Business leaders sought for board positions

18 January 2021
Helen Simpson OBE, Chair-Elect, and James Farrar, Chief Operating Officer of the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership


Business leaders are being sought to help drive forward the York & North Yorkshire economy.

The York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership is seeking leaders for several board positions. Successful applicants will play a key role in the LEP’s work.

The York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership is geographically the largest, rural, LEP area in the UK and helps shape future priorities, develop partnerships, and secure both public and private sector investment to deliver economic growth across the region. In recent months, the LEP has worked with partners to develop ‘Greener Fairer Stronger’, a detailed economic plan in response to the impact of Covid-19.

The LEP is keen to see applicants who represent key sectors, such as manufacturing, food manufacturing, bioeconomy, Agri-tech, construction and visitor economy, or businesses using circular business models. Positions are open on the main board, skills board and business board.

David Kerfoot MBE DL, Chair of the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “If you are a business leader or entrepreneur who is passionate about York and North Yorkshire, we want to work with you and we encourage you to apply. The region, and indeed the whole country, faces the biggest economic challenge of our lifetimes. It is crucial that our LEP shows strength in leadership regionally, across the North and have our agendas prioritised by central government.”

In March, David will retire from his position as Chair. Helen Simpson OBE, Chair-Elect of the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We are looking for people who are excited to help invent the future for the businesses and communities of York and North Yorkshire.

“Expect to enjoying learning and growing yourself through working collaboratively with great colleagues and partners, plus the satisfaction of seeing the impact of our work.”

Between 2014 and 2020, the LEP oversaw more than £220m of investment in the region’s economy, split between business, infrastructure and skills projects.

Sam Alexander, Chair of the Skills and Employability Board, said: “In York and North Yorkshire, our people have showed amazing adaptability and resilience. We have all needed to learn new skills quickly to respond to the challenges of the past year. To build back greener, fairer and stronger we need to ensure that our people continue to have access to the support, training and qualifications they need. If you are a business leader with a track record of investing in the skills and development of your team to improve your business, we’d love to hear from you.”

David Dickson, who is Deputy LEP Chair, and sits on the Business Board, said: “We know commitments are stretched during these unprecedented times, but business leaders can play a big part in helping to reshape the region’s economy. The more people we have on board from businesses, particularly from our key sectors, the greater our impact will be.”

To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter to [email protected] specifying your interest to join one or more of our boards.
We will also warmly welcome innovative ‘cv’ formats, including video/ slide presentations that share your skills set and experience relevant to the roles.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 14 February. Interviews will be held online, week commencing Monday 22 February. Successful candidates will be invited to attend their first board meetings in March / April 2021. A board recruitment pack is available on the LEP website here.

To request an informal discussion about the role, please email [email protected]



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