Productivity East is overseen by a Board comprising members of industry, local councils and Chambers of Commerce as well as the university itself. 

All members are experts in their field who provide strategic direction and guidance to shape, develop and deliver the ambitions and objectives of Productivity East. Their established positions and profile means they are excellently placed to further build collaboration and integrate Productivity East with the wider engineering, manufacturing and training community, share best practice and demonstrate leadership.

The board members are:

Chairman: Chris Sargisson Chief Executive, Diss & Thetford CAB.

Members: Chris Atkin Head of Engineering, UEA. Chris Dashper Head of Programmes, NALEP. Fiona Lettice Pro-Vice Chancellor, UEA.  Jamie Thums OSB Operations Director, Galliford Try. Jerry White Principal, City College Norwich. Matt Windle Managing Director , Lotus. Nina Cunningham Strategic Growth Projects Manager, Broadland & South Norfolk Council.

This multi-stakeholder representation ensures the manufacturing and business sector gets the training, support and opportunities it requires from the facility, with expert insights and development from the very latest innovative research from the university.

Watch the latest interviews with board members talking about Productivity East and its importance for the region:

Jamie Thums


Matt Windle

Chris Sargisson

Prof Fiona Lettice