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Search on for new directors for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 27, 2013

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A COUNTYWIDE partnership on a mission to boost the economy and create jobs is seeking two new directors for its board.

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is seeking two "outstanding" individuals holding senior positions in the private or voluntary sectors to join the seven-strong private sector members of the LEP board, chaired by Chris Pomfret. The LEP has said it is looking for individuals respected for their business leadership, strategic thinking and team players with a "vision and tenacity to make a difference". There is also an opportunity for one of the successful candidates to chair the LEP's Employment and Skills Board.

As part of the three-year appointments the successful candidates will be involved in the LEP's significant negotiation of the Growth Deal for the region with the Government. It will work to finalise its investment strategy for the next European funding programme, which is worth more than £500 million to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly from 2014 to 2020.

Chris Pomfret, chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, said: "This is a very exciting time to join the LEP's board and we are looking to recruit outstanding people who share our vision of creating new jobs and delivering sustainable economic growth for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly."

The positions have become vacant following the departure of two original board directors. Gaynor Coley has left Cornwall and her role as executive director of the Eden Project to become director of public programmes at Kew Gardens, in London.

Richard Reed is focusing on other commitments, including his role as a board member of Falmouth Harbour Commissioners.

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  • break  |  December 27 2013, 7:19PM

    Seven people in charge of a mission to boost the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly,thats got to be a government quango.

  • Gurnards_Head  |  December 27 2013, 5:29PM

    Significant is it not that since Eden ceased to receive public hand outs on demand both Sir Tim Smit and Gaynor Coley have departed for pastures new. Eden has ceased to be daily news on the most trivial of grounds yet still appears to be functioning at a level that tends to suggest that neither are greatly missed. One cannot but wonder what actual useful function either of these expensive self publicising prima donnas ever fulfilled.

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