Our vision is that the Western Gateway will be the UK’s Green Energy Powerhouse to drive the UK’s net zero ambitions
The Western Gateway partnership is the UK’s first pan-regional powerhouse to span the border of two countries from its inception. Stretching across South Wales and Western England, our powerhouse connects the Union and has the Core Cities of Bristol and Cardiff at its heart.
We are now looking for a Chair to join our board and provide clear leadership in the delivery of our vision, purpose, and key milestones of: contributing £34 billion to the UK economy; attracting investment and growing exports by £4 billion; decarbonising our economy; connecting communities; and unlocking innovation. Achieving this requires long-term transformation, not a short-term fix. We work in partnership with government, business, and universities to overcome barriers and create new opportunities, ensuring we level up communities across our region.
The opportunity to leave a lasting legacy in this role is enormous. Already home to 4.4 million people and over 2 million jobs, the Western Gateway area includes 8 cities, 3 city regions and an economy of approximately £110 billion, but the opportunity, and our ambition, is much greater than this.
Our future is being built around key programmes, including: innovation and investment, which aims to unlock digital innovation; low carbon energy, which supports the decarbonisation of the Western Gateway economy through the production and use of new low carbon energy sources; and strategic rail, which will connect communities to level up access to jobs, education and opportunity.
As our next Chair, you will be a passionate advocate for our region and use your local, regional, and national relationships in business and with Government to champion the work that we do to help us achieve our vision. You will be a natural collaborator, particularly with the area’s SMEs and businesses owners, demonstrating strong partnership building, maximising opportunities for all.
You will be able to demonstrate a successful leadership career within business whilst possessing strong political acumen at local and national level to help promote the Western Gateway Partnership. You will be a creative and innovative thinker and have a track record of quickly building rapport and credibility within organisations and wider systems to enable your success.
This is a unique opportunity to Chair the Board of a unique organisation, that is at the heart of delivering a greener, fairer future for the UK.
For more information about this opportunity, or a confidential discussion about your suitability, please contact Frazer Thouard (firstname.lastname@example.org), Ben Parsonage (07530 578 921) or Louise Bickley (07586 715788) from our retained partners at GatenbySanderson.
ContactsFrazer Thouard: 07384 810 743 Ben Parsonage: 07530 578921 Louise Bickley: 07586 715 788
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