Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP seeks chair

THE Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (GCGP LEP) has called for an “inspirational business leader” to volunteer to lead the LEP in driving economic growth.

The GCGP LEP proposal was approved by the government in October and since then work has progressed to shape the network. An essential part of this is the recruitment of a chairperson.

Commenting on the position, which is available on a voluntary basis for an initial two year period, Neil Darwin (above), director of economic development at Opportunity Peterborough said, “The next step in putting the LEP into action is appointing a dynamic, business-minded and influential individual to this role and we’re confident we’ll see applications from a lot of well-qualified candidates.”

Those who feel they possess these qualities are strongly encouraged to apply. Other key attributes sought include:

• A strong track record growing and running a significant business
• Good understanding of public policy at a local and national level
• Credibility with a wide range of stakeholders
• The ability to draw together a wide number of people to pursue common goals
• The ability to exert influence at a national level

John Bridge (left), chairman of Opportunity Peterborough and the Local Enterprise Partnership Project Board said, “This is a key appointment and will play a major role in pushing the growth of our area forward, so we’re looking for an individual who can influence policy where it matters and use their networking skills to draw together the strengths of both Peterborough and Cambridge to create a healthy economy.”

Interested individuals should submit a brief CV and a short letter detailing their interest to by 4pm on 26th January 2011.

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