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Meet the team - Katie Fulcher

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

My current focus is on increasing the depth of our engagement with our business community. In particular, providing more opportunities for the LEP to listen to what companies and partners tell us is important to unlocking economic growth in the region, and to involve more businesses in the development and interventions of the LEPs delivery plans. It is also about how we can increase the visibility of the LEPs interventions and the impact being made. I really love to meet people, gain new perspectives, and hear about all the exciting opportunities being developed by our business community.

What are you most proud of achieving at the LEP?

So much of what we achieve is achieved through collaboration, and strong partnership working. There are many things I am proud of being involved with working at the LEP., One project that comes to mind is launching the Be the Business Mentoring for Growth programme, now available to all our SMEs through the GBSLEP Growth Hub. The programme offers unique access to high calibre mentors with global corporate experience to share knowledge, ideas and good practice. I had the opportunity to lead the pilot here in our region, and see it through to a national rollout. I also got to work with some incredibly talented individuals from across the country along the way.

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

This is a challenging one to answer. One thing I love about this region is there’s always something coming up to look forward to! We are lucky to have such a strong cultural offering, and there are countless exhibitions I look forward to attending. As I’m pushed to choose one, I’ll go for Birmingham’s annual Chinese New Year celebrations! Coming up on the 5th February.

Here in the LEP there are also lots of projects to look forward to. I’m personally very excited to work with our Board Director representing young people to launch an initiative which will meaningfully involve our young people in the development of policy affecting the future of our economy – after all they will be the leaders of the future!!

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

In all honesty, I moved here to live with my best friend, and I wasn’t particularly set on which city I wanted to live in! Eight years later… I haven’t left. The transformation of the region during that period has been extraordinary, and fantastic to witness. On top of all exciting physical development, what really made me stay was the people, I love that Brummie spirit of collaboration. This region has been amazingly welcoming and made it an easy choice to stay.

Outside of the LEP I am involved with Birmingham Future, this membership organisation has also played a big role in me deciding to stay here. I joined being completely new to the area, and have since formed lasting friendships and countless invaluable professional connections. I would recommend anyone new to the region checking it out.

What would be your “specialist subject” on Mastermind?

I would definitely describe myself as a generalist, so I’m not too sure how well I’d fare on Mastermind! Although I did study literature and enjoy most things history, so I’d have a go at novels of the 18th Century.

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

A tough one to pick two – I’m inspired by so many people in all different aspects of my life. I’ll take this an opportunity to shamelessly fangirl and go with Hayao Miyazaki and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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