Dorset LEP

Poole, Dorset

  • Location

    Poole, Dorset

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    The Chair role is remunerated at £20,000 per annum and related applicable expenses in line with our policy will be reimbursed.

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    25 October 2020

  • Client

    Dorset LEP

Ref: GSe67381

Time commitment: 5 to 8 days per month

Dorset LEP is a private sector-led organisation responsible for speaking on behalf of businesses, championing important issues with government, securing funding and investment for the region and driving the economic growth of Dorset. Our vision is to double Dorset's productivity and economic output to £35.6 billion over the next twenty years, generating 80,000 jobs.

Dorset LEP is seeking an experienced and influential senior business leader who can bring leadership and energy to the role of Chair, continue to facilitate our excellent relationships with key stakeholders and act as a high-level advocate for Dorset regionally, nationally and internationally.

This role is essential to the region as it helps advance accelerated growth in productivity, innovation, earnings and wellbeing across the county and to deliver the ambition to create a local economy that is sustainable, innovative, resilient and inclusive. The Dorset LEP Chair will set the vision and strategy, and drive forward an economic agenda, which focuses on the needs of business, residents and communities.

As an effective influencer and ambassador for Dorset, you will champion Dorset LEP at local, regional and national levels. The Chair role is supported by the Dorset LEP Board which brings together a wealth of experience from the private, public and education sectors.

We welcome applications from individuals who can visualise and convey the bigger strategic picture, offer challenge and insight and genuinely input into the process of advancing Dorset LEP’s agenda of fostering real and positive change in the Dorset region for the ultimate benefit of all.

We seek applications from individuals who have the proven ability to meet and deliver our aspirations and who will provide energy, commitment and wisdom to lead the development of our strategic priorities and oversee all our decisions and activities.

Dorset LEP is committed to having a Board which embraces diversity and equality. In line with this commitment, the opportunity to apply for the role of Dorset LEP Chair is open to business leaders from all backgrounds and sectors.

Closing date26th October 2020 at 10am
Short listing29th or 30th October 2020
Stakeholder Sessions 6th November 2020
Final interviewsWednesday 11th November 2020
How to apply

Applicants are required to submit a current CV, a completed Board Member screening questionnaire (an additional document which you can download), an equal opportunities monitoring questionnaire (completed online when submitting your application) and a covering statement highlighting why you are interested in the post, the skills and experience you possess which you feel would be most relevant to the role and how you meet each of the person specification requirements listed on (two sides A4 maximum).  It should also reference how you would contribute to the delivery of the Dorset Strategic Investment Plan and support the region’s recovery of the impacts of COVID-19. 

The application documents will be shared with the Dorset LEP Nominations & Remunerations Committee in order to assess your application and if eligible will be shared with the non-Business members of our Board. We will hold these documents confidentially and by submitting an application to us you are providing consent for us to share these documents as described above.  

Contact details
Gary Evans: 0113 205 6080

Delicia Coutinho: 020 7426 3962