Oooh look what Diviani and Jones (LEP) are up to ….

In Owl’s view these two old men have been too influential for too long in the strategic planning of the South West. They represent the historic failure of our local economy to do anything other than bump along the bottom. And yet they are still listed as directors on the Community Interest Company called  Diverse Regeneration Company  which claims  to be experts in rural regeneration since 2005.

Until people like them step aside we will remain in a rut.

Paul Diviani was given the heave-ho by the electors of East Devon last May. Previously he had been a board member of the Heart of the South West (HotSW) LEP,  a member of Exeter and East Devon Growth point board, a member of Exeter and East Devon sub-regional spatial strategy steering group etc. He also will be remembered for initiating the East Devon Business Forum. Readers might be interested in looking in depth at his business experience, in pantomime amongst other things, and his academic qualifications here. He appears to have also joined DRG in 2012.

Tim Jones is Chairman of the South West Business Council (formally the Devon & Cornwall Business Council). He has recently finished a six-year term with the Heart of the South West LEP as Board Member and its founding Chairman. Also, an 11-year term as a Board Member of Devon Chamber.

Tim has active business interests and has been involved for over 35 years in a wide range of property issues.

Their photos seem to have been taken a very long time ago as well! So not moving forward!