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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:

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