marketing Executive, New Media Email Gill
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Gill joined NEP in 2007 having previously worked in a stand-alone marketing role for a multi-national food manufacturer.

Gill studied marketing and health at The University of Northampton graduating with a 2:1 classification in 2005. Since graduation, she has gained significant experience in a variety of marketing disciplines ranging from PR to social media management.

Gill's responsibilities at NEP reflect the diversity of her skill set and focus mainlyRead More

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Kate Dent

Head of Marketing and Communications Email Kate
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Experienced communications professional with strong international private sector background. Energetic, creative, results oriented marketer and leader, under Kate’s leadership the NEP Communications team has developed an excellent reputation for innovative campaign delivery, for being a strong business partner and consistently delivering results and value add. The team was nominated in 2015 for a Celebrating Success Award for its role in developing and delivering a Northamptonshire HealthyRead More

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