The Worcestershire 1000 Team


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Richard Soper


Former Chief Executive of Worcester Bosch, Richard was born and educated in Worcestershire and spent the majority of his career based in Worcester.  At present, Richard is the Chair of the Regency High School Governors and also Chairs the Worcester Community Trust, in addition, working with Worcestershire County Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership on their education and internships programme as well as the Worcestershire initiative.

Richard describes Worcestershire’s business community as proud, he considers that the Worcestershire approach can support the business community by maintaining Worcestershire’s growth expectations and encourage investment.

 

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Gary Woodman


Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP), Gary is responsible for driving Worcestershire’s Economic Strategy forward and leading WLEP’s Executive Team to deliver the county’s economic ambitions and oversight of the annual business plan.

Gary has been actively involved in projects including the 5G Testbed and Apprenticeships Portal in addition to the establishment of BetaDen, a new technology accelerator. He is excited to be involved in the Worcestershire initiative.

 

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Keith Beech


Keith is the Head of Communications at Worcestershire County Council. When describing the business community in Worcestershire, Keith says that there is positive activity to develop the county’s economy. The Worcestershire approach brings this activity together and by harnessing passion for the county, much can be achieved.

Keith wanted to get involved in the Worcestershire initiative because he firmly believes that by telling more people about what Worcestershire has to offer, we can bring in businesses to set up and grow here in the county, we can attract visitors to spend time here and we can encourage people to make Worcestershire their home.


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Jack Barnett


Jack is the PR, Marketing and Communications Manager for Worcestershire LEP, helping to promote Worcestershire as a connected, creative, dynamic county to regional, national and international audiences.

Jack considers the county’s advantage to be its diverse business community. He believes that the Worcestershire approach will help the county to celebrate its successes via an amplified voice and visible brand.
 

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Vince Hopkins


Vince is Director of BRI Wealth Management and describes Worcestershire’s business community as fair-minded, collegiate and supportive.

Vince considers that the Worcestershire initiative can help businesses to unite and will facilitate the creation of a county identity. For Vince, it is important that “no one” owns the brand but considers that we all do. 

Having been a member of the Worcestershire Ambassadors for ten years and Chairman for three, Vince got involved in the Worcestershire approach because its objectives are identical to what the Ambassadors are also endeavouring to achieve. 

Vince is also heavily involved with Wooden Spoon charity within Worcestershire.

 

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Sue Crow


Worcestershire County Council


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Megan Warburton


Megan is the Brand Co-Ordinator for Worcestershire. Having relocated to the Midlands for this role, she considers that Worcestershire’s business community is inclusive and supportive and believes that the Worcestershire approach provides a platform to unite its businesses and organisations. The Worcestershire initiative recognises the shared aim of promoting the fantastic work that is done across the county regionally, nationally and internationally. 

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Jane Doyle


Jane is the Communications and Engagement Officer for North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration (NWedR). She is responsible for working to ensure that the voice of North Worcestershire is heard.

Jane describes the business community in Worcestershire as friendly, proactive and innovative and considers that the Worcestershire approach provides a robust, meaningful and proud platform to show the diversity and opportunity of the county.

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Harry Lonsdale


Harry is the President of the University of Worcester’s Student’s Union. He considers that the Worcestershire approach can help businesses to network with other businesses from across the county.

Harry got involved in the Worcestershire initiative because he believes that it is important for companies to assist in the development of Worcestershire, the Student Union felt that it was important to demonstrate what they are doing to contribute and help the community.