• Remuneration: £20,600
  • Cheshire

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 Chair of the LEP is an important position, both within the sub-region and on the national stage, and the Chair will work closely with the leaders of the three local authorities in Cheshire and Warrington, with Cabinet Ministers from across Whitehall, and with the Chairs of the other 37 LEPs in England. You will also work closely with the executive team to set the direction of the LEP’s work and will play a pivotal role in delivering benefits to the region, as well as promoting the opportunities to invest in Cheshire and Warrington. The Chair will be required to make a significant commitment in terms of time and flexibility, often required to make trips to London at short notice. 

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, including the current Chair, reach the end of their second term in March 2017 and under Nolan principles are required to step down. The LEP is therefore seeking to recruit a number of high quality representatives from the business community (including the voluntary sector) to fill eight Board vacancies and provide the support and guidance needed to realise the LEP’s exciting strategic plans. 

For the position of Chair, we are looking for someone who is prepared to bring their experience, expertise and networks to shape the strategic agenda of this exciting sub-region. They will be a passionate champion of Cheshire and Warrington drawn from the business community with a clear vision for how the economy in Cheshire and Warrington should develop. They will also be well networked at senior levels locally and nationally and able to work effectively, championing local business on the national stage. You will have a strategic mindset and an appreciation of the issues in the area, including the local economic, business, infrastructure, and political landscape. You will demonstrate high level influencing, relationship and stakeholder engagement skills, enabling you to access, build and maintain strong and effective networks and working relationships across sectors and at all levels, within the sub-region, Westminster and Whitehall. You should have experience of chairing meetings comprising senior people with strongly held views with your openness to difference and leadership skills, generating confidence and trust.

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 JSWP5487EA (it is expected that some applicants will also put themselves forward for the separately advertised position of Board Member and wish to be considered for a role as Board Member in the event that their application to the position of Chair is unsuccessful). 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.