SEMLEP begins search for new chair as Ann Limb departs

Nov 22, 2018

Dr Limb will leave in February and the organisation is looking for a key figure to lead it forward. The SEMLEP board has appointed executive recruitment specialist McLean Partnership to source likely candidates.

  • Pictured: Ann Limb.

SEMLEP chief executive Hilary Chipping said: “This is an incredibly important time for SEMLEP and for our area’s economy. Our new chair will need to be ready to grasp a broad agenda and immediately start to shape the future contribution of SEMLEP.”

The organisation is looking for a business leader with high personal credibility, strong diplomatic skills and the ability to forge effective relationships locally and nationally.

The chair will be high profile, representing SEMLEP and working with the national network of 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships, to ministers, businesses and investors on national platforms. 

SEMLEP director Jean Gowin, who chairs the recruitment panel overseeing the appointment, said: “Ministers have made clear in the outcome of a recent review of LEPs that they see a strengthened role for local enterprise partnerships going forwards with great emphasis on the importance of transparency and accountability in making decisions.

“SEMLEP is recognised by government as a well-performing LEP. Our new chair will support our continued development and our enhanced roles in driving inclusive economic growth across the area.”

The successful candidate will also play a key role in championing the South East Midlands economy and shaping the long term economic vision for the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Arc.

Ms Chipping said “This is an incredibly important time for SEMLEP and for our area’s economy. Our new Chair will need to be ready to grasp a broad agenda and immediately start to shape the future contribution of SEMLEP.

“In 2019, we will launch and implement our Local Industrial Strategy, strengthen our organisation and prepare to deliver new funding programmes following the end of the current EU-funding arrangements. 

“We are looking for a strong business person who can lead our board through this exciting period of unprecedented change and opportunity.”

Interested candidates can contact Adam Mahmood at the McLean Partnership for a confidential conversation and more information about the role and selection process at am@mcleanpartnerships.com or telephone 0203 597 6422.

The closing date for applications is 9am on January 7. More information is also available at www.semlep.com

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