Programme Governance

LLEP officers manage all our programmes. Programme management will determine and monitor the defrayal profile, the output and outcome profiles, the objectives, the risk management arrangements and variance thresholds. 

The Local Growth Fund and The Growing Places Fund report directly to the our Investment Panel which oversees the programme management for these LLEP funding streams.

The Business Gateway Board and our Skills Advisory Panel report directly to the LLEP Board. 

Other programmes have different arrangements and details are below. 

Enterprise Adviser Network

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) has been selected to deliver the flagship of the ‘Enterprise Advisers Network’ (EAN) within the Leicestershire region. 

Working in partnership with the Careers & Enterprise Company, the LLEP’s role is to localise and tailor the programme to meet the needs of Leicester and Leicestershire. 

The Steering Group for EAN is the Education-Business Links Group which sits under the Skills Advisory Panel. The Terms of Reference can be downloaded from our documents library. 

Leicestershire Enterprise Zones Governance

Our Enterprise Zones (EZ) are partnerships between the public and private sector, working together to deliver job creation and commercial innovation for the benefit of the local, Midlands and national economies. 

These partners are brought together within our governance structure which provides a mechanism to deliver strategic advice and support for the development of the EZ. 

Each EZ site has a steering group with representatives of the involved partners for that site, including the site owners, relevant local authority, the LLEP, Invest In Leicester and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). 

The EZ Steering Groups are responsible for driving forward the Enterprise Zone initiative across Leicester and Leicestershire. They have oversight of the development of their specific Enterprise Zone site, monitor the site implementation plan, and are a forum to provide advice, support, and share best practice. Crucially they provide strategic input to the Programme Board on the projects coming forward for funding through the Programme Development Process. 

ESIF Programme Governance

Our ESIF programme is governed by a committee, consisting of business partners, representatives from the voluntary and public sectors. 

The committee is made up of the following members: 

Local Authorities  Leicester City Council  Sir Peter Soulsby  City Mayor 
Leicestershire County Council  Cllr Nick Rushton  Leader 
Business Partners  Business Representative  Jennifer Thomas  Development Manager FSB 
Voluntary & Community Sector  Voluntary & Community Sector  Kevin Allen-Khimani  Voluntary Action Leicestershire Manager – Infrastructure 
Equalities & Non-Discrimination  Equalities  Joe Allen  Community Activist 
Environment  De Montfort University  Professor Ljiljana Marjanovic-Halburd  Head of School for Engineering and Sustainability 
Leicester City Council  Nick Morris  Head of Energy Services 
Higher Education  De Montfort University  Helen Donnellan  Director of Enterprise and Business Services 
Education, Skills & Development  East Midlands Chamber  Diane Beresford  Deputy Chief Executive 
Rural  Leicestershire Rural Partnership  Councillor Louise Richardson  Chair of Leicestershire Rural Partnership 
Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP)  Local Enterprise Partnership  Mandip Rai  Chief Executive 
Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy  BEIS  Helen Mitchell  Assistant Director 
Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government  MHCLG  Darren Cope  Programme and Relationships Manager 
Department for Environment. Food and Rural Affairs  DEFRA  Roger Allonby  Regional Director – DEFRA 
Department for Work and Pensions  DWP Local  Jay Kara  Senior Programme Manager 
L-ESIF Support  DCLG Support  Nicola Groom  ERDF Contract Officer 
L-ESIF Support  LLEP Support  Mary-Louise Harrison   LLEP ESIF Co-ordinator