Posted on April 9, 2013
Category: News

The Humber’s most passionate and enterprising business people are being sought to help drive economic growth in the region.

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has today announced it is to refresh the private sector members of its Board, including the appointment of two Vice Chairs, and form new sub-groups responsible for delivering key parts of its growth agenda. The restructure is being made in response to the LEP’s expanding role, with new responsibilities and funding being channelled through it by Government.

The LEP Board was set up in December 2011 following the appointment of Lord Haskins as its Chair. Under its steer it has secured the largest Enterprise Zone in the country along with £65m of Regional Growth Funding and has gained agreement on a five year Plan for the Humber.

This momentum is being carried forward through the delivery of the Plan for the Humber, along with opportunities including pathfinder work on Lord Heseltine’s proposal for new pioneering ways of economic development and negotiating City Deal status which would see powers devolved to the region.

Recent Government announcements that have given the LEP new responsibilities and funding are:

  • A new strategic role for LEPs in skills (Autumn Statement 2012)
  • Confirmation of the “single pot” of growth funding proposed by Lord Heseltine and LEPs’ role in producing bids to it (Budget 2013)
  • Confirmation that LEPs will receive notional combined EU growth funding allocations, be responsible for developing investment strategies and be responsible for prioritising proposed investments (Budget 2013).

The new responsibilities come on top of existing LEP responsibilities, such as:

The Humber LEP is seeking businesspeople with the skills and experience to work across its growth agenda. Businesspeople are being sought for up to seven private sector places on the LEP Board, including two Vice Chairs, and to lead or take part in:

  • A new Employment and Skills Board, responsible for developing and delivering an Employment and Skills Strategy for the Humber in partnership with education and training providers. This will include taking forward the recommendations of the LEP’s Skills Commission and the Government’s response to Lord Heseltine’s review.
  • A new Marketing Board, responsible for developing and implementing a consolidated Humber Estuary marketing and international trade plan.
  • A new SME Support Committee, responsible for co-ordinating local business support provision.

Current private sector membersof the LEP Board have agreed to reapply alongside new applicants to ensure the best mix of talent can be found.

Commenting on the restructure of the LEP, Lord Haskins, chair of the Humber LEP, said: “The role and expectations of the LEP are changing, partly in response to the new responsibilities coming from Government, so we are adapting to fit. It is not feasible for the LEP Board to take on the expanded agenda on its own, so the new sub groups will take on responsibility for delivering parts of it.

“We are a business-led partnership, so it is absolutely crucial to have experienced and committed businesspeople on board with the right skills for the job. Businesses across the Humber have been very supportive of the LEP, so I am sure there are people out there who would be willing give the time and commitment to take on these important roles and I would encourage them to come forward.”

Current Vice Chair David Ross will step down from the LEP Board. Commenting on his decision, David said: “I have enjoyed supporting the LEP but my business interests are increasingly outside the area, which makes it hard for me to be here and commit as much time as I would like. I will do all I can to support the LEP from afar and wish the new Board every success.”

Lord Haskins added: “I am grateful for the work David has done with the LEP and his continued support is appreciated. I wish him well for the future.”

The deadline for applications is 3rd May 2013. For more information please see our Board recruitment pages.