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D2N2 LEP – Board Member positions

The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership is seeking applications for two vacant positions on its Board.

Candidate Brief


D2N2 is the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. LEPs are locally-owned partnerships including local authorities and businesses, higher education, further education and the voluntary and community sectors, and play a central role in deciding local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and create local jobs.

D2N2 is the fifth largest of the 38 LEPs in England, covering an area with a population of more than two million people and an economic output of around £44 billion GVA (Gross Value Added) (source ONS report, February 2017).

Goals include creating 55,000 additional private sector jobs in the D2N2 LEP’s area by 2023. Our vision is of a more prosperous, better connected, and increasingly resilient and competitive economy. We are currently refreshing our Strategic Economic Plan in the context of the Government’s Industrial Strategy but our current purpose is to support and encourage economic growth in D2N2. Our ambition is to be one of the most respected LEPs, known for our professionalism and effectiveness.

We hope that you will take this opportunity to join other high-profile and respected business leaders, local authority leaders and representatives of the higher education, further education and voluntary sectors from across the D2N2 area, and we look forward to seeing your application.

For more information about who is on the D2N2 LEP board, go to

Job Description – Board Members

Role of Board Members

  • Provide strategic input to the Board on driving the growth of the D2N2 LEP area’s economy from a private-sector perspective.
  • Actively seek to promote the interests of the LEP at key opportunities to influence Government and business, with the broad aim of securing investment in the D2N2 LEP area.
  • Contribute to and promote an informed view of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing the D2N2 area’s economy.
  • Contribute to the further development and help to drive implementation of the LEP’s business plan, addressing the key priorities for economic growth.
  • Contribute to the further development of the LEP’s strategy and governance, in particular in the context of the implementation of the D2N2 Growth Deals and the emergence of new opportunities from the Government policies.
  • Champion the work of the Board, its objectives, outcomes and results to relevant partners, organisations, networks and business organisations.
  • Adhere at all times to high standards of ethics and governance in public life.

Experience and Attributes

Board Members must be able individually to demonstrate the following:

  • A clear strategic vision, excellent communication and leadership skills, and a demonstrable understanding of the drivers of economic prosperity.
  • Significant experience of leading a successful business based within the D2N2 area in one of the key sectors, to demonstrate credibility and achievement as a driver of private sector growth in the D2N2 area.
  • Well-connected, with demonstrable links with other businesses and organisations.
  • Preparedness to assume leadership roles on specific issues by agreement with the Chair to help drive work forward across the Partnership between formal Board meetings.
  • Commitment to serve for up to three years at regular LEP Board meetings, other events and to champion the work of the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Time Commitment

It is anticipated that Board members will on average be asked to contribute one to two days per month to fulfil this role, for which expenses only will be available.

Timetable for Application

The closing date for applications is 12noon on Tuesday 4 July, 2017. It is anticipated that those shortlisted will be invited for discussions with LEP Board members in early to mid-July.

Applications should quote the reference PR/DR/9578* and should include:

  • A CV
  • A covering letter of no more than two pages in length outlining how your experience and networks would benefit the LEP, paying particular attention to the ‘Experience and Attributes’ criteria as outlined above.

All applications will be acknowledged. Please submit your application as follows:

  • By email (preferred) to
  • By post marked ‘Strictly Private and Confidential’ to: David Ralph, Chief Executive of the D2N2 LEP, 8 Experian Way, NG2 Business Park, Nottingham NG2 1EP

For any initial enquiries in confidence, please contact Office Manager Sally Hallam on 0115 957 8250 or alternatively email:

D2N2 Senior Manager - Growth Deals and Capital Programmes


Salary circa £48,000 - £55,000



Apply To:

East Midlands Chamber

Commerce House

Millennium Way

Dunston Road


S41 8ND


0333 320 0333

D2N2’s target is to support the creation of 55,000 new jobs in D2N2 by 2023. The majority of these jobs will be in the private sector but it is currently refreshing its Strategic Economic Plan in line with the emerging Industrial Strategy. Its vision is of a more prosperous, better connected, and increasingly resilient and competitive economy. Its purpose is to support and encourage economic growth in the D2N2 region.

Following the production of its Strategic Economic Plan in 2014, D2N2 LEP has secured 3 Growth Deals. D2N2 has a strong track record of delivery of its Growth Deals and also oversees delivery of the Nottingham and Derby Enterprise Zone and has secured significant Growing Places and other funding to support the growth of local businesses, and works closely with central Government on the key priorities of a European Investment programme and delivering the D2N2 Growth Hub. D2N2 also has leads the East Midlands HS2 Executive.

The LEP has been integral to the establishment of the Midlands Engine, covering the nine LEPs across the Midlands and has worked closely with local and national politicians on Devolution. We have also recently started the review of our Strategic Economic Plan.

D2N2 staff are hosted by the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and uses offices based in Nottingham, Derby or Chesterfield. Working with the Chamber and other business organisations forms an integral component to delivering economic, transport and housing priorities in the East Midlands working closely with neighbouring Local Enterprise Partnerships.

1. Why the post exists

Following a senior management review last year, the development of a new business plan and further Growth Deal funding in the Autumn Statement, this post has been created to both strengthen the senior leadership of the LEP by clarifying roles and responsibilities and provide additional capacity to the D2N2 LEPs development. It provides an outstanding and exciting opportunity for the right individual.

2. The key areas of responsibility

The key areas of responsibility are set out in the job description and they will form part of the D2N2 Senior Management Team.

The person specifications sets out the key competencies and requirements for the role.

3. Ideally, applicants will possess

Significant experience of delivering partnership led economic development, building effective relationships with the central and local Government and private sector particularly in property and effective programme and project management. You will need to demonstrate both commercial and political acuity.

Applicants will need to have a can-do attitude with a leadership style, communication, resilience and presence to negotiate effectively with a broad range of stakeholders in both the public and private sector.

You should be able to show effective programme management skills and recognise the need to be fair, open and transparent in all delivery.

If you have an enthusiastic approach to your work and feel you could make a significant contribution to our organisation, we would like to hear from you.

Download an application

Download the job description and person specification

Alternatively, please call HR department on 0333 320 0333 or e-mail  for a recruitment pack quoting reference HR/GDCP.

CV's are not accepted unless accompanied by the application form.

East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire) is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

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