Legal Personaility

Dorset LEP is a Community Interest Company, incorporated in June 2016. Our Articles of Association are available to view here.

We are committed to performing good governance and have systems and processes in place to ensure our overall direction, efficiency, regulation and accountability.

Accountable Body and Section 151 Officer

Our Accountable Body is Dorset County Council which manages all public funds delegated to Dorset LEP. The Section 151 Officer is required to provide Government with an annual assurance statement, reporting on their work for Dorset LEP, this is available here.

Board Directors

Dorset LEP is led by a Board of directors which 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.

Assurance Framework

Our Assurance Framework covers how our board is formed and governed, how our decisions are made and how our programmes are funded and managed. The Assurance Framework also provides the Government with assurance that the LEP is operating correctly. Our Articles of Association explain our purpose as well as our duties and responsibilities. Government provides us with guidance in a National Assurance Framework here.

Overview and Scrutiny

Dorset LEP is a regular participant in the existing Dorset Local Authorities Overview and Scrutiny committees to provide checks and balance in the operation of Dorset LEP and to ensure accountable and transparent decision making within Dorset LEP. Please see our Overview and Scrutiny statement.


Sub Groups

Responsibility for decision making and effective delivery across the full range of Dorset LEP activity is managed through a number of thematic sub groups, with the Dorset LEP Board having ultimate responsibility and accountability for decisions made.

The image below shoes the structure of Dorset LEP groups and other associated groups






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