Connectivity is a vital part of the Heart of the South West LEP’s ambitions to promote productivity and prosperity across the region. Find out about some of the projects we have been involved with across Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay, connecting people and businesses with improved transport and digital connectivity, to support business growth, collaboration, inclusivity and innovation.
£1.8 million of Growth Deal funding was provided by the LEP to support the development of a 5G testbed, delivering world-leading advanced communications infrastructure for local and international businesses.
£800k of Growth Deal funding provided by the LEP to develop the new Exeter bus station, promoting green public transport in an around the city and improving connectivity for rural and urban areas.
David Ralph started as Chief Executive of Heart of South West LEP at the beginning of June 2018. Previously, he had spent 5 years as CEO of the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (D2N2) LEP from 2013 where he oversaw the development of the D2N2 Strategic Economic Plan and sector strategies, 3 Growth Deals with HM Government to deliver a £1billion capital investment programme, securing and implementing £200m ESIF programme, the Derby and Nottingham Enterprise Zone, the D2N2 Skills Deal and Time for Innovation programme, community fund and led the executive team to develop the HS2 East Midlands hub. He was also closely involved in the proposed North Midlands Devolution Deal and one of the key architects in establishing the Midlands Engine, chairing the officer steering group. Whilst in this role David was a NED of the Nottingham Enterprise Zone, and Marketing NG, the Outer Estates Foundation and a Governor of Nottingham College and on the advisory Board of Nottingham Business School.
Before the East Midlands, David was CEO of the Have Gateway Partnership working closely with local stakeholders including the ports of Felixstowe, Harwich and Ipswich and BT Adadastral Park across Suffolk and Essex and prior to that was Chief Exec of the Barton Hill New Deal for Communities programme in Bristol and the Nelm Development Trust in Norwich.
David is a keen sailor, walker and trail runner.