Surrey Business Leaders Forum
The Surrey Business Leaders Forum brings together senior business leaders from the major employers across Surrey. Its primary objective is to identify and prioritise economic and infrastructure needs within the region. By doing so, the forum aims to influence the actions and direction of funding of public sector partners to support these priorities effectively.
The forum held its inaugural meeting on September 25, 2020, marking the beginning of a regular platform for business leaders to engage in constructive discussions. These discussions revolve around identifying barriers to growth, exploring opportunities for success, and fostering collaboration within their respective sectors.Read the Terms of Reference
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
MONDAY 11TH DECEMBER
Through the forum, business leaders have the opportunity to share insights, expertise, and experiences, enabling them to contribute to the development and implementation of strategic plans for Surrey's economic advancement. By collectively addressing challenges and capitalising on opportunities, the forum aims to drive sustainable growth and prosperity in the region.Read the last Minutes
Surrey Business Leaders Forum Members
Director - Wates GroupRead More
Director - Wates Group
Tim Wates is a Director of Wates Group one of the UKs leading privately owned Construction, property services and development Companies. Wates Head office is in Leatherhead.
Tim is a Chair / non-executive director of two SMEs, is a trustee of the Clink charity, a member of the Advisory board for the Judge Business School at Cambridge University and a trustee of various Family Charitable Trusts. He was Chair of the Coast to Capital LEP for six years until July 2020 and is a Deputy Lieutenant for Surrey.
Andrew Smith OBE
Corporate Affairs Director - Pinewood StudiosRead More
Andrew Smith OBE
Corporate Affairs Director - Pinewood Studios
Andrew joined Pinewood Studios in June 2008 as Corporate Affairs Director. Prior to this, Andrew was Managing Partner of The Policy Partnership. Andrew is currently a member of the Film Skills Council, the British Film Commission Advisory Board, the British Screen Advisory Board and BAFTA.
Chief Claims Officer - Allianz UKRead More
Chief Claims Officer - Allianz UK
Graham joined Allianz as Director, Claims in June 2008 with responsibility for customer service delivery and technical integrity and he is a member of the AZ Commercial Executive Committee. Over and above his claims responsibilities Graham has ownership of Procurement & Workspace Services, Complaints and Fraud at a company level. Recently he became responsible for the Inspection Services Engineering business.
Graham represents Allianz in a number of market initiatives and was formerly a member of the Civil Justice Council, a Director of the Claims Portal, the Chartered Insurance Institute’s, Claims Faculty Advisory Board and a Director of AGF. Currently, he is the Chairman of Thatcham, the Chairman of Allianz Pensions Trustees, The Chairman of AEIS Ltd and a Director of the Insurance Fraud Bureau.
In addition he is a member of the Allianz Global Claims Committee which sets the Strategy for Claims at a group level.
Graham is a regular speaker at industry seminars and a contributor to trade press articles.
Richard Grainger (Chair)
Chairman - Liberation GroupRead More
Richard Grainger (Chair)
Chairman - Liberation Group
Richard worked in the City of London for over 25 years. Having qualified with Price Waterhouse, Richard joined the corporate finance department of Hill Samuel Bank in 1987 prior to moving with the team to Close Brothers Corporate Finance (“CBCF”) in 1996. Richard was Chief Executive of CBCF during its most successful growth period between 2001 and 2007. During this time, Richard was involved driving the growth of the UK business and developing and expanding Close Brothers International. Previously, he ran the Leisure and Retail Team and founded their Restructuring Team. Richard sat on the Management Board of Close Brothers Group plc for six years and finished as Chairman of CBCF in June 2009.
An Oxford graduate and a qualified Chartered Accountant, Richard is currently Chairman of Liberation Group, the brewer, pub owner and drinks wholesaler and Chairman of McKay Securities PLC, a Property Investment Trust (REIT). He is a trustee of Horatio’s Garden, a spinal injuries charity. Previous roles include the Chairmanships of Safestore Plc, Palmer & Harvey PLC, Ipes and Harrington Brooks.
