Governance

Dorset LEP is a Community Interest Company, incorporated in June 2016. Our accountable body is Dorset Council which oversees all our agreements, funds and finances.

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We are committed to exceptional standards of governance and have robust systems and processes in place to ensure the overall direction, efficiency, regulation and accountability of Dorset LEP.

This includes communicating with local stakeholders in an effective and transparent manner. Information relating to the operation of our Board is available here and details about our Board members are available here.

Legal Personality

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership is the trading name of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership CIC, a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales.  Our company registration number is: 10246567 and registered address is: 6th Floor, Poole House, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset BH12 5BB.

Our Articles of Association explain our purpose as well as our duties and responsibilities. 

Accountable Body and Section 151 Officer 

The Accountable Body for Dorset LEP is Dorset Council. A service level agreement manages this relationship.

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has published guidance on the principles for Section 151 Officers in Accountable Bodies. 

The Section 151 Officer is required to provide Government with an annual assurance statement, reporting on their work for Dorset LEP. This is available here.

Board Members

Dorset LEP is led by a number of Board members from industry sectors, local authorities, and higher and further education establishments. Board meeting dates, papers and minutes are available here.

Assurance Framework

Dorset LEP’s Local Assurance Framework demonstrates our commitment to transparency and accountability and sets out our approach to appraise, deliver, monitor and evaluate schemes to achieve value for money.

Detailed within the Local Assurance Framework are Dorset LEP’s Policies and Procedures.

Government's National Assurance Framework can be found here

Delivery Plan

Dorset LEP's Delivery Plan sets out the activities that we will carry out in the 2019/20 financial year. The Delivery Plan is split into 4 parts:

  • Part 1: Strategic Infrastructure
  • Part 2: Business Growth & Inward Investment
  • Part 3: Skills
  • Part 4: Corporate Services

Refer to our Policies and Procedures here 

View our Governance Structure here

View our Finance information here