Who's Who

Here are the people who run ADEPT.

Updated June 2017

Leadership Team
Simon Neilson

Simon Neilson

President of ADEPT and Executive Director - Economy & Environment, Walsall Council

Simon's role encompasses leadership of a broad range of metropolitan Place services together with Public Health. He works closely with colleagues across the Black Country to support economic outcomes through its Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and he is currently actively involved in establishing the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Simon was previously Assistant Director: Place at Essex County Council, with lead responsibility for the South East LEP and the Whole Essex Community Budget pilot (Economic Opportunity).  Prior to this role, between 2009 and 2011 Simon was Head of Regeneration at ECC, following two years as Senior Regeneration Manager for Thames Gateway South Essex and a secondment to the East of England Development Agency.  During his career he has been responsible for the delivery of major regeneration projects across Basildon, South Essex and coastal areas of Essex.  Before joining ECC as a Fast Track Manager, Simon was a Business Development Manager in the retail Foreign Exchange sector,

rupert clubb

Rupert Clubb

Immediate Past President of ADEPT and Director of Communities, Economy and Transport, East Sussex County Council

Rupert has been the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport at East Sussex County Council since June 2007.

He is responsible for a range of activities including economic development, transport planning, waste planning and management, highway maintenance and construction, rights of way, countryside management, libraries, archives, registration and customer services.

Rupert is a Chartered Civil Engineer and prior to joining East Sussex County Council he held a number of roles with the Environment Agency as a flood and coastal risk manager through to senior management roles where he was responsible, amongst other things, for environmental regulation, flood risk management and environment protection and enhancement.

Neil Gibson

Neil Gibson

1st Vice President of ADEPT and Executive Director, Transport Economy Environment, Buckinghamshire County Council

Neil is Managing Director for the Council’s Transport, Economy & Environment Business Unit. He championed major infrastructure projects, chaired the Project Executive for East West Rail, and developed ‘England’s Economic Heartland’, a strategic alliance across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire to drive economic growth and investment.

Neil is a Non-Executive Director of Bucks Advantage, a development company co-owned by the Buckinghamshire Authorities and the private sector. In a voluntary capacity, he is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Ngage Solutions Ltd, a not-for-profit company that delivers business solutions for primarily SMEs in the Thames Valley. He was also the Honorary Treasurer & Secretary of ADEPT for 3 years and is now one of the Association’s 2nd Vice Presidents.

Neil started life in local government in 1982 as a Town Planner with King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, after which his career took him to Peterborough City Council, Wrekin Council, Chester City Council and Oxford City Council. He joined Buckinghamshire County Council in 2004 as Strategic Director (Transportation & Planning), becoming Strategic Director (Transportation, Economy & Environment) in 2007, and then Strategic Director (Communities & Built Environment) from 2009 to early 2015.

Nigel Riglar

2nd Vice President of ADEPT and Commissioning Director - Communities and Infrastructure, Gloucestershire County Council

In his current role Nigel is responsible for commissioning Gloucestershire County Council's place-based services, including Highways, Fire & Rescue, Transport, Economic Development, Minerals and Waste Planning, Waste Disposal and Customer Services. He chairs the ADEPT South West Board and has recently been appointed as Chair of the Local Adaptation Advisory Panel (LAAP) on climate change.

He was previously the Deputy Chief Executive for Stroud District Council and before that set up the Beacon Council Scheme for the Improvement and Development Agency.In the dim and distant past he was a Local Agenda 21 / Environmental Management Advisor for the Local Government Management Board and before that had stints in Overseas Development, the nuclear industry and estate agency (but don't hold that against him).

He is the Chair of Governors of Marling School, an outstanding Grammar School in the Stroud Valley's and has 3 daughters, all footballers, and when not stood on the touch line you will find him inspecting the roads of Gloucestershire on his bike.

Darryl Eyers

Darryl Eyers

2nd Vice President and Chair of ADEPT West Midlands Board and Director for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills, Staffordshire County Council

Darryl is the Director for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills at Staffordshire County Council. The directorate includes: Economic Development, Highways and Infrastructure, Transport, Waste Management, Skills for Employment, and Adult and Community Learning.

Prior to this Darryl was the Deputy Director for Place and Head of Economic Planning. His role included responsibilities for economic planning, securing external funding for economic growth programmes and developing economic partnerships. Darryl played a lead role on behalf of the Local Enterprise Partnership in negotiating City and Growth Deals, unlocking over £100m of investment from Central Government.

