Stephen Bashford

Director of Business and Skills, West of England Combined Authority

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Stephen Bashford is Director of Business and Skills at the West of England Combined Authority, leading the delivery of a multimillion pound portfolio of programmes and services to drive the growth and development of the region’s economy. This includes the Adult Education Budget, the Invest Bristol & Bath and West of England Growth Hub business support services, and a range of strategic sector-based initiatives.

Alongside post graduate degrees in economics and sustainable development, Stephen has over fifteen years’ experience in the field of economic development, both in strategic and delivery focussed roles. In this time, he has successfully designed and implemented a range of high quality and impactful projects, secured significant funding and investment, and delivered positive outcomes for businesses, people and communities.

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