The LLEP Board makes collective decisions to deliver the LLEP’s objectives and the outcomes set out in the SEP. It acts as an ambassador for Leicester and Leicestershire at local, national and international levels. The LLEP Board Members engage and represent their specific sector or corporate organisation on the LLEP to ensure views represent those of the wider sector. They also communicate and promote the objectives of the LLEP within their respective sectors, ensuring the clear understanding of the need for collaboration.
The Programme Board oversees and supports the delivery of the LLEP Programme of activity. It is responsible for performance management of projects funded, and operated by the LLEP. The Programme Board oversees the quality of business cases put forward for investment to ensure value for money and takes investment decisions under delegated authority from the LLEP Board. The membership of the Programme Board is reflective of the LLEP Board, and is chaired by a private sector Board member.
The Review Panel provides advice and recommendations to the Programme Board on projects submitted for funding through the LLEP Open Call. The Review Panel evaluates business cases, determines strategic fit and checks projects against fund criteria.
The LLEP Executive is responsible for overseeing the LLEP operation on behalf of the Board. The Executive offers strategic direction to the team’s activity, providing assurance for all operational resources; providing advice to the Board on the ongoing development and implementation of the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP).
The People, Place and Business Boards were set up to connect with a wide range of partners; engaging them to support the delivery of the Strategic Economic Plan and the growth of the Leicester and Leicestershire economy. The Theme Boards advise the LLEP Executive about future investment opportunities within their area of expertise and help the LLEP in translating these strategic priorities into action.
Enterprise Zone Strategy Group
The EZ Strategy Group is accountable to the LLEP Board and is responsible for overseeing all EZ operations on their behalf. The Strategy Group has strategic oversight of EZ activity and manages the development and implementation of the zones. They provide financial assurance for operational and programme funds and receive regular updates regarding risk management and delivery of the overall EZ programme.
Enterprise Zone Steering Groups
The EZ Steering Groups are responsible for advising and supporting the site owners in overseeing the delivery of the EZ sites. The Steering Groups are accountable to and report to the EZ Strategy Group.
All papers for the main LLEP Board and sub-boards (that are responsible for decisions about public money) will be made available on the LLEP website. The LLEP is committed to meet the timelines as set out in the National LEP Assurance Framework in accordance with the Local Government Act 1972.
These timelines are:
- Meeting agendas and papers to be published five clear working days before the meeting takes place;
- Minutes of Board meetings to be published within 10 clear working days of the meeting taking place. This may be in draft if internal LLEP processes require clearance before the minutes are finalised. The final minutes of Board meetings will be published within 10 clear working days of being ratified at the subsequent Board meeting.
Any declaration of interest made at the meeting must be included in the minutes of the Board meeting. A new declaration of interest should be updated on the relevant member’s register of interest.