Recruitment of a Non-Executive Director of the GBSLEP

Recruitment of a Non-Executive Director of the GBSLEP to lead on the representation of Young People

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) is seeking to appoint a Non-Executive Director (NED) to lead on the representation of Young People. This is in recognition of the key role that young people should play in determining and delivering the economic growth plans for the area.

This opportunity comes at an exciting time for Greater Birmingham and GBSLEP. Key indicators such as job creation, economic output, foreign direct investment and business start-ups are showing that the economy here is growing. This is being supported by significant investment in: transport infrastructure (Birmingham Airport, New Street, Metro); key sectors such as advanced manufacturing, life sciences and energy; and office and retail space such as Resorts World, Paradise and Grand Central. The advent of HS2 is already bringing investment to the region through the National College for High Speed Rail and the HQ, and this will only increase in the years ahead. UK Central, the Enterprise Belt and Birmingham Smithfield present further opportunities to be exploited.

GBSLEP is supporting this renaissance through its Strategic Economic Plan and is demonstrating real success on the ground across its Business, People and Place agendas. It now has the tools in place to make a real difference including a £379m Growth Deal from the Government, the £1bn Curzon Investment Plan, a £275m Enterprise Zone (EZ) Investment Plan and influence over the €255.8m European Structural and Investment Fund. It is also working closely within the West Midlands Combined Authority to create further opportunities for economic growth as well as playing an integral role in the emerging Midlands Engine. Negotiations on a further Growth Deal are also underway.

  1. Role Description

We are looking for an individual between the ages of 18-30 years to join the GBSLEP Board who is passionate about the opportunities and challenges the Greater Birmingham & Solihull area faces, and is committed to driving forward the LEP’s ambitious agenda across its Strategic Economic Plan. It is expected that the successful individual will have some professional experience. The appointed young person will help to design and deliver the approach for recruiting young people to sit on the Pillar Boards and Sub-Boards of the LEP. It is also envisaged that a ‘pool’ of interested young people from the ages of 16-30 is created to provide a strong young persons’ voice on key aspects of the LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan. It will be for the young people on the Board and sub-Boards to establish the pool and agree its membership.

The successful individual will join 19 other Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) on the LEP Board from across the private, public and educational sectors.  He/she will lead on representing the views of young people across the LEP’s agenda.

Supported by the LEP Executive, the NED will be expected to work with key stakeholders from across the public and private sector to take this agenda forward. The NED will be responsible for representing the views of young people across the GBSLEP area, and feeding back these views to decision-makers at the GBSLEP Board.

The NED will champion the LEP’s work locally and nationally, using his/her skills, experience and networks to drive forward the agenda.

It is anticipated that the young persons’ representatives will be aligned with and support other existing groups of young people such as BPS Birmingham, Future Faces, youth councils, student bodies and so on.

  1. Person Specification

The successful individual will need to be:

  • A confident, bright and enthusiastic self-starter with a genuine interest in the GBSLEP and the challenges and ambitions of Greater Birmingham
  • Currently employed within a professional capacity or be furthering their career in an apprenticeship, training, or study
  • A natural leader – they may have experience leading young persons’ groups as part of a committee or may have founded young persons’ organisations
  • Representative of young people in the GBSLEP area – it is key that the candidate is broad-minded and understands that the people represented will have a diverse set of interests. We expect that the successful individual will garner the interests of young people who may work across a number of sectors and be at different stages in their career
  • Able to establish, or already have, extensive personal and organisational contacts particularly with representatives of other young peoples’ groups and is able to utilise these contacts to promote the GBSLEP and its interests
  • Able to be innovative and develop their own ideas for engagement with young people
  • A confident communicator with excellent written, oral presentation, and listening skills
  • A strategic thinker
  • Able to use the estimated 2/3 days per month effectively and is confident enough to ‘hit the ground running’

It would be desirable for prospective candidates to have:

  • Experience of working with and representing young people, particularly as part of committees of young professional groups and/or people with a wide range of interests – someone who is going to use those contacts
  • In-depth knowledge of the area and GBSLEP objectives

In practice we expect that the successful individual will be able to engage young people within the GBSLEP area through organising events, consultations, networking groups, discussion panels, and so on. The individual will gather the views of young people on a range of issues to feedback to decision-makers on the GBSLEP board.

Support will be provided by the LEP to the NED to help them to fulfil this role to their best ability.

  1. Time commitment

The position is a voluntary non-executive post with a commitment of up to the equivalent of 2-3 days per month.

The LEP Board, a company limited by guarantee, meets every two months and there is an expectation that NEDs undertake work on the areas that they are leading on in between meetings. This may involve meetings with stakeholders, convening a sub-group and attending events to promote the agenda.

The NED will be supported in this work by the LEP Executive and the LEP Board.

The term of office will be three years.


  1. How to apply

Applications are invited from suitable candidates in line with the Role Description and Person Specification. Applicants are invited to submit:

  • A detailed CV (no more than 3 pages)
  • A covering letter (no more than 2 pages)

The closing date for applications is 2nd December 2016 with interviews later that month.

Applications should be submitted electronically to and marked ‘Board NED Application’ in the subject line.  Alternatively, please post your application to: GBSLEP, Ground Floor, Baskerville House, Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2ND.

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