The Board

Jan Ward CBE Plymouth and South Devon Freeport Chair

Jan Ward CBE


Jan has more than 35 years experience in the energy industry. From a mechanical engineering background, Jan has lived and worked at both Executive and Board level in UK, US, Middle East and Australia.

Jan is founder of Corrotherm International Ltd , which she established as a one women business and has since grown the business to 10 offices globally today, selling to 60 countries. Corrotherm specialises in supplying advanced materials for fabricating energy and process plant equipment.

Throughout her career Jan has been a supporter of women into business and was the first woman Director of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce in the UK. Jan is also a past Director of Woman in Business International and she has promoted women in manufacturing and engineering in addition to mentoring young business women for many years. Jan also served as a judge for the NatWest Everywoman award and was a judge for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for 5 years.

Jan has won a number of business awards among them NatWest Businesswoman of the Year, Institute of Directors Global Director of the Year and in 2015 was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for services to business and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering by Southampton Solent University the same year.

Jan currently holds a number of non executive roles in the manufacturing, finance and education sectors.

Jan joined the Plymouth and South Devon Freeport as Chair in February 2023.

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Adrian Bratt

Vice Chair

Adrian joined the shadow Plymouth and South Devon Freeport board in 2021 and took on the role of interim Chair in 2022 before Jan Ward CBE was appointed Chair in February 2023. Adrian has Board level experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Adrian is a chartered governance professional and a commercial solicitor. He joined Princess Yachts in 2017 having acted for the organisation over the previous decade whilst in a national private practice law firm where he worked predominantly in the manufacturing, retail and energy sectors acting for major national and multinational PLCs. Adrian previously served as a Warfare Officer in the Royal Navy and then retrained as a lawyer following 10 years’ operational service in the Gulf, Caribbean, Australasia and the Mediterranean, as well as a stint as the skipper of a patrol boat.

Adrian graduated in Biochemistry from Cardiff University and subsequently obtained Post-Graduate Diplomas in Law and Legal Practice, he is also a graduate and fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute and a member of the Trading Standards Institute.

Adrian chairs the South West Regional Council for the CBI, and is a Non-Executive Director of the British Marine Federation. Adrian also sits on the Plymouth Growth Board, and the Watershare+ Advisory Panel for South West Water.

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Councillor John Birch

South Hams District Council

John has represented Totnes on the South Hams District Council since 2016 and is the Executive Member responsible for economic development, commercial strategy and governance. He joined the board following the change of administration at South Hams District Council in May 2023 and was appointed as its representative.

Up until recently he was employed as a consultant solicitor by a leading firm of solicitors to advise on legal matters relating to construction projects and prior to that headed up the firm’s legal department that acted in all aspects of construction law. Prior to entering the legal profession John was the chief quantity surveyor for an international construction company based in the Middle East.

John has been involved in the project management of commercial and community building projects in Devon and was the project leader of the renovation and reordering project at the Grade 1 listed St Mary’s Church, in Totnes.

He is chair of the Totnes Heritage Trust and is working with other heritage bodies in the town to preserve and protect its many listed buildings.

John also sits on the board of the Devon Building Control Partnership.

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Councillor Tudor Evans OBE

Leader – Plymouth City Council

Tudor Evans is in his 35th consecutive year on Plymouth City Council, having served as a District Councillor and, since 1998, a Unitary Authority member. He has led the Labour Group on the council since 1998.

Tudor has now led Plymouth Council 5 times: 1998 – 2000, 2003 – 2007, 2012 – 2016, 2018 – 2021 and May 2023 – present. He has also served as Leader of the Opposition 4 times.

Born in Ebbw, South Wales, Tudor moved to Plymouth in 1977 to study for a BSc (Hons) degree in Environmental Science. He became a councillor in 1988.

Tudor is an active member of the LGA as an accredited member peer, Leadership Academy Co-ordinator and a Director of the LGA. He serves on the LGA Board and Executive Advisory Board. He has helped many councils as a peer, through reviews, mentoring and coaching.

He was awarded the prestigious Leader of the Year Award by the LGiU in 2016.

He led the Council prior to its MJ Council of the Year Award.

He served as the Vice-Chair of the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network.

He has held many offices at local and regional level, including Joint Committees, RDA and LEP Boards. He is a delegate to SW Councils.

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Councillor John Hart

Leader – Devon County Council

John Hart was first elected to Devon County Council in 1989. He has lived in Devon all his life and runs the family holiday business in the South Hams. He is married with three children and five grandchildren. John Hart became leader of Devon County Council following a landslide victory in 2009 and he successfully retained control in 2013, 2017 and 2021.

From 2001 to 2005 he was responsible for education and oversaw the successful re-organisation of the Exeter school system which included the negotiation of a £100 million PFI contract to re-build the city’s five secondary schools. He is also Chairman of South West Councils which speaks and lobbies for the region which stretches from the Isles of Scilly to Gloucestershire.

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Steve Pickup

Group managing Director – Carlton Power

Steve holds the position of Group Managing Director of the Carlton Group of companies, to which Langage Energy Park Ltd, the owner and developer of the Langage portion of the Plymouth and South Devon Freeport belongs. He has over 20 years of experience in commercial, sales and operational roles, with UK, European and Global responsibilities. These roles have been held within single owner enterprises, SMEs, national and international organisations, across the Water, Energy and Oil and Gas Sectors. Currently has a focus on large energy project development in the UK and a keen interest in supporting the energy transition via green hydrogen in the UK and specifically the South West.

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Peter Sadler

Managing Director – Vistry Partnerships

Peter has been working in construction since leaving school at 16 and trained as a Quantity Surveyor. He has specialised in residential housing developments for the past 20 years and has held various roles leading teams in Land, Commercial, Production and Sales.

In 2009 Peter joined Kier and established Kier Living in the South West. Peter has extensive board level experience leading teams at Kier Living, Gilbert & Goode and Vistry Partnerships as the Managing Director.

Peter also has experience of setting up and running Joint Ventures here in the UK and several years of international development experience in the Cayman Islands, Orlando and New York.

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Councillor Rufus Gilbert for Councillor John Hart (Devon County Council)

Harry Wass for Steve Pickup (Carlton Power)


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