Darryl joined Staffordshire County Council in 2002 as a Research Officer. Prior to this he worked for the West Midlands Low Pay Unit after graduating from University.

Since joining the County Council Darryl has progressed within the organisation covering a number of senior roles including: the Head of Policy and Performance for the whole organisation, and a seconded Business Partner role supporting the Director for People to develop and transform the directorate.

Parvis Khansari

Parvis Khansari

Chair of ADEPT Engineering Board and Director, Highways and Transport, Wiltshire Council

Parvis Khansari CEng FICE FCIHT is Director of Highways and Transport for Wiltshire Council and Chairman of ADEPT’s Engineering Board.  He is a Fellow of Institute of Civil Engineers and Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport.

He has a wide ranging background in the public sector and the construction industry covering management of highways service, major highways and building projects, harbours and coastal engineering schemes, regeneration projects and property services.

Mike Ashworth

Mike Ashworth

Chair of ADEPT Transport Board and Strategic Director, Economy, Transport and Environment, Derbyshire County Council

I have more than 30 years’ experience working for several local authorities in Derbyshire including 11 years  in Chesterfield.  I have been  in my current role since June 2013. I oversee a portfolio that includes regeneration, transport, countryside, waste, highways and planning. I am  currently chairman of the ADEPT Transport Board and hold the position of Strategic Director, Economy, Transport and Environment for the County Council.

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Peter Geraghty

Chair of ADEPT Planning, Housing & Regeneration Board and Director of Planning & Transport, Southend on Sea Borough Council

Peter Geraghty is Director of Planning and Transport at Southend on Sea Borough Council where he is responsible for a range of services including planning and building control, the safety advisory group, transport policy, highways and street works, car park management and parking enforcement, highway licensing, road safety initiatives, coastal defences and flood risk management.

Peter has experience of working across all sectors – public, private and voluntary. His previous roles have included Chief Planning Officer for Brentwood Borough Council and Head of Planning and Conservation at Broadland District Council. Peter is Chair of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s International Committee and was President of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2013-2014. He is also a member of the Department for International Trade (DIT) Capital Investment Advisory Board.


Paula Hewitt

Chair of ADEPT Environment Board and Director of Commissioning & Lead Commissioner and Economic and Community Infrastructure

Paula Hewitt is the Director of Commissioning and Lead Commissioner for Economic and Community Infrastructure at Somerset County Council. She has responsibility for a diverse mix of services ranging from highways and waste to economic development and libraries.

Paula was heavily involved in co-ordinating the Local Authority response to the devastating Somerset winter 2014/15 floods and was also responsible for working with partners to prepare a 20 year plan to reduce flooding. This plan has already secured over £30million of new funding and the establishment of the Somerset Rovers Authority.

Paula has led on a number of high profile projects and service transformations including establishing a heritage trust, combining Somerset and Devon’s trading standards services and a joint procurement in relation to 3 authorities’ highways term maintenance contracts.

Paula is a Chartered Town Planner and worked in the Coal Industry before joining Local Government.

Laura Church

Chair of East of England ADEPT Board and Corporate Director, Place & Infrastructure, Luton Borough Council

Laura has worked for the Luton Council for more than 28 years. She began her career as a Trainee Planner and has held roles including Principal Planner, Head of Regeneration, Head of Business & Consumer Services and currently holds the role of Corporate Director for Place & Infrastructure. Laura has led the inward investment and marketing of Luton for a number of years. Laura is also Director of Luton Traded Services Limited, and was the officer who led the formation of the commercial trading arm for the authority, with an annual turnover of more than £20 million pounds. 

Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Music and a Postgraduate Diploma in Urban and Planning and Management. She is also a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and Institute of Economic Development.

Stuart Jarvis

Stuart Jarvis

Chair of ADEPT South East Board (SEDEEPT) and Director of Economy, Transport & Environment Department at Hampshire County Council.

Stuart Jarvis was appointed as Director in November 2010.  Economic Development moved into the Environment Department, creating the Economy, Transport and Environment Department in 2011, following the retirement of the Director for Economic Development.

