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Cumbria LEP seeks business leaders to join Board

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is looking to recruit two leading local business people to complete its new-look Board structure.

Board membership will offer a great opportunity to help shape Cumbria’s economy at a critical stage in its development, with the LEP recently submitting the Local Industrial Strategy to Government for its consideration.

The Local Industrial Strategy outlines how businesses and public and voluntary and community sector partners will work together to increase growth, productivity and prosperity for Cumbria, its businesses and its people, addressing the issues that matter most to our economy.

Applicants will have significant experience and a successful track record as an owner or senior executive of a business operating in the Cumbria LEP area.

They will demonstrate the necessary strategic leadership and corporate governance skills to operate effectively at Board level, and have passion and commitment to work collaboratively in the best interests of Cumbria and its economy.

Cumbria LEP is committed to equality of opportunity and would welcome applications from female business leaders and those with protected characteristics.

Cumbria LEP Chair Lord Inglewood says: “The LEP Board continues to evolve and we are now looking for two business leaders to complete our Board membership.

“It is essential that we reflect the communities and businesses that we serve, geographically, sectorally and size-wise and we are therefore very interested to hear from all business people who feel that they can add something to our Board.

“We are committed to improving gender equality on our Board, as well as looking to secure representatives from people with protected characteristics.”

Cumbria LEP Chief Executive Jo Lappin added: “This is the perfect time to join the Board and translate the ambition within the Local Industrial Strategy into reality. New Board members will have the opportunity to make a real difference in re-positioning Cumbria nationally and internationally and making sure that the important role that Cumbria plays for UK plc is fully understood.

“We have benefitted significantly from recent additions to our Board and these two new appointments will bring our Board to full complement.”

Successful candidates will join Emma Porter, Construction Director at Story Contracting, Sarah Swindley, CEO of the Lake District Foundation, and Professor Patricia Livsey, the Chief Executive of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw Children’s Hospice and the LEP’s first representative from the Voluntary and Community Sector, who all joined the Board in February.

The roles are likely to require a time commitment of 1-2 days per month.
Board appointments are for a three-year term, with the option for re-appointment for a further three-year period.

All Board members sign up to a Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy to demonstrate their commitment to the highest standard of governance and propriety.

Applicants wishing to put themselves forward as a private sector Board member should provide a current CV with a covering letter setting out what they see as the key challenges and opportunities for Cumbria’s economy, the skills and qualities that they can bring to the LEP, why they are interested in joining the Board and details of their business sector, geographic location and business size category.

Applicants need to either live or work in Cumbria.

Applications, marked ‘Board Confidential’, can be emailed to or posted to Jo Lappin, Chief Executive, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0DT.

The closing date for applications is Friday, June 14, 2019.

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