Higher education champion sought to help drive Marches enterprise

March 6, 2023

Are you passionate about helping your local community and businesses, and do you have proven business acumen?

The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership is inviting applications for a new non-executive director to take on the role of higher education champion across Shropshire, Herefordshire and Telford & Wrekin.

The successful volunteer will contribute to driving inclusive economic growth in the Marches area.

We are looking for someone who has at least five years’ experience at a senior level in higher education with good knowledge of undergraduate, post graduate and degree-level apprenticeships and who understands the importance of business engagement and knowledge exchange.

The new board member should also be able to help develop research capabilities to boost local economic growth, and they should be comfortable acting as an ambassador for the LEP at business and community events.

We have established a first-class public/private partnership that approaches business growth and local regeneration in a positive and commercial manner. We are looking for a board member who will contribute to this and have fresh ideas to help us navigate our changing role in local economic growth, in line with the levelling up agenda and political devolution.

We need inspirational leaders with strong business acumen and political astuteness who also know higher education inside out.

The LEP board meets six times a year, usually in Ludlow. Roles are voluntary, but reasonable travel expenses will be paid where required.

The Marches LEP encourages diversity to maximise its achievements, good practice, innovation and impact and is actively seeking expressions of interest from women, who are currently under represented on the LEP Board. Appointment will be on merit alone.

The personal skills needed for this role include high emotional intelligence, good communication and thinking skills, a deep understanding of the importance of impartiality, a connection with the Marches area and time to devote to the partnership’s activities.

There are some exceptional leaders in the Marches area and we hope many of them will consider putting themselves forward for this role.

If you are interested in applying for this position, email rachel.laver@marcheslep.org.uk with your most recent CV and a 250-word summary of actions you consider appropriate to develop the Marches economy and the role that higher education plays within these.

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday March 20. The successful candidate would be expected to take up the post in April for a period of three years. The LEP’s strategic economic plan, board terms of reference and other key documents can be found at www.marcheslep.org.uk.

Full recruitment pack available here: https://www.marcheslep.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Application-pack-to-recruit-HE-Champion-March-2023.pdf

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk | email: enquiries@marchesgrowthhub.co.uk.

The Marches Careers Hub will continue to be delivered and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Website: www.marchescareershub.co.uk | email: info@marchescareershub.co.uk

For any queries about Getting Building Fund (GBF), Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Marches Investment Fund (MIF) projects supported by the Marches LEP please contact: gary.spence@shropshire.gov.uk

For any finance queries please contact: michelle.hodgkiss@shropshire.gov.uk

The solvent liquidation of the Marches LEP is being managed by the Evelyn Partners Limited. For any matter related to this please contact: Camilla.Mulholland@evelyn.com

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