Strategy & Business Director - Gordon MurrayRead More
Strategy & Business Director - Gordon Murray
Throughout my career I have been fortunate to have worked on a wide variety of vehicle and powertrain projects, and strategic expatriate assignments around the world. This experience has enabled the development of a broad set of technical, managerial and leadership skills and behaviours that I am ready to apply to accelerate transportation (and not just automotive) efficiency, electrification and drive profitable sustainability.
Head of External Engagement and Policy - Gatwick AirportRead More
Head of External Engagement and Policy - Gatwick Airport
In almost 27 years at Gatwick Airport, Alison’s career spans planning, airport development, and
community engagement. Since 2020 she has led Gatwick’s External Engagement and Policy
team, focusing on building relationships with external stakeholders to identify and understand
the key issues and influence policies relevant to Gatwick’s business recovery and future plans,
both locally and nationally. This includes a strategic focus on the theme of people, community
and economy within our sustainability strategy – Decade of Change to 2030
Economic Development, Public Policy (Amazon)Read More
Senior Director, UK Policy and Public Affairs - PfizerRead More
CFO - JellyfishRead More
CFO - Jellyfish
Went to school in Redhill and then Reigate College 6th form.
Studied Economics at Loughborough University whilst working with and being sponsored by BAA and involved in the building and set up of Terminal 5 and the Heathrow Express rail link.
Started with Jellyfish in Reigate 16 years ago and have helped build Jellyfish from starting in early pay per click services to now being a global business with 40 offices in 25 countries. We have a team of 2,500 fantastic digital experts providing a full range of leading digital services to global brands and partnering with Google, Meta and Amazon.
Hugely supportive of the local community and Surrey as a whole.
Head of Market Access and Corporate Affairs - SandozRead More
Head of Market Access and Corporate Affairs - Sandoz
Over 15 years’ experience in communications, government affairs, market access, policy and marketing, in pharmaceuticals and professional services. Roles at AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly and H+K Strategies.
Strategic leader skilled in communications, patient group liaison, healthcare policy and access and a respected people manager.
Market Leader, Personal Health - PhilipsRead More
Market Leader, Personal Health - Philips
Mark has been with Philips for nearly two decades and holds a formidable track record in accelerating the growth strategy across the business and contributing to the company’s role as a responsible UK business, from taking steps to combat the systemic health inequalities faced across the UK, to working with schools to improve the quality of the air our children breathe and in the face of national crisis, supporting our National Health System’s resilience in delivering life-saving care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the Philips Foundation lead for UK and Ireland, Mark plays a key role in delivering projects focused on improving the lives of the communities
Managing Director, Infrastructure - Atkins GlobalRead More
Global Health, Safety and Sustainability Associate Director (Fidelity International)Read More
Global Health, Safety and Sustainability Associate Director (Fidelity International)
Corporate Affairs Director - Asahi UKRead More
Economic Development, AmazonRead More
Jon Elliott MBE
Head of UK and Ireland Government Engagement, HaleonRead More
Jon Elliott MBE
Head of UK and Ireland Government Engagement, Haleon
Jon Elliott leads UK and Irish government engagement at Haleon plc, the world’s largest consumer healthcare company. Prior to joining Haleon Jon spent 3 years at AstraZeneca, where he led global government affairs strategy and prior to that UK government engagement on R&D including the development and delivery of AZ’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Before joining AZ Jon spent over 10 years in the UK Civil Service, working across multiple departments on the domestic and international agendas. Some highlights from his time there include negotiations with the US and the EU on post-Brexit regulation and trade and as part of the emergency response to crises such as the Ebola and Zika outbreaks.
He holds a degree in biological sciences from the University of Aberdeen and was awarded an MBE in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to British life-sciences and the COVID-19 response.
Economic Development Policy (Amazon)Read More
Head of Global Government Affairs (McLaren Automotive Ltd)Read More
Office Managing Partner RSM UKRead More
Office Managing Partner RSM UK
Chris is the Office Managing Partner of the RSM Guildford office, providing services across the county. RSM is a leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services to middle market leaders, globally.
Chris has been working with larger owner managed and private equity backed businesses for over 25 years. Chris is passionate about the local business community and keen that he and his local team at RSM help put Surrey on the map as one of the best places to do business in the Country.
Director of Science Transformation - APHARead More
Land and Development Director (Berkeley Group Plc)Read More
Community Engagement and Public Affairs (Gordan Murray Design)Read More
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