Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (C2C LEP), Chair

Body: Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (C2C LEP)
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: Candidates must live and/or work in the Coast to Capital area (are covering East Surrey, West Sussex, Brighton and Hove) or have a strong connection to the area.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £20,000 p.a.
Time Requirements: 4 days per month with a 3 year term

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    30/03/2020 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

The Coast to Capital Strategic Board comprises private sector and local authority Members, setting a vision for and overseeing delivery of economic prosperity for all in the Coast to Capital area, including through Government funding of projects through the Local Growth Fund. They are accountable to the LEP Board and for the proper governance of the LEP.

Person Specification

Coast to Capital is seeking an influential and persuasive senior business figure from the C2C area to help lead the region and meet the ambitious vision set out in its strategic plan. Currently chaired by Tim Wates, who will be stepping down in July 2020, the Board brings together a diverse mix of regional business leaders alongside senior politicians and leaders from Universities and Further Education.

As one of 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships, Coast to Capital plays a pivotal role in driving economic growth, boosting education and skills, and improving transport infrastructure, urban centres and connectivity. The area covers a diverse range of towns and cities centred around Gatwick airport, across Greater Brighton, West Sussex and East Surrey; offering a powerful draw for businesses, residents and visitors from the UK and internationally.

The role will appeal to someone who is keen to make a difference and give something back at the same time as benefitting from an exciting opportunity to progress their own personal growth. This will include the opportunity to make key strategic decisions on various funding streams such as the £300 million Local Growth Fund portfolio and the Growing Places Fund.

Coast to Capital is committed to creating an inclusive organisation that promotes and values diversity and is keen to hear from enthusiastic and inspiring individuals who can understand and represent businesses across the area. The candidate will have a proven ability to steer the public, private, and education sectors in the promotion and acceleration of economic growth. Coast to Capital strives to ensure our workforce reflects our region’s diversity at all levels.  We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.


Additional Information

The Chair will be selected by LEP’s Nomination Committee, comprising LEP Board Members.

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

How to Apply

Candidates can apply by emailing or via the online application site at

For a confidential discussion please call our retained consultants Green Park Interim and Executive Search and ask for Andrea Trainer or Emma Berwick on 0203 145 3434.

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

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