Meet the Team

The LEADER team is here to help applicants on every step of their journey. Call us to discuss a project idea, to help with an outline application, run through the submission of a full application or if you need help to draw down funds to get your project off the ground.

  • Ruth Deraed

    LEADER Project Officer (Clay Vales)

    01494 568969

    Ruth has a scientific background with a Ph.D. in Plant Biochemistry. She also has administrative experience at Oxford University (Departmental Administrator) and at Cancer Research UK as an Administrative Manager.

  • Emma Waters

    LEADER Project Officer (Chilterns)

    01494 568968

    Emma was previously Project Manager at the University of Oxford, responsible for managing the Oxford Centre for Nonlinear PDE (OxPDE), as well as the finances of two EPSRC funded projects totalling more than £5 million, whilst securing funding for further projects within the Mathematical Institute. Prior to this, she was Executive Assistant to the Economic and Business Adviser to the Mayor of London. Emma studied at Goldsmiths, University of London, gaining a BA in Politics.

  • William Dallimore

    LEADER Project Manager (N&W Northants & Clay Vales)

    07802 411040

    Will has worked on funding programmes in Northamptonshire since 2010 having gained much experience from the 2007-2013 LEADER Programme. Before joining Ngage Solutions, Will worked for Northamptonshire County Council in the Economic Development team. During this time his main role was to ensure smooth running of various grant funding programmes. Prior to working life, Will studied at Oxford Brookes University, gaining an BA Hons in City and Regional Planning. Having grown up in a farming environment he maintains a keen interest in all aspects of agriculture and rural life

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01494 568 969

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