Prior to his appointment as Director, Stuart served for 15 months as Managing Director of PUSH (Partnership for Urban South Hampshire) on a secondment from the County Council, where he had been appointed as the Deputy Director of Environment in May 2004.  Before joining Hampshire Stuart was the CountyPlanning and Transport Officer for Somerset County Council, and previously worked in various posts in Pembrokeshire County Council, Preseli Pembrokeshire District Council, Southampton City Council and Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.

Simon Richardson

Chair of ADEPT Northern Ireland and Divisional Roads Manager with the Department for Infrastructure, Northern Ireland. simon.richardson@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk

Simon is one of four Divisional Roads Managers in the Department for Infrastructure and is responsible for managing, maintaining and improving the road network across the Southern Division of Northern Ireland.

Prior to taking up this post in 2013, Simon was Head of Engineering Services in the Department with responsibility for procurement; health and safety; policy development; and parking enforcement across the whole of Northern Ireland. Simon led the project to introduce decriminalised parking to Northern Ireland in 2006 which was, and remains, the largest parking management operation in the UK.

Simon has worked for the Northern Ireland road authority since graduating in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast in 1988 and is a chartered member of Engineers Ireland.

Stuart Davies

Chair of CCS (Wales) and Head of Highways & Transportation for City & County of Swansea

Stuart is the Head of Highways & Transportation for the City and County of Swansea and has been in post since July 2014. Prior to moving to Swansea, Stuart worked for a number of authorities in England and Wales including Cheshire County Council, South Tyneside Council and Salford City Council. Stuart was previously the Head of Highways & Transportation for Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the Joint Head of Highways and Infrastructure for Conwy & Denbighshire Councils. Stuart is a Chartered Civil Engineer with a Post Graduate MBA and has been working in the Public Sector for the last 27 years.

Gordon MacKay

Chair of the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS) and Head of Roads and Transportation Services, South Lanarkshire Council


Gordon has dedicated virtually all of his career to Scottish local government. After a short period with a private contractor following graduation, he joined Dumfries and Galloway Regional Council in 1984 before moving on to Strathclyde Regional Council in 1988. At the re-organisation of local government across Scotland in 1996, he joined South Lanarkshire Council and took up his current post as Head of Roads and Transportation Services in 2010. He took over the Chair of SCOTS in May 2017 having served as Vice Chair previously.


The Secretariat

Hannah Bartram

ADEPT Chief Operating Officer

Hannah joined ADEPT as Chief Operating Officer in February 2016. She moved from the Environment Agency, where she led teams working on policy areas including planning, growth & devolution, climate change and flood risk management. During her time with the EA she also spent 6 months in DCLG leading on reforms to the major planning regime. Prior to that she worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) on a range of international and domestic nature conservation issues.   

Nicola Parkins

ADEPT Secretariat


June Meadows

ADEPT Finance Adviser

June currently works as a freelance Finance Advisor for the Northamptonshire LEP (NEP) carrying out statutory closure requirements for the organisation which ceased operating in September 2016. She is also the Finance Adviser for The LEP Network Limited and has been since its incorporation in 2014.

June is a qualified CIMA finance professional with a significant amount of experience working at a senior level in the public and private sector. She has worked successfully for the last 9 years for the Northamptonshire LEP (NEP) as Head of Finance delivering all the financial and operational requirements of the company and reporting at Board level to members and stakeholders.

Prior to joining Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership June worked in the private sector for SME's in the manufacturing/engineering sector.

Coast Communications

Liz Waugh, Managing Director of Coast Communications - providing communications support and advice to ADEPT

Coast Communications provides public relations, public affairs and stakeholder engagement across a wide range of public and private sector companies, specialising in critical infrastructure, the economy, environment and education. Our main office is in Cornwall, although our team is widespread, so we work across the UK including Scotland and Wales, and into Westminster. Liz Waugh (hyperlink to liz@coastmarcoms.co.uk) and Julie Everett (hyperlink to Julie@coastmarcoms.co.uk) are your main day to day contacts, and John Moorcraft (not pictured) works in London on parliamentary affairs. However, we’re all here to help.

AlderCross Training & Events

Alison Young - Director, Aldercross Training & Events

Alison read catering & institutional management at university and then worked for a range of chain and independent organisations in operational and administrative roles.  She has an extensive practical knowledge of delivering hospitality services and is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality.

She joined AlderCross on its formation in 2003 and is the Company Secretary.

Alison has been involved with ADEPT since 2010 providing administrative support to facilitate its annual programme of events.