Calling North Devon business leaders: opportunities on our Local Enterprise Partnership Board

Posted on: 12 July 2019

Do you have the skills, drive and experience to play a key role in delivering economic growth and prosperity in the region?

North Devon Council is encouraging North Devon business professionals to put themselves forward as board members of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The LEP is seeking a new chair and two new board directors from the private or social enterprise sector to lead and shape the strategies that will deliver its mission to double the size of the region’s economy by 2038.

The board also oversees the LEP’s delivery programme of infrastructure, business support and skills projects worth three-quarters of a billion pounds being delivered by 2021, therefore candidates with a strong business background at a senior level are required to make a positive contribution to the board.

The HotSW LEP is a business-led partnership between the private sector, local authorities, universities and colleges, which leads economic growth, job creation and prosperity in the region (covering Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay).

The new chair and board members will work to strengthen the LEP’s role as the main thought-leader influencing economic development in the HotSW area and deliver the area’s Local Industrial Strategy that aligns with the Government’s National Industrial Strategy.

Councillor David Worden, Leader of North Devon Council, says: “The LEP plays a key role in delivering economic growth and we really want a representative from North Devon to be at the heart of this work.

“These appointments are open to professionals from the private or social enterprise sectors, with experience of running a small to medium enterprise. You can apply online or get in touch with one of our economic development team if you would like to have an informal chat about the roles.”

Stuart Brocklehurst is Chief Executive of Barnstaple-based business Applegate Marketplace. As a current board member of the LEP, he is keen for other North Devon business leaders to follow suit.

Stuart says: “I would encourage business leaders to consider these important and fulfilling roles. The LEP plays a vital role in securing funding and coordinating strategy to raise productivity and prosperity across Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay. As a business-led organisation we need the highest calibre directors to lead the organisation on to the next stage of delivery.”

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 31 July 2019. Apply online at or call Dominie Dunbrook, Senior Economic Development Officer at North Devon Council, on 01271 388372, for an informal chat about the roles.

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