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LLEP to recruit new Chief Executive to drive forward delivery of vital services

LLEP to recruit new Chief Executive to drive forward delivery of vital services

A new Chief Executive is being recruited to lead Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) as it continues to work with partners to drive sustainable economic growth.

  • New CEO will lead and reshape activities as work continues to deliver economic growth
  • Successful candidate will have deep experience of strategic partnership working
  • Recruitment of new leader comes as local devolution process continues

The LLEP Board is recruiting an influential strategic leader to manage the LLEP, looking purposefully at both delivery of vital services and long-term sustainability.

The successful candidate will also be tasked with shaping and reforming current activities while exploring new ways of generating future funding.

Directors decided at a recent Board meeting that it is an appropriate time to appoint to the role vacated by Mandip Rai earlier this year.

Leicester City Council, the LLEP’s accountable body, has now started a recruitment process in conjunction with Co-Chairs Anil Majithia and Andy Reed OBE.

Sue Tilley has been working under the interim title Head of LLEP since Mr Rai left the organisation in March 2022.

She has undertaken additional responsibilities relating to management of LLEP staff, support to the Board, and external promotion of the organisation with partners.

The interim role was formed in response to external uncertainty as integration of LEPs into local authorities was proposed as part of County Deal devolution.

Agreement between local partners and Government has yet to be reached in relation to devolution in Leicester and Leicestershire. Therefore, the LLEP Board has decided that a more permanent leadership solution is required for what is one of the most innovative and high performing Local Enterprise Partnerships in England.

Mr Majithia said:

"We are grateful to Sue for accepting additional leadership responsibilities earlier this year and her work with directors and officers in recent months as we continue to deliver projects on the priorities of our Economic Growth Strategy.

"However, it’s clear that it could be some time yet before a clear picture emerges on local devolution, therefore a more permanent LLEP leadership solution is required.”

The incoming Chief Executive will have recognised responsibility for service delivery, review of strategy, corporate governance and other longer-term priorities as the LLEP continues to deliver the Economic Growth Strategy it unveiled in December 2021 and which runs through to 2030.

LLEP directors expect the CEO role will continue to be required even were a devolution agreement to be reached in the near future.

For this reason, the successful candidate will have a track record of effective partnership working across sectors and sound political awareness.

The new CEO will be accountable to the LLEP Co-Chairs and report to the Board. The salary for the full-time role will be up to £80,504.

The application closing date is 8 December 2022. Read more detail about the role here -


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