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North East LEP seeks new Chair for its Board

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is seeking a high profile and influential business person with a connection to the North East as the next Chair of its Board.

The current chair, Andrew Hodgson OBE, plans to step down as soon as a replacement chair is recruited.  Andrew has spent nine years on the Board, working tirelessly on behalf of the region.

The Non-Executive Director position is being advertised nationally and comes with significant public profile, responsibility and accountability to the North East community.

The high-profile business leader will need to demonstrate a clear understanding of the economic challenges faced.

The North East LEP is one of 38 LEPs in the country and sets the economic agenda for the region to promote and develop economic growth across the North East. Its geographic patch covers the local authority areas of County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

Heidi Mottram, Vice Chair of the North East LEP’s Board and the CEO of Northumbrian Water, said: “Andrew has been a superb Chair since he was appointed in 2016 and has truly been committed to making our area an even better place to live and work.

“During Andrew’s time as Chair we have become respected nationally as one of the leading and most effective LEPs in the country. On behalf of the Board and wider LEP community and partners, I’d like to offer our thanks for his service and wish him success in his next challenge.

“However, Andrew’s departure creates an exciting opportunity for someone equally experienced, well-connected, dynamic and committed to the region to help us achieve our ambitions for the future. We need someone who is prepared to be a visible and an active cheerleader for the North East across the region, the Northern Powerhouse area and the UK – and if that sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you so please do get in touch.”

More information on the role can be found here.

To apply please send your CV and a statement, of no more than two pages, to the North East LEP’s Chief Executive Officer, Helen Golightly at [email protected] . Your statement should include:

  • How you would contribute to the delivery of the North East Strategic Economic Plan and in turn, support the region’s recovery from the impacts of COVID-19
  • Examples of how you have influenced strategic decision making
  • Any skills/experience/achievements that may be useful for the role and any particular areas of interest you have.

This vacancy is now closed (as of 12 noon, Monday 8 June 2020).