Mr Les Roper
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
After a 30-year career in banking and finance, I joined English Partnerships (the Urban Regeneration Agency) in 1995. This began 20+ years in regeneration, both urban and rural, delivering economic growth projects with a particular focus on areas of deprivation in Plymouth, Torbay and Bristol as well as the market and coastal towns of the south-west.
I worked for the South West Regional Development Agency for the whole of its life and latterly, until retirement from the Civil Service, for 9 years at the European Regional Development Fund. Following my retirement in 2018, I am now part-time administrator for the Impact Lab as well as undertaking a 3-year BA in Geography and International Relations at Plymouth University.