Mark Ryder

Strategic Director for Communities – Warwickshire County Council

Mark Ryder is Strategic Director for Communities at Warwickshire County Council, leading the ‘place’ agenda for Warwickshire.

The Communities Directorate brings together Education, Fire and Rescue as well as a range of front-line services including: Waste Management; Highways; Planning; Public and School Transport; Fleet Management and Civil Engineering Design Services; Trading Standards; Community Safety and Economic Development.

Graeme Brown

Editor of CoventryLive and the Coventry Telegraph.

Graeme Brown is the editor of CoventryLive and the Coventry Telegraph.

He is leading a Coventry newsroom with a growing digital audience reaching more than 12 million people per month.

His 15-year journalism career has spanned various disciplines including news, campaigns and business.

Paul Evans

Head of Community Communications – Severn Trent

David Shortland MBE

David Shortland MBE, HonDBA, FRICS

David has been devoted to property in Coventry for over 45 years and has recently received an MBE due to his devotion to the regeneration of Coventry City.  David is Chairman of Shortland Horne and Bluemark Projects and Honorary Ambassador to the Belgrade Theatre.

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Fleur Sexton DL

Joint Managing Director – PET-Xi

Fleur Sexton is Deputy Lieutenant, representing Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Businesswoman of the Year and CEO and co-founder of multi-award winning PET-Xi Training, one of the most hard-hitting and dynamic training providers in the UK with a reputation for success with the hardest to reach.

Martin Gibbs

Managing Partner – Dafferns LLP Chartered Accountants (representing Coventry First)

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Paula Deas

Deputy Chief Executive – Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Paula was instrumental in establishing the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership in 2011 and has worked with the Government to secure over £330 million of funding for the area in her role as Operations Director.

She is currently leading the development of the area’s Local Industrial Strategy which is a huge opportunity to continue to drive business growth and productivity across the region.