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, Norfolk Chambers of Commerce.

Members: Chris Atkin Head of Engineering, UEA. Chris Dashper Head of Programmes, NALEP. Fiona Lettice Pro-Vice Chancellor, UEA. Lisa Perkins Adastral Park & Research Realisation Director, BT. Jamie Thums Chief Executive Officer, Lintott Control Systems Limited. Jerry White Deputy Principal, City College Norwich. Matt Windle Executive Director Engineering, Lotus. Nina Cunningham Strategic Economic Growth and Funding Manager, 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