Business leaders sought to lead local economic growth

April 12, 2018

Nick Pulley, Chair of the LLEP


Are you a key player in the business community?


Are you passionate about growing the Leicester and Leicestershire economy?


Are you ready to voice your opinion and join the LLEP Board?


The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) is seeking business leaders who share a vision and ambition to drive local economic growth in Leicester and Leicestershire to join the LLEP Board. 


The LLEP is one of 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships in the country set up to improve the performance of the local economy and guide growth across the city and the wider county area. It is led by a Board of 15 leaders representing the private, public and voluntary sectors, together with an independent Chair from the local business community.


Board Members play a key role in helping the LLEP to shape the local economy by influencing local and national government, as well as providing effective governance to the partnership and acting as ambassadors for Leicester & Leicestershire.


Sharon Redrobe OBE, CEO of Twycross Zoo stepped down from the LLEP Board last month after serving on the Board for over three years and Andrew Cliffe, MD of East Midlands Airport recently stepped down after four years on the Board due to his new role at Midlands Expressway. As a result, there are two new Board Member vacancies.


Sharon Redrobe OBE said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time on the LLEP Board representing such a fantastic place to live and enjoy, not just work. In particular, I’ve enjoyed seizing the opportunity to bring tourism and the visitor economy onto the radar, as a crucial part of economic growth for this region.”


“I’d encourage local business leaders to come forward - particularly those wishing to represent tourism and the county as well as the city. And more women are needed on this as so many other boards!”


Mandip Rai, LLEP Director said: “Both Sharon and Andy have made a tremendous contribution to the partnership. We will soon be developing a long-term economic strategy and we would welcome applications from business representatives from our key growth sectors, particularly advanced manufacturing, space, logistics, textiles and digital”.


In addition, the LLEP is seeking the next Chair of the LLEP. The Chair provides leadership and direction to both the Board and the wider network of partners, ensuring they collaborate, challenge, innovate and provide leadership. The Chair acts as a strategic thinker and builds on the success and reputation of the LLEP and drives it forward.


Nick Pulley, current LLEP Chair and Regional Director, Santander Corporate Bank is due to step down this year after reaching the limit of six years’ service on the Board.


Nick Pulley said: “It’s been an exciting and rewarding period of time working closely with the private and public sector and liaising with government. I’ve enjoyed seeing projects taken from concept to delivery using discrete LLEP funding.  For example, the £126m Growth Deal has been invested in a number of ambitious projects across the city and county to drive growth. 


“Another highlight of mine has been leading on the creation of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) during quite a challenging period of time in the middle of the Referendum. The £250m investment fund is already making a significant difference to SME productivity across the region. 


“My role as Chair of the LLEP has been very fulfilling and fantastic for professional development. I’ve been able to participate and play a part in the region’s economic success and I recommend this role to any business leader who is prepared for a challenge.”


The ideal candidate for the Chair position is a business leader, with a high profile in the area and a strong regional and national network. Meeting regularly with senior politicians and the Prime Minister twice annually, this is an exciting opportunity to make a significant impact locally and nationally by putting Leicester and Leicestershire at the forefront of the Government agenda for investment opportunities. 


The closing date for applications for Board Member and Chair vacancies is Thursday 31st May 2018. The term of service will formally commence on 1st July 2018 for a period of three years. For more information and to request an application pack, email

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