The LEP Board is seeking a new Chair after John Gourd announced earlier this summer his intention to step down after a highly successful four years at the helm. The other current vacancies are for a Business and a Not for Profit Business Representative.

John Gourd, Site Planning and Services Director at Johnson Matthey in Royston, has been with the LEP since its inception in 2010 before taking over the Chairmanship in July 2011.

The Board comprises representatives from both private and public sectors but should be business-led with a chairman from the private sector. Board Members are unremunerated and are elected to stand for a three-year period. This can be extended to a maximum of six years in order to refresh the membership of the Board on a regular basis.

Under John Gourd’s leadership we have been successful in driving forward sustainable economic growth and job creation, bringing local businesses, education providers, the third sector and the public sector together to achieve this.

John Gourd said: “I am immensely proud of the achievements Hertfordshire LEP has made since it was set up in 2011 and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Chair. It has been a privilege to work with such a dedicated Board and a talented executive; without their collective hard work and enthusiasm to make a difference, none of this would have been possible. Now that my term of office is coming to an end, I am looking forward to the prospect of finding a new Chair to take Hertfordshire LEP into the next stage of its development.

“This is a unique opportunity for the right individual to help drive forward the economic agenda for Hertfordshire, putting the needs of businesses, its residents and communities first. These vacancies come at a particularly exciting time as Government continues to devolve economic power and decision-making to the regions.”

Robert Gordon, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, said: “John’s efforts have made a significant contribution to the LEP’s achievements over the last five years, which include attracting millions of pounds of investment to boost the county’s economy. I thank him and trust that Hertfordshire can continue to benefit from his contribution in the future.

“I look forward to continuing our work with the LEP to manage smart growth for Hertfordshire, attracting the right kind of investment and business into the county.”

To find out more about these exciting opportunities click here. For an informal discussion, call Hertfordshire LEP’s Office Manager Sally Stanley on 01707 358744.

Deadline for applications is 4 October.