Dorset LEP is committed to performing good governance; it has systems and processes in place to ensure the overall direction, efficiency, regulation and accountability of the organisation. This includes communicating with local stakeholders in an effective and transparent manner. To achieve this goal, all key information relating to the operation of the DLEP Board is available within the Governance section.

Dorset LEP is a Community Interest Company, it was incorporated on 22nd June 2016. Dorset LEP is led by a Board of directors that consists of business leaders from different sectors, local authority representatives, and Higher and Further Education sector representatives, and their priority is to make decisions with Dorset’s best interest in mind.

To learn more about the Board members, head to the Meet the Board section.

Dorset LEP Board is supported by a range of Sub-groups which were formed to drive the delivery of the Strategic Economic Vision. 

On the Meetings and Minutes section, you are able to view meeting dates, and the agendas and minutes of Board meetings.

In the Policies and Procedures, you will find the full Assurance Framework document, which provides an overview of the procedures in place to ensure that all public funds are handled with regularity and propriety. This section also includes policies for conflicts of interest and formal complaints procedure.

Under Reporting, you can discover the latest Annual Review and an overview of the Board achievements for 2014-15.

The Accountable Body for Dorset LEP is Dorset County Council.

Dorset LEP and Dorset County Council have approved a governance structure under which they will operate and through which they will manage all public funds delegated to Dorset LEP.  The relationship between the two organisations and their responsibilities is defined in a Service Level Agreement which can be found within the Assurance Framework document (Appendix D).

The Section 151 (Chief Financial) Officer for Dorset LEP is:

Richard Bates

Chief Financial Officer, Dorset County Council 

(01305) 228548



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