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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Phil Wood

Phil WoodPhil Wood joined SEEDA as a Board Member on 14 December 2003 as Trade Union Representative. Since 1983, he has been Regional Secretary of the South East Region of UNISON, with strategic responsibility for 125,000 members, 3,000 volunteers and 70 staff dealing with 2,000 employers in the public and private sectors across a range of service industries.

Phil chairs SEEDA's Social Dialogue Forum, and is a member of the South East Trade Union Network. This has provided him with a significant insight into economic, social and workplace issues across the South East. Phil has also been a non-executive director of Sussex Enterprise since 1997, and is SEEDA representative on Sussex LSC.

Over the past 30 years, Phil has had regular involvement with the Labour Party, although not served as agent or councillor since 1983. Phil holds no other public appointments.