South East England Development Agency is Closing on March 31, 2012

The Government has announced that all Regional Development Agencies (RDAs), including SEEDA, will close by 31 March 2012.

Responsibility for economic development and regeneration in England is being passed onto successor bodies, including Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and central Government departments

Our objective is to ensure a professional and cost effective closure by this date.  We have pledged to work closely with our partners, contractors and stakeholders to ensure that the past and future economic benefits of key programmes and assets continue to deliver the greatest economic value for the South East and value for money for the taxpayer. 

Please click here for more details about our closure plan, transition arrangements and successor organisations.

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Andrew Finney

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Andrew is Leader of Basingstoke and Dean Borough Council a position he has held since May 2008, having previously been Cabinet Member for Economic and Educational Development. He retains the economic portfolio as Leader.

Following a career in retail banking and centralised mortgage lending Andrew moved to the real estate sector with the Hambro Countrywide Group. A transfer within the group to their relocation subsidiary ultimately resulted in Andrew leading a management buy out in June 2000.

In addition to his role as Council Leader Andrew has also been Chair of a local community school, board member of a local housing association and chair of a local youth drama group.

Andrew is currently; Vice chair of the Local Strategic Partnership; Chair of the South East Diamonds for Investment and Growth board; Board member Thames Valley Innovation and Growth; and Trustee Queen Mary’s Foundation Trust and education charity.