Dorset LEP is looking to expand its board

Published on Wednesday 28 November, 2018 by Charlotte Knight

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) would like to hear from local business leaders with an interest in becoming a member of its board and support its activities in growing the local economy.

Dorset LEP wants to increase the diversity of its board and is particularly keen to hear from female business leaders and from those with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.

Dorset LEP acts as a strategic gateway to funding and as a high-performing LEP, Dorset LEP has secured over £240m to date from Government and other sources to deliver economic growth in the county. This is helping to fund a number of projects that will help transform the county through better transport, infrastructure, more housing, and more highly skilled jobs for all in Dorset.

The LEP recently revealed details of its ambition to double the Dorset economy over the next 20 years, adding an estimated £17 billion and 80,000 jobs to the UK economy. It is now looking to hear from business candidates who will have the strategic vision, insight and ability to contribute to and support Dorset LEP’s agenda of fostering real and positive change in the Dorset region.

Private sector experience and strong partnership skills are essential and board members will need to be collaborative in their style and approach. If you are excited by this opportunity, or know someone who might be, and have the proven ability to meet and deliver Dorset LEP’s aspirations, please consider applying for the position.

Dorset LEP welcomes applications from everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

Full details of the job description and application process are available here.

Send in your CV and covering letter here. The covering letter shouldn’t exceed more than two pages.

The closing date for applications is Friday 11 January.

Jim Stewart, Chair of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership said: “Dorset LEP has challenging and ambitious plans to grow and transform Dorset’s diverse economy. To achieve this, we need to further strengthen and broaden the diversity of our board to ensure our collective expertise reflects all areas of industry and economic activity.

“The successful candidates will play an integral role in shaping the direction for the economic growth and development of the region and ensuring Dorset LEP delivers on its vision for growth, jobs and prosperity for the county.”

Sara Uzzell, Deputy Chair of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership said: “Being a board member is an interesting and rewarding experience. You not only make a real, valuable contribution to the economic success of your local area, but you work with inspiring people on exciting, challenging projects.  More women should consider applying for non-executive board member positions.  The experience and insights brought to the board by having more women in business would be hugely valuable and make a positive difference to LEPs.”

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