Published date 16 November 2021

Could you help champion and shape the future of our region?

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The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership is looking to appoint new members to its Business Board to help shape a brighter, greener future for residents.

Business Board members play a key role in championing the West of England at regional, national and international level to enable economic growth, and are currently helping to drive the West of England’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “From Brunel, to Concorde, to Wallace and Gromit, our region is amazing. This is a fantastic opportunity to help shape its future. The West of England Combined Authority, which I lead, works closely with the Local Enterprise Partnership to put the West of England firmly on the map as a place of creativity and innovation. We're looking for passionate and committed people who share our vision of a greener, fairer and prosperous future for all our region’s residents.”

The region is committed to creating a better, greener future for residents and to help achieve that aim the Board is looking for inspirational, influential new members with expertise in key areas critical to recovery such as developing green infrastructure, sustainable transport, financial services, the creative and cultural sectors and trade unions.

Current Board member, Joanne Rumley from Foot Anstey said: “Being a member of the Business Board gives me the opportunity to use my business skills and experience to help shape the future of our region but also learn from other experienced local leaders. Collectively we are a group of people striving for real and positive change to improve the lives of those who live and work in the West of England.”

Dick Penny, independent consultant in the Creative Sector and former business member added: “Our region has huge potential, in large part due to the diversity of culture and enterprises. Through my time on the LEP Board I have seen the critical role Board members play in articulating that diversity and helping the Combined Authority to lobby government and to target support where it is most needed and effective.”

Successful candidates must inspire confidence in the local business community, have strong networking experience and have the credibility to champion the region. They will be willing to use their knowledge to go the extra mile in helping shape the region’s future.

The Board is keen to maintain a diverse membership that is representative of the region and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. All business roles are voluntary.

More information is available in the Business Board Members Recruitment Pack 2021.

Further information about the region and the West of England LEP can be found by visiting westofengland-ca.gov.uk/local-enterprise-partnership/

Expressions of interest should be emailed along with a short biography or CV to lepchair@westofengland-ca.gov.uk by Friday 17 December.

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