Former BBC correspondent promoted to GBSLEP Director of Communications and External Affairs

Former BBC correspondent promoted to GBSLEP Director of Communications and External Affairs

07 Jun 2022


Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has promoted Satnam Rana-Grindley to the newly created role of Director of Communications and External Affairs.

Satnam joined GBSLEP in August 2020 as Head of Communications after 21 years at the BBC as a Broadcaster, Journalist and Arts & Culture Correspondent.  Over the last 21 months, Satnam has been instrumental in designing and delivering corporate communications as well as transitioning PR and media production in-house. Satnam has also been key to designing GBSLEP’s Young People You(th) Matter Strategy. 

Anita Bhalla, GBSLEP Interim Chair says:

“The value of GBSLEP’s contribution to inclusive and sustainable economic growth has been shared far and wide through corporate communications thanks to the wealth of storytelling experience Satnam has brought to the organisation. Her journalism background and strategic thinking has helped shape the direction of GBSLEP. This will be invaluable as we continue our negotiations with the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), on how we will integrate LEP services following the publication of the Levelling Up White Paper."

As a member of GBSLEP's Leadership Team, Satnam has been integral in amplifying GBSLEP’s track record of delivering sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

Henriette Breukelaar, GBSLEP Chief Executive says:

“As a member of the Leadership Team, Satnam is a key ambassador for GBSLEP. Her regional reputation and profile are an asset for us at a time when we must keep shouting about the importance of our contribution to inclusive and sustainable growth in the region. Her energy and vision are invaluable to me and the team as we move through our transition year."

On her appointment, Satnam Rana-Grindley, Director for Communications and External Affairs says:

“Since joining in summer 2020, I have been impressed and humbled by the breadth of GBSLEP’s achievements from Paradise in Birmingham to our work with colleges to equip the next generation of our workforce with the right skills. Our agile and flexible business support for SMEs across the region is making a difference everyday. There is so much to be proud of and I look forward to continuing to lead the communications and marketing team to amplify the voice of GBSLEP through our transition year.”

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