Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP seeks new chair

Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP seeks new chair

The Greater Birmingham Solihull (GBSLEP) LEP, has announced the appointment of Berwick Partners to spearhead the search for a new chairman to lead the ambitious economic growth programme for the Greater Birmingham region.

Steve Hollis, the current chair, will stand down at the GBSLEP’s AGM in September this year.

Hollis said: “When the GBSLEP was formed in 2011 the Greater Birmingham region was an economic laggard compared to its UK regional counterparts.

"Wind forward to 2017 and our region is a stand out economic success story leading the way in job creation, business start-ups, exports and inward investment.

"Household names have and are making this region their home and with HS2 we will be at the centre of one of the largest infrastructure projects the UK has ever embarked on.”

Now the LEP is seeking a prominent business leader who is a ‘passionate champion’ of Greater Birmingham and can demonstrate a proven track record of strategic leadership delivering complex multi stakeholder programmes.

Cllr Bob Sleigh, deputy mayor and GBSLEP board member, said: “As a region we should be incredibly proud of the achievements that we have secured in the last few years.

"This position presents a fantastic opportunity to work with the private and public sectors in Greater Birmingham and Solihull, playing an active and influential role in the West Midlands Combined Authority and in the Midlands Engine, to develop effective relationships that will support continued growth.”