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Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is looking for high profile business leaders to help shape the economic future of the LEP area, which stretches south-west from the edges of London to New Forest covering 14 local authorities across two counties. 

There are five exciting places to fill - a new Chair of the Board and four private sector Board Members. Passionate people engaged with the regional community and with a desire to create the conditions that encourage companies to grow, should apply by 4th March 2018. 

The new Chair will have vision and provide strategic leadership for Enterprise M3 LEP. They will be recognised business leaders with a high profile in the Enterprise M3 area and bring strong regional and national networks. They will enjoy working with partners across business, public and not-for-profit sectors to create jobs, support businesses and develop infrastructure necessary to strengthen the economic success of the area. Meeting regularly with senior politicians and the Prime Minister twice annually, this is an exciting opportunity to have significant impact on both the local and national scale. 

The LEP is also looking to recruit four new Business board members. Business board members are drawn from a range of sectors and bring commercial knowledge and experience to help shape the LEP’s policies and programmes. They play a key role in setting the economic vision and strategy for the LEP area.

Dr Mike Short steps down

The current Chair, Dr Mike Short CBE, is stepping down after successfully being appointed to the important position of Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for International Trade (DIT), a post within the civil service. He will stay on the board to support the new Chair and to champion science and technology, a key focus for the LEP.

Mike Short said: “This is an exciting time to be joining Enterprise M3, with central government reinforcing its backing for LEPs and the growing economic strength of our area, driven by strong export-led sectors and world-leading digital enabling technologies.”

“Chairing the LEP has highlighted the significant impact leading people within national and local government, organisations and businesses can have by working together. The Chair of the LEP has a key role in not only knitting together activities, but also championing the opportunities of our wider area. Our LEP is ambitious, prepared to think outside the box and most of all, wanting to tap into talent - I look forward to welcoming new views and ideas to join our board.” 

The LEP is working with Executive Search Agency, Perrett Laver to recruit to these posts. For more information on how to apply, visithttps://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/668/chair_and_board_members/

Interested candidates wishing to have an informal or confidential discussion about the role, should contact Richard Boffey (Richard.Boffey@perrettlaver.com), or Kimberly Moyo (Kimberley.Moyo@perrettlaver.com). The closing date for applications is 11:59pm GMT on Sunday 4th March 2018.


The Chair position is remunerated at £20,000 per annum and is for an initial term of three years. This can be extended to a second term of three years. The time required is one to two days per week, including six board meetings annually and various public events.

Board Member roles are non-remunerated positions and the initial term is two or three years with the potential for a one term extension. The time required is up to one day per month including six board meetings. Reasonable travel expenses will be covered.

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