The body responsible for establishing the strategic direction of the Cheshire and Warrington economy and championing its cause with government is looking to appoint a new chairman and board members. In total, it is recruiting for eight positions, as existing board members near the end of their terms.
The LEP board is a predominantly private sector-led partnership between the private sector and local authorities. It oversees and governs the LEP’s investment programme of around £330m with the overall remit of helping the region become a £50bn economy by 2040. Goals include 139,000 new homes and 127,000 new jobs.
Philip Cox, chief executive of the LEP, said: “The role, work and influence of the LEP has grown significantly over the last six years. This is testament to the strength of our private and public sector partnership and our reputation for delivery, having secured major government investment for vital projects for the area through initiatives such as the Local Growth Fund.
“This is a really exciting time to be joining the LEP board and play a key role in further developing our already strong performing economy, as well as overseeing significant financial resources to deliver the area’s growth ambitions.”
The LEP was established in 2011. Key projects include the growth of the Cheshire Science Corridor, which has enterprise zone status and covers Alderley Park, Birchwood, Thornton Science Park and sites in Ellesmere Port, as well as the Northern Gateway Development Zone, a collaboration with authorities in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire intended to capitalise on investment opportunities around HS2. Regeneration specialist Jackie Sadek was appointed to chair this group in October 2016.