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Become a Solent LEP Business Director

The Solent LEP is currently seeking a prominent business leader to join our Board as a Business Director.

The Solent LEP board takes responsibility for shaping economic strategy in the region, including the development of the Strategic Economic Plan and Local Industrial Strategy for the area.

Alongside strategy development, the LEP is a major capital investor in the Solent economy and is delivering a growth programme valued at over £1.8bn supported by a £247m LEP investment, working with HM Government to create new jobs and enable new homes to be built in the Solent.

We are particularly keen to secure applications from female business leaders across the Solent area. The Solent LEP will ensure that there is at least one eligible female candidate for the consideration of the Business Membership and intends to extend the application deadline in the event that there are no applications from female directors within the initial application window.

In addition, the Solent LEP is seeking a balanced board with a mixture of different skills and backgrounds, covering both the economic geography of the Solent area and the key sectors. In consideration of this, and in order to complement the skills and experience of our existing Board Directors, we would welcome applications from individuals with expertise in major national infrastructure and key international gateways.

Further information on the Solent LEP Board can be found below and full details on the current opportunity to join the Board can be found here. The candidate statement form required from any individuals that want to apply can be downloaded here.

The deadline for applications for a role under the current process is 23:59 on 20th September 2019. 

Please note that the organisations of all LEP Business Directors must be registered as Business Members of the Company. Further information on Business Membership is available here.

The Solent LEP has a balanced Board of Directors with a mixture of different skills and backgrounds, covering both the geography of the Solent area and key sectors. The Board is made up of:

  • 9 Business (B) Directors
  • 5 Public Authority (P) Directors
  • 1 Higher Education (H) Director
  • 1 Executive (E) Director who is also the Solent LEP Chief Executive

The Solent LEP is the first LEP in the country to have established a fully elected Board of Directors and Business Directors are elected by the Solent LEPs Business Members.

Our Business Directors play a key role in developing local solutions to enhance the economic prospects within the area. They help plan, support and direct the economic growth of the Solent, and act as ambassadors for the area on a local, national and international stage.

All Directors offer their time to the LEP on a voluntary basis and the time commitment is significant; up to an average of two days per month.