LEP Seeks Food Business Leader

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The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership is looking for an influential business leader from the food sector to join its board.
Food production is one of Greater Lincolnshire's biggest industries.

The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership is looking for an influential business leader from the food sector to join its board.

The successful candidate will act as food sector lead for the LEP. He or she will be a senior figure from the food industry with a strong understanding of Greater Lincolnshire and an existing network of influential contacts.

Ursula Lidbetter, Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP:

The food and drink sector is the largest manufacturing industry in the UK and it has grown faster than any other major industry in the last six years.

We are fortunate to have here in Greater Lincolnshire the UK’s largest and most progressive food sector based on clusters of dynamic businesses and well developed supply chains.

In our Agri-Food Sector Plan we set out an ambitious target to double the sector’s contribution to the economy in Greater Lincolnshire by 2030.  To achieve this we are championing infrastructure enhancements and place marketing and helping existing businesses through access to a skilled labour market, support with innovation and R&D and access to new markets and local supply chains.

The Greater Lincolnshire LEP is a business-led partnership between the private and public sector, and was formed in response to a strong desire by the business community and the public sector to ensure that economic interests of the area were properly represented.

The new board member will work alongside existing board member Mark Tinsley, who is the LEP’s agri-food sector lead.

The board member role is voluntary and will involve around eight meetings per year, lobbying MPs sometimes in London, possibly attending other meetings as a representative of the board and background reading. Travel expenses can be claimed.

For an informal discussion contact Kate Storey on 01522 550540. To apply for the role send a CV and covering letter electronically to kate.storey@lincolnshire.gov.uk by Friday 4th December 2015.