Board Member (Non-Executive Director)

  • Unremunerated
  • Cheshire

Employer: Cheshire & Warrington LEP

Remuneration: Unremunerated

Time Commitment: 2 days per month

Location: Candidate must have a strong connection, such as living and/or working, within Cheshire/Warrington.

These are dynamic times for local areas and with the continued push towards greater devolution from Whitehall, comes the opportunity to have a greater role in shaping the future of the Cheshire and Warrington economy. 

Cheshire and Warrington has the best performing economy in the North of England and one of the most successful and fastest growing economies in the country. It wants to go further and has ambitious plans to have a £50bn economy for Cheshire and Warrington by 2040, delivering 139,000 new homes and 127,000 new jobs. The Cheshire & Warrington LEP will be central to realising this ambition. Established in 2011 as a partnership between the private-sector and local authorities, with a private sector Chair and a majority of private sector Board members, the LEP is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Cheshire and Warrington economy and controlling an investment programme of around £1/3bn. It has a strong business voice and continues to champion important issues directly with government with the aim to make Cheshire and Warrington the best place to do business in the UK.

The LEP Board currently comprises 15 Members from across the private and public sector in Cheshire and Warrington and represents a range of skills and economic sectors. A number of current Board Members reach the end of their second term in March 2017 and the LEP is therefore seeking to recruit high quality representatives from the business community (including the voluntary sector) to provide the support and guidance needed to realise the LEPs exciting strategic plans. You will be prepared to bring experience, expertise and networks to shape the strategic agenda of this exciting sub-region. 

You will be a passionate champion of Cheshire and Warrington drawn from across the business community with a clear vision for how the economy in Cheshire and Warrington should develop. You will have a detailed understanding of at least one sector important to the sub-regional economy. Well networked within Cheshire and Warrington, and ideally also at a national level, you will be a passionate champion of Cheshire and Warrington with high level influencing skills. A collaborative team player, willing to work with the public sector, you will understand the need to represent not only your own business sector, but business in general. Your relationship management and networking skills will be of the highest order and you must be open to difference, with strong listening and questioning skills. We are also keen to bring greater diversity of experience to the Board, so would welcome a wide range of applications. 

The closing date for applications is Monday 6th February 2017.

Please reply by clicking on the "Apply" button below, submitting a CV and short covering letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements of this role, quoting reference number JSWP5470EA. Alternatively, for an informal and confidential discussion please call our advising consultants – Joëlle Warren, Rupert Gibb or Justin Robertson - on 0845 261 0600.

All third party and direct applications will be forwarded to Warren Partners.