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SELEP seeks passionate business leader for new Deputy Chair role

  • The South East Local Enterprise Partnership is calling on business leaders with a proven track record of driving strategic change to apply for the role
  • The Deputy Chair is a new role for the LEP’s Strategic Board and will form part of a new, refreshed Board from March 2020
  • Federated Boards; Opportunity South Essex and the Kent & Medway Economic Partnership are also on the hunt for new Board Members

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is calling on business leaders with strong connections to the SELEP area – namely East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock – who have a proven track record of driving strategic change and leading large and complex programmes in the private or commercial sector to apply for the new Deputy Chair role for the Partnership.

The LEP has kicked off the process that will see its Strategic Board enter into the next phase of its journey by recruiting for a new Deputy Chair to sit alongside Chair Christian Brodie, while its Federated Boards are also looking to bring in fresh expertise with new members.

The South East LEP is seeking an individual with a passion for business growth and attracting investment to help the area, its businesses and people to thrive.

The LEP brings together business voices with Local Authorities and education partners to set priorities for investment to help the area to grow. The LEP needs strong, experienced business voices and is looking to diversify its representatives and ensure the Board reflects the economy of the area, widening the pool of businesses interested in and enthused about how they can bring their skills to the LEP agenda.

As the largest LEP in England, the South East LEP is seeking an ambassador and a champion for SELEP programmes and projects who will support the development of good relationships with neighbouring LEPs and other partnerships, and communicate with a wide and diverse group of stakeholders including Government ministers, local MPs, local authority leaders, private sector business leaders and leaders in the Further Education and Higher Education sectors.

South East LEP Chair Christian Brodie said:

“I need a passionate advocate for this corner of England, to support me and champion the work of the partnership and to help represent the partnership to Government, the media and other stakeholders. You would work closely with the small SELEP team and ensure that our high standards of accountability, partnership working, and collaboration are continued.

“Our Board needs to better represent the people of the South East. A diverse Board brings a wider spread of opinions, more insights and a greater number of experiences, ultimately leading to better decisions being made. I need a Deputy Chair who is as committed to a diverse model as I am and someone who will support me in realising it.”

Other Board Member Opportunities

Two local area Boards for the South East LEP are also seeking new business board members. ‘Opportunity South Essex’ (OSE) is on the hunt for a new Chair, Deputy Chair and Business Board Member, while the ‘Kent & Medway Economic Partnership’ (KMEP) is seeking to recruit new Board Members. The new members – alongside SELEP’s new Deputy Chair – will form part of a refreshed Strategic Board for the LEP from March 2020.

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