The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) has shined the spotlight on Cllr. Nick Rushton, LLEP Board member and leader of Leicestershire County Council.
Cllr. Nick Rushton was first elected to public office in 1986 and has lead Leicestershire County Council since 2012. Nick also serves on the General Assembly of the Local Government Association nationally, and a representative on the County Councils Network.
The LLEP caught up with Nick and asked him some questions about his job, hobbies and what it means to be a LLEP board member. Here is what he has to say!
1.What motivates you?
Doing my best to get the best outcomes for L&L residents and business.
- What do you do for fun/ what are your hobbies?
Going for long walks in the country with the dog and spending time with my family.
- How would you describe a typical Friday evening?
Relaxing with family and friends, a nice meal out, with a couple of drinks…
- If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I love California-everything about it.
- What has been your favourite job role?
Having the honour of leading Leicestershire County Council since 2012.
- What’s your finest achievement in your work?
Overseeing better working relationships with our key stakeholders and partner organisations- locally, regionally and nationally. My starting position is always to break down barriers, not create them.
- What has been your most memorable experience (professional or personal)?
Lobbying the Government with the support of our 7 MPs, to agree to a fair funding review for local government finance.
- What is the one bit of advice would you give to your 18 yr old self?
If you want something badly enough, never give up.
- How long have you been on the LLEP board?
Since it was established in 2011.
- As a valued board member, how do you see yourself contributing to the LLEP?
I very much see my role as a facilitator and fixer. The LLEP must be private sector led, but it also cannot succeed without good relations with local government colleagues and access to MPs. Particularly when they need to understand what work the LLEP is doing and how they can play an integral part. That’s where my influence brings a lot to the table, same with the City Mayor. It’s a fine balancing act between the needs of the City and those of the County. Sometimes with very distinct agendas. Differences aside, the LLEP exists to drive economic growth and I want it to play a leading role in our emerging Combined Authority.
Watch out for more profiles on the LLEP board members in the future!
The LLEP is governed by a Board of 14 leaders representing the private, public and voluntary sector and it is chaired by a leading business representative. The Board provides leadership, oversight, challenge and reviews the delivery of the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP). To find out more about the board members roles and the structure of the LLEP, click here.