Surrey WISE is a project funded by the Government Equalities Office through the Surrey County Council. The Project Champion within the Council is Mark Pearson. The Ambassador for Surrey WISE is Penny Power OBE and the Project Manager is Hannah Power.
Read more about the Surrey WISE team below.
Mark Pearson is Chief Executive of Surrey Connects, the business-led
economic development company, leading the Smart Economic Growth strategy,
championing an holistic approach to economic development; working in
partnership with business, the public sector, and specialist organisations.
He has developed and influenced strategies, creating and implementing of a
number of successful business facing brands, including Invest in Surrey,
Digital Business Surrey, the Surrey Big Debate and Export Surrey, all
stimulating and supporting enterprise growth in Surrey.
Mark has a background spanning public and private sectors, and has worked
in the economic development profession at delivery and strategic levels for
over 20 years in the differing economies of the North West and South East
of England. He is a member and national board director of the Institute of
Economic Development, leading on partnership development, championing the
implementation of the Excellence in Economic Development Standard.
Mark is the chairman of Transport for Surrey and a member of the boards of
Surrey Future and Surrey Nature Partnership. He is a non-executive
director of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative and Visit Surrey CIC, and The
Pictures Associates Ltd.
Penny Power OBE