Wanted: Business leaders to drive region’s growth

November 26, 2019

The Marches LEP today launched a search for the region’s best business and boardroom leaders to join its team.
The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has vacancies for two new board members and says it wants to hear from inspirational business leaders and board-level directors to champion the Marches both nationally and regionally.
The LEP – which covers Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin – says it is particularly keen to hear from women in leadership roles as they are currently under-represented on its board.
Marches LEP director Gill Hamer said the new appointments would play a crucial role in helping to drive economic growth in the area and contribute actively to the board’s effective governance
“An ideal candidate will have commercial acumen, a good understanding of public/private partnership working and the ability to contribute to reaching agreement on complex issues which cut across the public, private and voluntary and community sectors.”
She said the LEP was seeking candidates with experience working at a senior level in higher education with undergraduates, post graduates and higher-level apprenticeships, or in the farming or food and drink manufacturing and processing sector.
Marches LEP chairman Mandy Thorn added: “It is absolutely essential that the LEP represents and reflects the communities we serve and the make-up of our board is an important part of achieving that.
“Women are currently under-represented and this is an ideal opportunity for the right candidates to step forward and play their part in shaping the economic future of the region and ensuring our continued prosperity.”
Applicants should have a strong knowledge or expertise in the region’s industry and either live or work in the Marches.
The board meets six times a year and membership will be for a minimum of two years on a voluntary basis.
More information is available at www.marcheslep.org.uk/boardroles or by calling Gill Hamer on 01743 462026. Expressions of interest should be emailed along with a short biography or CV to Gill Hamer at gill.hamer@marcheslep.org.uk by 12.00pm on January 3 2020.

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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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