LLEP looks to diversify its Board of Directors with three new vacancies

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Limited (LLEP) is looking to recruit three new members to its Board of Directors. It is particularly keen to receive applications from under-represented groups that make huge contributions to the economy of Leicester and Leicestershire.

Private sector business leaders are invited to apply to join the LLEP Board, become part of the conversation on moving the city and county forward and help drive funding to develop the region.

The LLEP is responsible for the economic future of Leicester and Leicestershire. Since its establishment in 2011, it has invested tens of millions into the local economy through projects and programmes designed to stimulate growth and prosperity.

The LLEP Board of Directors make collective decisions to deliver the organisation’s objectives which primarily are to drive positive outcomes for the local economy.

Directors come from a variety of backgrounds in the public and private sectors, and act as representatives for their industry or area of expertise. It is hoped that these new appointments will bring further passion and drive to make a real difference to the region, add to the combined strength and knowledge present on Board and diversify the thinking that contributes to the LLEP’s strategy.

Businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire are run by a wide array of people from diverse backgrounds. The LLEP is looking to ensure that its top decision-making body is representative of the communities it serves and hopes the recruitment exercise will see some outstanding applicants.

Emma Anderson, a Director at Freeths Solicitors, is a LLEP Board Member having been appointed in October 2017. Emma has spent the vast majority of her working life in Leicester and Leicestershire and is committed to the economic and cultural development of the region.

Her knowledge and experience of the commercial services and private sector in Leicester and Leicestershire - and local businesses of all shapes and sizes - enables her to appreciate and understand the issues facing business and to input that knowledge for the benefit of the LLEP area. Her involvement in the cultural sector via her trusteeship of Big Difference Company (responsible for the annual Leicester Comedy Festival) provides her with a different focus from that of the commercial sector and enables her to appreciate local issues from varying perspectives.

With colleagues at Freeths, Emma leads their Women in Business agenda for Leicester and Leicestershire which focuses on raising the profile and influence of professional women and seeks to address some of the recurring themes facing businesswomen such as improving business networks, imposter syndrome and balancing responsibilities. Regarding the LLEP Board vacancies, Emma said:

“As a member of the LLEP Board, I am involved in the operations of the organisation at its highest level of decision-making. Working with the other Directors including senior local politicians, we make decisions on the LLEP’s spending, which is in excess of £250 million. We also agree strategic priorities and influence decision makers at both a local and national

level in Westminster”.

“It is of vital importance that women are fairly represented at this highest level of economic policy making. Here in Leicester and Leicestershire, women contribute huge amounts to the local economy through innovative, successful and profitable businesses. I would be delighted to be joined on the LLEP Board of Directors by more like-minded women, keen to help improve the economy of our region and strengthen it for the future.”

“It is fair to say that women are currently under-represented on the LLEP Board. To me this is surprising considering that there are many highly competent and capable business women in Leicester and Leicestershire who would be a great fit for this role.

“I would therefore encourage those women to seriously consider applying to become involved in the LLEP at Board level and so be part of its focus on driving economic growth in our region by working in partnership with organisations across the private and public sectors to secure the funding necessary to support that growth. We are looking to have a balanced board with a mixture of different skills and backgrounds, covering both the economic geography of the area and the key sectors.”

The LLEP would be extremely interested to receive applications to its Board of Directors from candidates of similar experience and expertise as Emma Anderson. Applications are open now, and interested parties should head to the LLEP website to find out more.

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