Chair for the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership

Body: Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sectors: Communities
Location: Preston
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The role is not currently remunerated, although there may be some flexibility dependent on candidate specific circumstances.
Time Requirements: 5 days per month when aggregated

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

Lancashire Enterprise Partnership:  Chair

In Lancashire we like to get on with making a difference for all our people and businesses.  These values run through our LEP.  Without shouting about it, we’ve quietly become one of the most successful LEPs in the country, with an economy worth £31bn, a growth deal of £320m and a targeted investment of £1bn.

We’re a key player in the nation’s economy, members of the new ‘Council for the North’ and one of the foundations of the Northern Powerhouse.  We have a globally significant aerospace cluster and the largest manufacturing base outside of the South East.  We are a complex patchwork of interests and sectors, with global, high-tech, research-led industries operating side by side with thriving rural and tourist economies.  But we also have challenges.  The gaps in incomes, opportunities and therefore life outcomes are too great across the County.  Whilst addressing this we must continue to exploit, drive and develop a sustainable, competitive and productive world class economy.

As our new Chair you’ll certainly be kept busy.  You’ll lead us through the next stage of our development. This will include working through and shaping a new future following the LEP review, introducing a Local Industrial Strategy, embedding new relationships, engaging across the County, harnessing all the strengths of a high calibre private sector led Board, bringing us a national profile and ensuring a relentless focus on delivery. You’ll serve all of Lancashire and every sector, visible to our 52,000 businesses and 1.5m people.

You’ll see the big picture, understand what makes our economy tick and what’s needed to accelerate growth.  With deep private sector experience, you’ll be relentlessly commercial, but understand that real cross-sector partnerships create strong foundations for success.  As comfortable on the shop floor as in the corridors of power where you’ll be meeting the PM or Ministers, you’ll have a style that builds alliances and exerts quiet influence.  You’ll be scrupulously open-minded, driven by your passion for Lancashire and a thirst for something better.  You’ll have the political judgement and resilience to take tough decisions when needed, bringing simplicity, focus and direction to a complex system.

You’ll build your credibility through how you influence, marshal all resources and use your profile to achieve a sustainable, step-change in our economy.  We know we’re asking a lot.  But what else would you expect?  If you think you’re prepared to stand up and be counted for the County that you love, then we want to talk.  Contact our advising consultants at Proventure Consulting: Mark Tobin 07717 725 844 or Stephen Cooley on 07747 698 829 or go to Proventure Consulting to find out more.

Person Specification

About the person

You’ll understand what drives business and how to ensure commercial success, honed through deep commercial experience.  As comfortable on the shop floor as walking the corridors of power where you’ll be meeting the PM or Ministers twice a year. You’ll have a style that wins friends, build’s alliances and exerts quiet influence.  You’ll see the big picture, understand what makes our economy tick, be scrupulously open-minded and driven by your passion for Lancashire.  You’ll have the political judgement to take tough decisions when needed and the resilience to keep driving the County forward.  Within a complex system, you’ll bring simplicity, focus and direction.  As visible to Lancastrians as you are to global and national players, you’ll propel us onto the national stage.

You’ll build your credibility through how you influence, marshal all resources and use your profile to achieve a sustainable, step-change in our economy.  How you use all your skills, values, knowledge and experience will enable you to make a real difference. You don’t have to be the finished article, you’ll have the backing of a talented Board and the goodwill of an entire County.  You can build your knowledge of the specific Lancashire economy or what the SEP looks like on the ground, but you’ll need the core skills, values and judgement to adapt quickly.  You’ll have the credibility to succeed at the very highest level.

You don’t have to be living in or have a career based in Lancashire, but you will have a strong connection to the County. You will have, or will quickly be able to develop, an understanding of how public policy and place shaping combines with skills’ strategies and private sector growth strategies to achieve generational change. You will be able to navigate the complex environment of a public-private partnership, cutting through any factors which can limit a sub-region working together.

We know we’re asking a lot.  That’s what our people and businesses expect.   But when you’re talking about the prosperity of 1.46m people and spending £1bn in a growth plan across 50 initiatives, wouldn’t you ask a lot?  If you think you have what it takes and are prepared to stand up and be counted for the County that you love, then we want to talk.

Personal Values

All Board members must be committed to our core vision of directing economic growth and drive job creation.  It is important that our Board values align with the vision and behaviours that we are committed to.  We want Board members who understand and empathise with business and those who work in the region – their challenges and opportunities.

Additional Information

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is the facilitator of this advertisement but NOT the appointing body. The appointing body is Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership.

How to Apply

Important advice on completing your application

The decision to invite you for interview is based entirely on the information you give in your application.  Please read this pack carefully as the information will help you to decide if you wish to apply for the position. The person specification lists the experience, knowledge, and skills needed to do the role.

Required Documents

Help in compiling your application can be found on the Proventure Website. Your application should be made up of:

  • A full and up to date CV (please let us know if you would like assistance with this)
  • A covering letter, explaining your interest in the Chair role, how you would make a contribution to the continued development of the LEP and how you can help it to deliver against its aims. The letter should detail how you meet the experience of requirements of Part One of the person specification (items 1-5). Part Two areas will be discussed at a preliminary interview.  Please include confirmation that there are no conflicts or potential conflicts of interest and that you meet the eligibility criteria.
  • A completed Equal Opportunities form (word doc)

In responding to the person specification, you should consider your own experience and suitability for the role as well as the general LEP context and its expectations of the Chair role. We suggest that you take each header from the person specification ( LEP Chair JD+PS ) and then provide your evidence point by point. You should explain the depth of your experience here, but only need to provide one good example to demonstrate each item/area.

Bullet points can be helpful. Please do not get fixated on the length of the letter, but try to avoid being over-long.  If you want advice, please call us and we will talk this through.

Also, please outline any dates on which you would be unavailable for discussions and interviews in March or April.

Please remember to complete the Equal Opportunities Form.

Sending Applications

Applications should be emailed to Elaine Smith with the reference number “744 LEP Chair” and your name in the subject field.  If necessary, post applications to:

Stephen Cooley
Proventure Consulting Ltd
Blackfriars House
Manchester, M3 2JA

Please contact us if you do not receive confirmation of your application within 48 hours.

A panel selected from the Board members will lead the selection process. The process will include opportunities to meet wider members of the Board.

Queries and help

We have provided more information on applying on the Proventure website that will help you to produce your application. Please take your time to review this before sending your documents to us. The information provided will give you the tools you need to maximise the impact of your application.

If you have any queries about this appointment, about your application, or would like an informal and confidential discussion, please contact Stephen Cooley on 07747 698 829 or 0161 835 3377 or Mark Tobin on 07717 725 844. They will be pleased to take your call.

Please contact Proventure Consulting on 0161 835 3377 if you have a disability and wish to make alternative arrangements. If you have difficulty in completing your application, we will be happy to consider an alternative application.  Should you require any adjustments to be made to the selection process arising from any disability please notify our advising consultants of your needs.

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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