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LEP seeking Non-Executive Director to join Board

Thames Valley Berkshire LEP is seeking a highly experienced non-executive director who can bring their commitment, passion and energy to the LEP Executive Board. With a successful track record in Berkshire you will bring your skills, experience and constructive challenge to our well-developed ambitions. If you have a senior, active and current role in the private sector in Berkshire and want to make a difference to the wider Thames Valley economy we want to hear from you.

The LEP is in the throes of an exciting journey: it has agreed three historic Growth Deals with the government, which have secured £142m of public funds into our area. We are well over half-way through this investment programme and now leading on the development of Local Industrial Strategy for Thames Valley Berkshire (BLIS). The business environment in Berkshire is a key foundation of our BLIS and we need a
thought-leader who has the knowledge, skill and experience to help us complete and then implement a Local Industrial Strategy that will take Berkshire’s impressive levels of productivity to new heights.

This voluntary role will be for a minimum of three years (maximum of five). The Board meets monthly though additional input outside of meetings is a given; specifically, to chair quarterly meetings of a new Business Environment Strategy Group and (potentially) and annual business forum.

Download the job specification here

If you wish to apply for this position, please send your CV/Profile and a one-page summary of your reasons for wanting to join us, to joanna.birrell@thamesvalleyberkshire.co.uk by midday on Monday 28th January
2019. It is anticipated that interviews will take place w/c 11th February 2019.

Notes to editors

Thames Valley Berkshire (TVB) benefits from a strategically advantageous position just west of London and Heathrow Airport. It is part of a complex, functionally polycentric ‘mega-city region’ centred around London. It occupies the key section of the radial M4 Corridor and connects with the emerging Oxford to Cambridge Corridor, thus occupying a key innovation and R&D corridor space in the UK. 87% of jobs in TVB are in the private sector and its economy boasts specialisms in digital technologies and life sciences. Indeed, the information and communication sector accounts for almost a quarter of the area’s total GVA which, according to the ONS, is £37.4bn (at 2016 constant prices). TVB’s proximity to Heathrow Airport is fundamental and offers national, sub-national and international connectivity as a result. This is soon to be enhanced by Crossrail and rail electrification, key ingredients for future, sustainable economic growth.

The purpose of Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Ltd is to: bring about sustainable economic growth of the Thames Valley Berkshire sub region through the implementation of a strategic economic plan. It is a business-led organisation, endorsed by government since 2010.

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