We are now recruiting for a Business Representative to fill the last remaining vacancy on our LEP Board. This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced business leader to help advance the LEP’s agenda of fostering real and positive change within the county for the ultimate benefit of its businesses and residents.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our Board and urge applicants from all sectors and backgrounds to register their interest for the role.

About the LEP Board

Our business-led Board is responsible for providing strategic leadership, developing a long term vision related to Hertfordshire’s economy and providing insight into the challenges and opportunities facing the county.

The LEP Board meet on a quarterly basis and is made up of 15 elected members: the Chair, six business representatives, two SME representatives, two from the fields of higher and further education, one not-for-profit representative and four local authority representatives.

The Board is set at a maximum of 15 members to enable a strong team ethic, fully inclusive debate, and a capacity for rapid decisions. All members of LEP groups have a set term of office and are unremunerated as they give their time voluntarily. Our Assurance Framework sets out our Board’s decision making process and governance arrangements.

Meet our current Board Members

Responsibilities of the role

The duties and responsibilities of a Board member are to: 

  • Attend LEP Board meetings
  • Reflect the agreed view of the LEP Board and its members in all discussions with partners, stakeholders, Government and its agencies
  • Support the Chair by leading on activities that align with their knowledge and experience
    Actively develop an effective business/public sector partnership
  • Contribute to the setting of overall strategy, priorities, business planning, budget and the monitoring of performance and risk management
  • Contribute knowledge and expertise to identify the economic and demographic issues facing the area, the strengths and opportunities, and the initiatives which should be taken to drive economic growth
  • Formally represent Hertfordshire LEP in meetings with other bodies and partner organisations as required
  • Feedback to their stakeholders on LEP decisions and activities
  • Lead for the Board on particular issues and activities, including serving on or chairing Programme Boards and/or other sub-groups
  • Elect, from their number, a Chairman and Vice Chairman

Person specification

Business Board members must:

  • Currently be a senior management post-holder who is an owner or part owner, or board level or similar officer, in a business that represents a key sector within the Hertfordshire area (the Business Representative should complement, not duplicate, the existing private sector experience on the Board)
  • Have substantial experience and understanding of structuring effective working relationships with both the public and private sector in local, regional and national forums
  • Have knowledge, understanding and a demonstrable commitment to leading and delivering economic change in the Hertfordshire LEP area
  • Have the ability to make informed, balanced and independent judgements on key economic issues facing Hertfordshire
  • Have the ability to take a broad view on issues and consider the long term implications, opportunities and risks
  • Have the ability to act as an ambassador for the Hertfordshire economic area, with extensive experience of working with the private sector and engaging the confidence of key businesses, business organisations, local and central Government (including Ministers of State) and other agencies as appropriate

The recruitment process

The deadline for application is 22 May 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interviews which will take place on 5-6 June 2018. The successful applicant is expected to join the next Board meeting on 21 June 2018.

Apply for the role of Business Board member