Rural Enterprise Advisory Group

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Rural Enterprise  Group

Rural jobs are essential to the Dorset economy. The Rural Enterprise Group identifies and encourages the growth of private enterprise and prospects for jobs in the rural areas of the county.

The Rural Enterprise Group have produced a Dorset Rural Enterprise Priorities Paper to Dorset, whilst appreciating the contribution made by the natural environment, or our natural capital; download the paper here.

The Terms of Reference can be found here: Rural Enterprise Group Terms of Reference.


Members of the Committee are as follows: 

  • Chair: Luke Rake, Dorset LEP Board Member, Kingston Maurward College 
  • David Walsh (Deputy Chair), Dorset Council
  • Lorna Carver, Dorset LEP Director
  • Ian Alexander, Natural England
  • Imogen Davenport, Dorset Local Nature Partnership
  • Louise Stratton, National Farmers Union
  • Martin Cox , British Holiday and Home Parks Associations
  • Martin Sutcliffe, Dorset Coast Forum
  • Neil Wedge, Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils
  • Nicola Bailey, Federation of Small Business
  • Tom Munro , Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Will Bond, Alaska Ecological Contracting Ltd 
  • William Langer, Country Land and Business Association Limited

Meeting dates, papers and minutes:

The scheduled meetings of this committee are listed below:

  • 17th June 2021
  • 17 September 2021
  • 16th December 2021
  • 17th March 2022

Copies of meeting documents will be published below when available.