Engineering champion sought for GFirst LEP board

If you work in Gloucestershire in an advanced engineering and manufacturing firm, and you have a passion for that sector, the county’s local enterprise partnership wants to hear from you.

By Andrew Merrell  |  Published
GFirst LEP celebrates its annual review 2022, staged on board Cotswold Airport's Boeing 747 on 15 June 2022.

After a decade which has seen it win almost £150 million for Gloucestershire, the county’s powerful local enterprise partnership is looking to add new business talent to its board.

Since 2011 GFirst LEP has secured £113 million for capital projects and more than £35 million of European funding, which has made possible schemes from major road improvements to new business premises, from shopping centre redevelopment and new college buildings to Gloucester Motorway Services.

The business-led group, which exists to grow the county’s economy, is seeking someone with ‘extensive experience in the advanced engineering and manufacturing sector' to join its board following the retirement of one of its long-standing members.

Ruth Dooley, chair of GFirst LEP, said: ‘This role has come at a pivotal time for GFirst LEP as we play our central part in the government’s Levelling Up Agenda.

‘Taking over the reins from long-standing board member Neill Ricketts, CEO of Versarien plc, this position on the GFirst LEP board offers an exciting opportunity.’

According to the LEP advanced engineering and manufacturing represents 14 per cent of the wealth produced in the county, contributing £2.6 billion (2020) and employing more than 35,000 people county-wide.

The role is a voluntary position to actively promote, celebrate and raise awareness of the sector, flag current issues and identify areas in which the LEP can help.

Applications are open to anyone aged 18 and above with the LEP committed to ensuring that by 2023 at least half of its board members are women.

Anyone who applies should send a copy of their current CV along with a cover letter to by Monday 31 October 2022.


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