Oct 182018

Non-Executive Director - Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (C&W LEP)

Recruiter: Charles Peters
Location: Warwick
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 13 Oct 2018
Closes: 10 Nov 2018
Sectors{ Business Opportunities
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: Full Time

The opportunity

The Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (C&W LEP) is seeking to appoint a Non-Executive Director (NED) from the private sector to join its board.

This opportunity comes at an exciting time for C&W LEP. The local economy is doing well with GVA growth above the national average over the last 5 years. The LEP is part-way through delivering a multitude of projects and schemes from the GBP340m+ of funding that has been won since its inception in 2011 and it also has a nationally recognised Growth Hub that is providing excellent support to businesses to help them prosper and grow. The area is performing well in attracting inward investment and has attracted a number of companies over the last 4 years. The emerging West Midlands Combined Authority will provide many more opportunities for the people and businesses that it encompasses and the LEP is playing a significant part in its development.

We are seeking to appoint a director that will help CW LEP meet its obligations contained within its Equality & Diversity Statement, with preferably but not limited to, experience of a leadership role in the automotive sector.

We are looking for an individual to join the C&W LEP Board who is passionate about Coventry and Warwickshire and is committed to further driving forward the LEP's ambitious agenda.

Role Description

  • To serve on a high-profile, nationally-recognised private-public board supporting the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
  • Contribute to strategic direction and activities,
  • Make themselves available for a minimum of 1 full day at any time, as you have to attend board meetings, but ideally would want to be 2 days to include any other meetings as required.
  • Be prepared to serve on various bodies including, not only internal C&WLEP related boards and committees but also including representing C&WLEP on West Midlands Combined Authority and Midlands Engine business.

The successful individual will join 17 other NEDs on the LEP Board from across the private, public and university sectors. He/she will therefore have the opportunity to contribute to strategy development with a focus on inward investment and economic growth, job creation, and core enablers. They will also be encouraged to be the lead, on behalf of the Board, for one of the business groups that support the activities of the LEP

It is expected that the NED will champion the LEP's work locally, nationally and internationally, using his/her skills, experience and networks to drive forward the agenda and overcome obstacles.

The Candidate

A demonstrable and current track record in the leadership of a sizeable business- ideally in the Coventry and Warwickshire area.

Well connected, with demonstrable and current links with other businesses and/or Whitehall and the ability to influence and champion the CW LEP at the most senior levels.

A clear strategic vision, excellent communication and leadership skills

The successful individual will ideally need to have:

  • Strong personal authority and gravitas;
  • A proven track record of delivery;
  • High business acumen;
  • Significant senior level experience in a private sector business which has strong roots in Coventry and Warwickshire;
  • Experience of public / private partnership working and of building partnerships that add value;
  • The ability to foster joint working across geographies and sectors and actively manage relationships with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure their understanding and secure 'buy in';
  • Extensive personal and organisational networks;
  • A familiarity with Coventry and Warwickshire;

Time commitment

The position is a voluntary non-executive post with a commitment of up to the equivalent of 2 days per month.

The LEP Board, a company limited by guarantee, meets every two months and there is an expectation that NEDs undertake work on the areas that they are leading on in between meetings. This may involve meetings with stakeholders, convening a sub-group and attending events to promote the agenda.

The NED will be supported in this work by the LEP Executive and other key partners.

How to apply

Applications are invited from suitable candidates in line with the Role Description and Person Specification. Applicants are invited to submit:

  • A detailed CV (no more than 3 pages)
  • A covering letter (no more than 2 pages)

by email to sales@charlespeters.co.uk

The closing date for applications is 23rd November 2018. Interviews are planned to take place in early December.

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