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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Imtiaz Farookhi

Imtiaz FarookhiImtiaz Farookhi joined SEEDA's non-executive Board on 14 December 2004. Imtiaz is Chief Executive of NHBC which provides warranty, risk management and regulatory services to the UK house building and wider construction industry. He has been Chief Executive at NHBC since 1997.He was born in Washington DC, and was educated at the Universities of Kent and London. He has a track record of improving corporate and operational efficiency and effectiveness.

A former Board Member of the Environment Agency and of the Learning and Skills Council, Imtiaz has substantial experience in both urban regeneration and post 16 Education Policy. He has also served on the Further Education Funding Council, on several public private partnerships and as a non-executive on a Training and Enterprise Council and on a Business Link. He is currently Chairman of the National Skills Forum for Construction and the Built Environment (not Environmental), and a Board Member of CITB - Construction Skills.

As NHBC's Chief Executive, Imtiaz plays a key role in highlighting issues facing UK house-building such as skills shortages, sustainable development and customer service. He has developed and extended NHBC's range of services and restructured its operations with sustained growth in turnover and balance sheet strength. He has also instigated a review of NHBC's services and a restructuring of its operations.