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KMEP Membership:

Business Representatives:

The Kent and Medway Economic Parternship are currently in the process of recruiting business board members.

The deadline for applications is Friday 10th January 11:59 pm.

If you would to apply, please Click here

Higher Education Representative (HE):

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran
Vice Chancellor, Canterbury Christ Church University
Prof. Thirunamachandran’s Register of Interest can be found here.

Further Education Representative (FE):

Simon Cook
Principal, Mid-Kent College
Simon Cook’s Register of Interest can be found here.

Local Authority Representatives:

Roger Gough
Leader Kent County Council
Roger Gough Register of Interest can be found here.


Rodney Chambers
Cabinet Member Medway Council
Rodney Chambers’ Register of Interest can be found here


Gerry Clarkson
Leader Ashford Borough Council
Gerry Clarkson’s Register of Interest can be found here.


Robert Thomas
Leader Canterbury City Council
Robert Thomas’ Register of Interest can be found here.


Jeremy Kite
Leader Dartford Borough Council
Jeremy Kite’s Register of Interest can be found here.


Trevor Bartlett
Leader Dover District Council
Trevor Bartlett’s Register of Interest can be found here.


David Monk
Leader Folkestone & Hythe District Council
David Monk’s Register of Interest can be found here


John Burden
Leader Gravesham Borough Council
John Burden’s Regsiter of Interest can be found here.


Martin Cox
Leader Maidstone Borough Council
Martin Cox’s Register of Interest can be found here.


Peter Fleming
Leader Sevenoaks District Council
Peter Fleming’s Register of Interest can be found here


Roger Truelove
Leader Swale Borough Council
Roger Truelove’s Register of Interest can be found here


Rick Everitt
Leader Thanet District Council
Rick Everitt’s Register of Interest can be found here


Nicolas Heslop
Leader Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
Nicolas Heslop’s Register of Interest can be found here


Alan McDermott
Leader Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Alan McDermott’s Register of Interest can be found here.

The Kent and Medway Economic Partnership’s Strategic Programme Manager’s Register of Interest can be found here.

Duration of membership:


  • A Local Authority Leader’s appointment to the Board will run concurrently with his/her tenure as Leader of the Council.

  • The HE & FE representatives shall be selected by the universities and FE colleges located in Kent and Medway. The HE & FE representatives shall remain a Board Members until the KMEP Chairman (via the Secretariat) is advised by the universities or the FE colleges that a new nominee is proposed.

  • A private sector representative has a two-year tenure on KMEP, following which they may be reappointed by the Business Advisory Board for an additional successive term. There is no maximum number of terms that a Business Representative can serve.
  • Interested in joining KMEP?:


  • We always welcome applications from business leaders that are interested in sitting on the Partnership. Those individuals are asked to submit their details using the ‘apply’ function on this website.
  • An induction meeting will be offered to those applicants selected to join the Partnership.
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