Applications are invited from business leaders to Chair our main board as David Kerfoot plans to step down

01 September 2020

Today we have launched a new campaign to recruit a new Chair for our main Board as the term of office for our current Chair, David Kerfoot MBE DL, comes to an end next March.

Applications are invited from dynamic and experienced business leaders with drive, energy, and a passion for York and North Yorkshire. The Chair will be required to lead the board and help to achieve our ambitious vision to strive for a carbon negative region and by building a greener, fairer and stronger economy , in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and work with our partners to realise the region’s devolution ambitions.

David Kerfoot MBE DL has been on our board since its inception in 2010 and was Deputy Chair for six years before becoming Chair in 2018. He will stand down on 31 March 2021 as his term of office comes to an end.

He said: “It has been a great pleasure and honour to lead this dynamic partnership and although there have been challenges, none more so than with Covid-19, it has been a very rewarding role.

As Chair, you are able to make a real difference ‘on the ground’ and I look forward to seeing a new Chair take up the legacy and lead the LEP’s vision to build a greener, fairer and stronger economy for the region as we emerge from the pandemic.

The LEP is looking for a successful business leader who has a knowledge and passion for York and North Yorkshire and who is committed to what the LEP is trying to achieve. It is not a role for a ‘figure head’, it needs someone who is prepared to roll their sleeves up and get ‘stuck in’. The new Chair will need to provide clear, strong, visible leadership and get out and about and talk to people and businesses across the region about what they need.

During my time as Chair, I’ve seen that it’s not necessarily the biggest investments that make the biggest impact – it’s the ability of the LEP to bring together various organisations, local authorities and businesses that makes the greatest difference and gets things done.”

The new LEP Chair will be joining a diverse group of board members who represent a wide range of private and public sector businesses and organisations from across the region including representatives from micro businesses, SMEs, large corporates and education institutions.

The new Chair will have the opportunity to be a part of the proposed devolution deal negotiations for York and North Yorkshire which could potentially provide £2.4 billion of investment in the region over the next 30 years helping to drive the region’s recovery and future growth.

The new Chair will be announced at our Annual Conference on 6 November, and in order to provide a stable transition in leadership at this critical time, there will be a five month transition period before David Kerfoot formally completes his term in March 2021.

A minimum commitment of 8-10 days per month is required from the LEP Chair.  The new Chair will serve for a term of three years and can be extended once by the agreement of the Board.

The LEP is committed to diversity and inclusivity in its recruitment of staff and Board Members and this will be reflected in its approach to this recruitment campaign.

Further information is available and applications can be submitted at: Applications will close on Friday 2nd October.

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