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Chair of the Board - The Heart of the South West LEP - Devon

A small salary may be offered for the Chairperson - Distribution
Ref: 54 Date Posted: Monday 12 Aug 2019
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Role: Chair of the Board, for The Heart of the South West LEP.The Heart of the South West

Salary: A small salary may be offered for the Chairperson. 

Location: The Heart of the South West LEP, covering Devon, Plymouth Somerset and Torbay. 


The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) is one of the 38 LEPs in England, covering Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. It’s a business-led partnership between the private sector, local authorities, universities and colleges.

Its vision is to create a dynamic, highly prosperous region with high living standards and an outstanding quality of life; and its mission is to raise productivity and ensure prosperity for all, by doubling the size of the economy by 2038 to £70bn per annum.

The Role

The LEP is now seeking a new chair from the private or social enterprise sector to lead and shape the strategies that will deliver this mission.

The new chair and board members will work to strengthen the LEP’s role as the main thought-leader influencing economic development in the HotSW area and deliver the area’s Local Industrial Strategy that aligns with the Government’s National Industrial Strategy.

The board also oversees the LEP’s delivery programme of infrastructure, business support and skills projects worth three-quarters of a billion pounds being delivered by 2021, therefore candidates with a strong business background at a senior level are required to make a positive contribution to the board.

The chair will be required to represent the LEP at key events and media opportunities in the HotSW area and at meetings in London with MPs, ministers and stakeholders. The chair and non-executive directors will be required to attend board meetings once every two months and periodic meetings or events across the HotSW LEP area, related to their areas of expertise to support LEP activity.

Appointments are for 3 years and would normally be extended for a further 3-year term.  A small salary is offered for the role of Chair, however the current Chair opted to forgo this.  Board member roles are unremunerated, however expenses will be paid for exceptional expenditure for LEP commitments outside of our area.

LEP is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants reflecting the diversity of the community. Recruitment of the chair and board members is through an open and transparent process administered by a nominations committee.

Candidate Briefing Recruitment Pack

You can download a copy of the candidate pack by clicking "download job profile" below. This includes more information on the role and a copy of the diversity form, as well as details on how to complete and return this.

How to Apply

Click the apply button below to submit your resume and covering letter outlining the following.

  1. The qualities, experience and expertise / skills you would bring to the HotSW LEP Board, if appointed.

  2. A brief description of your association with the HotSW region and your relevant local business connections.

Please clearly highlight in the application where you see you can contribute to the LEP and its agenda to grow better jobs and better prosperity and how your expertise is relevant to the key sectors of Digital, Hi-skilled Engineering and Energy with a particular emphasis on SME development and diversity.

Should you have any questions about the application process please e-mail or call 01271 859 267. 

Please note that the closing date for applications is the 31st July 2019.

To view other vacancies with the The Heart of The South West LEP please visit their Careers Page.

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