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Meet Edward Scutt, Head of Governance at GBSLEP

Tell us about your job, and what your current focus is.

I am the Head of Governance. My role is to make sure that the LEP undertakes all of it’s action in line with the rules laid down by Government and also making sure we meet all of the legal requirements and that we do so with a high degree of transparency in the interests of all of our stakeholders. My current focus in addition to the working challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic is presenting to the LEP is making sure we have the right tools in place to provide both members of the team and our Directors with up to date knowledge in all the areas that affect us, to allow us to make and implement decisions correctly in the interests of all the parties that we support.

What are you most proud of achieving at the LEP?

I was recruited in August last year as the LEP was being established as a fully independent legal entity. I come from a Private Sector background, so helping the transition be a little bit easier for everyone (I hope) drawing on my experience is what I feel most proud of.

What upcoming event or project in the region are you most looking forward to?

That is a really difficult question as I can see the positive benefits of the projects that we are working on both internally and externally, but I guess high on my list would be the Commonwealth Games for although definitely not an athlete myself I enjoy watching the sporting achievements and I realise how much it will help put the West Midlands on the Global Stage.

What made you want to move to the region, or what made you stay?

I moved to the region for work, to help run the finance function of a newly acquired business and I stayed for much more important reason as I met and married my wife who already lived and worked in the region.

What would be your “specialist subject” on Mastermind?

That’s quite a challenging question as I enjoy answering the General Knowledge question. An evening of Mastermind, Only Connect and University Challenge is the ideal night in for me. If I have to choose a “specialist subject” it would probably be Genealogy – its how I relax and I have traced my family history back to the 1600’s.

If you were stuck in a lift with two people, who would you want them to be?

Albert Einstein would be my first choice, providing that he is happy to answer my endless questions – I have always been intrigued by how the mind of a genius works and he may be able to suggest a way to get the lift moving. Belinda Carlisle would be my other choice, I believe she has a great voice and singing along to her greatest hits would help keep our spirits up.

Describe life at the LEP in one word.

I think I have to agree with my colleague, Kate Shaw our Chief Operating Officer on this one – Stimulating ….