The Team

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Our team of LAG members, Volunteers, Partners and Programme Staff work together to deliver the objectives of our Local Development Strategy.

The Local Action Group meets three times a year at LAG Forums, setting and monitoring the priorities for funding. Anyone with an interest in this area can join and members come from all walks of life, keen to use their knowledge and experience to encourage strong economic growth in rural areas.

The Executive Committee is the decision-making sub-group of the Local Action Action Group.  The committee meets regularly to agree funding for projects and monitor the governance and the performance of the programme. Members represent the three sectors identified by the LEADER approach – public, private and civil society, sharing their knowledge and experience of our priority areas and location.

The Programme Team

Dorset LEADER Programme Manager – Sarah Harbige t: 01305 228699 | email

Sarah is responsible for ensuring the LEADER programme in Southern Dorset meets the objectives set out in the National Operating Manual and Local Development Strategy; monitoring project delivery and helping LAG members take part and make well-informed, fair and consistent decisions about where financial support will make the most difference. .

Dorset LEADER Programme Support Officer – Melita Jeffries  t: 01305 225525 | email

The Programme Support Officer is responsible for the efficient administration, record keeping and claims management of the LEADER programme in Southern Dorset. Ellie is your first point of contact for enquiries.

Southern Dorset LEADER Project Officer – Andy Jefferies m: 07810 507340 | email

Andy works with rural businesses, organisations and individuals to identify and develop high quality projects for application to the Southern Dorset Local Action Group.

We are supported by a team of project appraisers, volunteer mentors and LAG Ambassadors.

Dorset County Council is our Accountable Body and host the Programme Team at County Hall in Dorchester.

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