SEMLEP, the body responsible for determining local economic priorities and securing investment to support business innovation and growth, is looking for new board members.


As representatives from local businesses, the new board members will contribute their knowledge and expertise to steer government and local investment into creating jobs, promoting productivity and tackling commercial and skills issues identified by businesses.

We are looking for a number of business representatives from across the diverse range of companies, sizes and sectors based in the South East Midlands area.

Dr Ann Limb, CBE DL, Chair SEMLEP “Now is the time for more of our strong business leaders to step up and step into a regional leadership role to shape the economy our communities need for the future.

“SEMLEP is recognised by government as a highly-performing LEP and we’re working with government to further strengthen our governance through the Board so that we’re in the best possible place to lead new funding programmes.”

Ann Limb adds, “A key part of this work is ensuring that we have equal and diverse business representation on our Board.”

In July this year, the government published recommendations for all LEPs to have one third women representation by 2021 and 50% representation by 2023. The recruitment process is being overseen by Cllr Hazel Simmons, Leader Luton Borough Council and SEMLEP’s board champion for equality and diversity.

Hilary Chipping, Chief Executive, SEMLEP comments, “There are major opportunities and challenges facing our businesses and communities over the coming period. How we prepare for, and adapt to, EU exit, how we best harness innovation and business capabilities to leverage opportunities in new and emerging sectors and, how to tackle infrastructure issues that are holding business growth back are the key agendas for the SEMLEP Board.

“Our area is one of the fastest growing in the country. We need more strong, experienced and diverse Board members to advocate for the successes of South East Midlands economy and shape the priorities for the future.”

Read more about the Board director role how to apply on our Work with Us section. Or, for a confidential conversation with Hilary Chipping, SEMLEP’s Chief Executive you can email Leanne at leanne.nadal@semlep.com to arrange a time.

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