Hertfordshire LEP is seeking a business leader to join its Board and help accelerate local economic growth and job creation.

The organisation is seeking candidates from the corporate sector and is encouraging applications regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation or age. Applicants must either live or work in Hertfordshire.

The vacancy has been created after Andrew Stroomer retired as Stevenage Site Director for Airbus Defence and Space in December 2018. Andrew served on the Hertfordshire LEP Board for nearly three years and was instrumental in setting up Airbus Foundation Discovery Space. The centre, which was opened by astronaut Tim Peake in 2017, leverages the inspirational power of the ExoMars Rover to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Hertfordshire LEP Chair Mark Bretton said: “Andrew has made a huge contribution to the LEP Board and we are delighted that he is continuing to be involved in discussions on Stevenage’s potential. Up and down the county, there is tangible proof of the impact that the LEP is having on our people, places and businesses. Much of the credit for this must go to the business men and women who give up their valuable time to support our work.

“This vacancy is a tremendous opportunity for an experienced business leader to become a member of the Hertfordshire LEP Board and support its mission to grow the local economy and create new jobs.”

Board Members are unremunerated and are elected to stand for a three-year period in order to refresh the membership of the Board on a regular basis. This can be extended to a maximum of six years.

The business-led board comprises 15 elected members: eight from the commercial sector, including the Chair, two from higher and further education, one not-for-profit and four local authority leaders. View the current LEP board.

How to apply

Hertfordshire LEP encourages applications regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation or age. Candidates can apply via Hertfordshire County Council’s job portal or by downloading the application pack (recommended). For an informal discussion, please call Hertfordshire LEP’s Office Manager Sally Stanley on 01707 358744.

The deadline for applications is 17th February.