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Adam Bryan

Chief Executive Officer, South East Local Enterprise Partnership

Adam Bryan has developed a career in bringing the public and private sectors together to support economic growth. After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Nottingham (2002) and moving to the Nottingham Business School to complete an MSc with Commendation in Management and Marketing (2004), his first foray into economic growth was as a Sector Lead for the East of England Development Agency (2004-2007) where he had responsibility for ensuring the delivery of a number of innovation-driven projects and for developing and delivering the concept of Enterprise Hubs across the region.

Following this, Adam spent a number of years providing the economic development policy and strategy lead in various senior roles for Essex County Council (2007-2015) where he operated at the vanguard of policy around economic development and led the delivery of Essex’s first Local Economic Assessment.

Since late 2015, he has been responsible for directing the successes of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership – the business-led body for promoting and enabling economic growth spanning East Sussex, Essex, Medway, Kent, Southend and Thurrock. The LEP orchestrates investment in schemes which support the growth of the economy in the area and Adam’s team ensures that the LEP board deploys its spending power of some £850m to best effect and according to a strong suite of innovative local strategies which are developed in strong collaboration with a vast range of local stakeholders.

3 things Adam likes about Innovation

  1. Innovation provides the freedom to think rather than just react.
  2. Innovation enables go-getting places to thrive.
  3. Innovative people are able to inspire so many more.