Key People

These are the key members of the team at Haven Gateway. Please feel free to contact us.


George Kieffer, Chairman

Tel: 01206 713615
Mobile: 07785 277661

The Chairman, George Kieffer, also chairs Estuary Housing Association, which provides social housing in the Haven Gateway area. He is a member of the Enterprise and Industrial Advisory Boards of the University of Essex and a Director and Trustee of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Trust (Maldon District) as well as a Board Member of Visit Essex. He served for 9 years on the Board of the Harwich Haven Authority as Deputy Chairman before retiring in December 2015.

He set up the South East Local Enterprise Partnership in 2010 and serves as Vice Chair for businesses in Essex, Southend & Thurrock after a second stint as Interim Chair. He has been appointed a member of the Programme Monitoring Committee as a LEP Network representative, overseeing the European Structural & Investment Funds in England from 2014 – 2020 and chairs the South East ESIF Sub-Committee.

George Kieffer is a former senior City banker with experience in corporate banking, mergers & acquisitions, management and leveraged buy-outs. He went into industry in 1987 working with one of the Bank's major customers before joining Sega Enterprises Ltd of Japan as Head of European operations and Deputy Chairman. Since 1995 George Kieffer has been an independent company director and consultant in the defence and aerospace industries and in the hospitality and leisure field.

He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Turners.



Anita Thornberry, Executive Director

Tel: 01206 713610
Mobile: 07595 415660

A history graduate with experience of the City of London, Anita has worked in the field of economic regeneration for 20 years.  She started her career at English Heritage, arguing the economic benefits of heritage assets to secure funding.  From there, Anita joined Regional Development Agencies working on projects such as the Olympics bid and writing the Tourism and Legacy Plans for the bid.  In 2007 Anita joined Southend Borough Council as the Head of Enterprise, Tourism and Regeneration where she delivered a £25m regeneration programme for the town centre, increased tourism revenue to £350m per annum whilst reducing visitor numbers and helped create a thriving business community.  Before joining HGP, Anita was MedTech Campus Director for Anglia Ruskin University.

Anita lives in the Haven Gateway with her family where she indulges her interests in culture and the countryside.





Lisa Brazier, Projects Manager

Tel: 01206 713612
Mobile: 07714 488949

Lisa joined the Haven Gateway Partnership in July 2008 to manage the office and provide executive support to the team.  Lisa is now the Projects Manager for the Partnership.

Previously Lisa has worked in both the private and public sector in several roles including PA, administrator and practice co-ordinator.

Her many roles at the Haven Gateway have included event organisation, supporting the cruise initiative including co-ordinating and attending exhibitions, website administration and supporting our advocacy and business intelligence work.

Lisa was the Project Manager for the Low Carbon Freight Dividend Project.  Lisa is currently supporting the A120 campaign as well as working on business cases to develop new projects.



Rita Smith, Project Support Administrator

Tel: 01206 713618

Rita joined the Haven Gateway Partnership in August 2012, to specifically support the LCFD project. Rita's background is with local government and she has a strong working knowledge of complex administrative services. Rita now supports the Haven Gateway team and is available to help and support our partners and stakeholders.

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Janice Pittis, Economic Development Researcher

Janice joined the Haven Gateway Partnership in September 2016 on an interim basis to research and support the work of the Partnership.

Tel: 01206 713614

Jemma Little, Funding Manager

Jemma joined the Haven Gateway Partnership in May 2017 as Funding Manager and is leading on the development of new funding bids for the Partnership.

Tel: 01206 713614