"The new LEP Chair will be joining a diverse group of board members who represent a wide range of different businesses and offer many different skills and talents."
David. A. Kerfoot MBE DL, Main Board Chair
Welcome from David. A. Kerfoot MBE DL
The position of York and North Yorkshire LEP Chair is a role that I have been proud to undertake since 2018.
In the 10 years since its inception, the York and North Yorkshire LEP has made huge strides. Of course, we have had many challenges to face in this time, none more so than the recent pandemic, however, overall, we have created a very positive environment and enabled great change.
Since 2014, the York and North Yorkshire LEP has invested a total of £230m to support business, infrastructure, and skills across the region including housing, transport, flood alleviation, social inclusion and workforce development.
As Chair, you are able to make a real difference ‘on the ground’ for our region and it is a hugely rewarding role.
I believe there are several key qualities you need as Chair to be successful in the role. As well as knowledge of our wonderful region, you will need passion and commitment for what the LEP is trying to achieve. You will need to provide clear, strong, visible leadership and have a willingness to get out and about and talk to people and businesses across the region about what they need.
During my time as Chair, I’ve seen that it’s not necessarily the biggest investments that make the biggest impact - it’s the ability of the LEP to bring together various organisations, local authorities and businesses that makes the greatest difference and gets things done.
Finally, the LEP Chair needs to be a great advocate for York and North Yorkshire, to make sure our voice is heard, and the right people listen.
The new LEP Chair will be joining a diverse group of board members who represent a wide range of different businesses and offer many different skills and talents. I am proud to say that our board is an open, transparent and well governed board with members all having a strong desire to work together for the good of the region.
Whilst my time as Chair is coming to an end, as a proud Yorkshire man and business leader I remain passionate about supporting our region.
There are many exciting opportunities waiting to be tapped, particularly around green growth and the region’s huge bioeconomy. This, combined with the possibility of devolution, makes it an incredibly exciting time for our region, and the LEP Chair will play a fundamental role in steering this future growth forwards.
I would encourage business leaders who want to make a real difference to the future of our region to apply for this unique role.