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28 September 2020

Could you be the next Chair of Dorset LEP?

Could you be the next Chair of Dorset LEP?

Dorset LEP is one of 38 LEPs in England, working in partnership with businesses, local government, education institutions and other industry and community organisations to drive economic growth, attract funding and investment, increase productivity and develop local industrial strategies for Dorset.

The current Chair of Dorset LEP, Jim Stewart, has held this role since November 2017 and his term expires this year.

He shared: “It has been a fantastic experience to lead Dorset LEP as Chair over the last three years and to see so much investment and improvement in Dorset as a result of our work over this time. With a new investment strategy being developed, this is an exciting time to pass on the baton to a new Chair”.

Jim Stewart was appointed Chief Executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners in 2002 and in the past six years, he has served as Chair of British Ports Association, Chair of Maritime UK (representing UK ports and the UK maritime services sector), Chair of UK Port Skills, and Safety and Chair of Access to UK Ports committee. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and has served as President and council member of Dorset Chamber.

Over the last three years, Mr Stewart has driven Dorset LEP forward at pace. Highlights of achievements during this time include: forging a stronger relationship with the Dorset business community, establishing the Dorset Local Industrial Strategy, securing an additional £11.8m investment for Dorset through the Getting Building Fund, planning the Dorset investment strategy and implementing a new governance structure within Dorset LEP. Through his leadership, Dorset LEP has continued to deliver its £98.4m programme of Growth Deal projects on time and on budget.

Deputy Chair, Sara Uzzell, said: “On behalf of Dorset LEP and our stakeholders, I wish to thank Jim for his dynamic leadership and support during his role as Chair of the Board. We have made some important improvements for Dorset since his appointment, thanks to his vision”.

The new Chair will lead the Board and further strengthen the role and reputation of Dorset LEP and deliver the Local Industrial Strategy through the development of the Dorset Investment Prospectus.

As the voice of local business, Dorset LEP welcomes applications for the role of Chair from candidates with a strong business background and reputation at a senior level.  The Chair will be required to represent Dorset LEP at key events and on specific committees linked to their expertise within the region and also to liaise with a range of stakeholders including business owners, local authorities, MPs and ministers. This role will also Chair Dorset LEP Board meetings every other month and will be supported in the role by Dorset LEP Director, Lorna Carver.

Interested candidates are invited to apply by 10:00, Monday 26 October 2020 and more details can be found on the website of the recruitment agent, Gatenby Sanderson:  


Notes to editors:              

Dorset LEP

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership is a business led private and public sector partnership, promoting local economic growth and prosperity. Dorset LEP delivers projects that support and develop infrastructure, housing, skills, enterprise and business growth to achieve long-term economic benefit for all in Dorset. For more information visit the Dorset LEP website

For more information visit the Dorset LEP

Local Growth Fund

Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone.

That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.

Some additional key facts:

  • There are 38 LEPs covering the whole of England
  • The government has awarded £9.1bn in three rounds of Growth Deals to local areas to drive economic growth
  • LEPs are investing in a wide range of projects including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation and flood defences
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