How the North East LEP is governed


We are governed by our Board which is comprised of business leaders, education providers, economic experts and local authorities. It is at the North East LEP Board meetings that all of our key decisions are made.

You can view meeting agendas and minutes along with a register of interests for our Board members here.

We also have an investment board and three advisory boards to drive forward our delivery programmes while our executive team is responsible for the day-to-day delivery of each programme.

The North East Combined Authority (NECA) provides the formal accountability and scrutiny arrangements for the North East LEP. Minutes from the NECA Scrutiny and Audit Committee meetings attended by the North East LEP can be accessed here.  Our financial accounts can also be viewed on the Combined Authority’s website.

Our board members

Meet our board members, view their register of interests and download meeting minutes and agendas

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Advisory boards

We have three advisory boards whose members are responsible for driving delivery of the Strategic Economic Plan

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Investment board

The Investment Board is a sub-board of the North East LEP Board, with the purpose to oversee all matters relating to funding

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The North East LEP team

Our executive team, lead by Executive Director Helen Golightly, drive and facilitate the delivery of the Strategic Economic Plan

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Documents you may find interesting

North East Strategic Economic Plan

The strategy for economic growth in the North East

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Annual review 2018-19

The latest progress update on our activities and achievements

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Constitution and Code of Conduct

The Constitution includes Board member Codes of Conduct and policies relating to conflicts of interest.

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Assurance framework

Sets out how all North East LEP investment programmes and projects are managed

Download the Governance Assurance Annual Statement 2019-20


What funding has the LEP secured for the North East?

We have secured resources for the North East in different ways. We oversaw the development of  successful regional programme proposals to the UK Government to secure three rounds of Regional Growth Fund and Local Growth Fund investment. We prepared the strategy for European Strategic and Investment Funds and have used our resources to develop projects which lever significant additional resources for the North East.

With partners, we have prepared successful proposals for the 21 Enterprise Zone sites which have secured government tax benefits for investor business and will deliver a rolling investment fund over time. We have also secured resources from other sources for specific projects aiming to take forward aspects of the SEP, for example the Gatsby Foundation have resourced the regional project to improve careers advice and support and Horizon 2020 funding was secured to develop our engagement with European innovation platforms.

Where can I find agendas, minutes and papers from LEP Board meetings?

All minutes and agendas from board meetings are available here.