21 Jun

LLEP recruiting for new Board Members

Emma Anderson

People driving local business growth are being invited to serve as ambassadors in promoting and supporting development of enterprise in Leicester and Leicestershire.

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) is advertising for inspiring local figures to join its Board of Directors.

The available roles come on top of the ongoing campaign to recruit a new Chair to work alongside senior figures across varied sectors in the region.

The LLEP is recruiting for successful and respected individuals with records of organisational leadership, entrepreneurship and management. They will advocate for the region on the local and national stage.

The roles come at a key time for the LLEP. It is currently working with partners across business, local government, education and the third sector towards the Government’s emerging Levelling Up and County Deal agendas.

Government has committed to the role of LEPs as an independent business voice and the successful candidates will join the Board at an important time in both implementing current plans and developing proposals of its Economic Growth Strategy 2021-30.

Successful candidates will become part of a team that influences economic development across the area, considering the LLEP’s four strategic pillars of  Innovation, Sustainability, Productivity and Inclusivity as it tackles key issues including skills, infrastructure and the zero-carbon agenda.

The LLEP is working towards equal representation on its Board by 2023 and is particularly keen to hear from female applicants.

Candidates will need to have broad commercial experience, as well as the ability to work with public sector bodies, while demonstrating resilience, diplomacy and influence.

They will also need to act with honesty, frankness and objectivity, when taking decisions and pursue constructive relationships.

Directors attend LLEP Board meetings, currently held every two months in and around Leicester and Leicestershire. They may also represent the LLEP at meetings with businesses, stakeholders, other LEPs and with Government officials and ministers.

Emma Anderson, Director at Freeths, LLEP Board Member and Appointments Committee Member, said:

Incoming directors will help to collaborate positively with our partners in shaping the LLEP’s future role as we simultaneously oversee the ongoing delivery of vital local services.

We know that the LLEP faces a period of change – what these positions represent is the chance to influence that change in a constructive way as we continue serving as independent ambassadors for enterprise across Leicester and Leicestershire.

The LLEP Board comprises four public sector directors from local authorities and 12 private sector Non-Executive Directors from the business, higher education, further education and voluntary sectors.

It is led by a private sector chair., currently Interim Chair Andy Reed OBE.

The LLEP is one of 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships  set up in 2011 to drive local economic growth. LEPs are business-led, working with local authorities, education leaders and other stakeholders, to invest in infrastructure, skills and business growth support.

Recent projects have included multi-million pound investments at Charnwood CampusSt Margaret’s Gateway and Space Park Leicester.

The role of Director is not remunerated but reasonable expenses can be claimed. Directors commit to the equivalent of about two days per month, with a three-year initial term.

The closing date is 3 July 2022, with interviews due in the week Commencing 18th July 2022. If you would like an informal conversation with Andy about the role, please email LlepChair@llep.org.uk.

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