New board members sought by Bucks Thames Valley LEP

Business people are invited to join the board of the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP) to help steer the future of an area with an economic output worth over £16 billion.

BTVLEP is a business-led Local Enterprise Partnership which promotes economic growth and prosperity across Buckinghamshire. Buckinghamshire is a significant wealth generator for the UK economy, and the commitment of over £73m in Local Growth Funds is unleashing ambition and creativity in the county. This funding is enabling the delivery of new road and rail infrastructure, better skills and business opportunities and enhanced digital connectivity to support sustainable economic growth in the county which sits at the heart of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.

In the past 12 months our Local Growth Fund investment has helped support new educational facilities at the world-leading National Film and Television School, while new facilities for the creative industries and construction and motor trades have been created at the Buckinghamshire College Group sites. Additionally, work is now complete on the new Vinson Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Buckingham. This performance in our Local Growth Fund delivery has enabled BTVLEP to be graded ‘good’ on all fronts in the Government’s annual assessment of Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Andrew M. Smith, Chair of Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “BTVLEP is recognised by Government to be a high-performing LEP. These new board appointments will support the continued growth of our economy and help our businesses to flourish locally and internationally.”

Andrew added: “We are seeking applications from new private sector board members who will bring further commercial experience and insight to the board and help generate new ideas and who will best reflect the communities we serve across Buckinghamshire.”

What does being a Board Member entail?

A Board Member’s role is to use their business knowledge to give strategic advice on boosting the area’s economy; promote LEP interests when dealing with Government and business contacts; help drive forward the LEP’s activities, including those around increasing jobs and business growth; contribute to the development and delivery of the area’s Local Industrial Strategy; and champion the work of the BTVLEP Board to relevant partners, networks and other business organisations.

Applicants should be excellent communicators, demonstrate real leadership, understand what drives economic prosperity, have a good knowledge of the area and its needs, and possess extensive business networks and contacts. They must also be available to serve on the BTVLEP board for up to four years, and to attend regular meetings and events.

Details for applying

The closing date for applications is Friday December 21st, with interviews being held in the week commencing January 7th 2019.

Applicant packs, including a role description and person specification, can be requested by contacting info@buckstvlep.co.uk or telephoning 01494 927132.

In addition, further details can be found on the BTVLEP website at: www.buckstvlep.co.uk/board-members/board-appointments

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