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Cumbria’s strategic economic body seeks influential business leader
Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is looking to fill the unpaid role after current chair George Beveridge announced he would be standing down last month.
The primary focus of the new Chair will be to lead the development of a new Local Industrial Strategy for Cumbria that will set out the county’s priorities to the 2030s.
They will also work closely with Transport for the North, Highways England and Network Rail to improve Cumbrian transport infrastructure.
Director of Cumbria LEP, Graham Haywood, said: "We are looking for a persuasive and influential business leader from the private sector who will bring direction, energy and passion to the role and build on the LEP’s reputation as the strategic leader in economic development in Cumbria.
“The new chair will have at least 10 years’ experience in a senior appointment in the private sector, as well as a track record in delivering the objectives of complex organisations and boards.
“They will work closely with government, local authorities, MPs, business leaders and a range of partners to strengthen the LEP’s decision making powers, secure additional investment and bring economic development projects to fruition.”
During Mr Beveridge’s seven-year tenure more than £60 million of funding has been secured from the Government’s Growth Deal programme to help support a wide range of projects designed to accelerate economic growth in the county.
Cumbria LEP has awarded more than £4m of grants to companies through the Regional Growth Fund programme, which are set to create over 4,300 new jobs, 4,200 training places for local people and attract an additional £53m in private and public sector investment in the county.