The Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (GM LEP) is looking for senior business professionals to become new members. We are seeking members who are passionate about the region and can help shape its future.

The GM LEP sits at the heart of Greater Manchester’s governance arrangements ensuring business leaders, working with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, are at the heart of setting the strategic course of Greater Manchester, determining local economic priorities and driving growth and job creation within the city region.

As we work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic challenges and opportunities faced by society are unprecedented and will require innovative and bold approaches to ensure that we emerge stronger than ever.

Against this backdrop of change, you’ll help us set the direction of these Boards. With your expert business knowledge, you’ll see that we address the city region’s needs through our Greater Manchester Strategy and GM Local Industrial Strategy. It’s a chance to take the lead in areas where you have particular expertise. With your influence and knowledge, you can make a significant impact.

This role calls for considerable Group or Board level experience. You’ll bring formidable business skills and clear insight into the Greater Manchester region. An independent thinker, you combine your knowledge with a gift for analysis. You are quick to understand issues and able to contribute to strategy. Strong communication skills mean you can express your thoughts articulately and collaborate with others.

We are looking for a diverse group of business leaders from the region and beyond who reflect the full range of Greater Manchester’s business sectors and the diversity of its people. In particular, the LEP would benefit from more representation from our Local Industrial Strategy frontier sectors including Clean Growth; Advanced Manufacturing and Materials; Health innovation; and Digital.

We would like to hear from individuals with expertise in culture; hospitality/retail and social enterprise but we welcome applications from anyone with relevant experience.

As part of its wider role driving delivery of our Local Industrial Strategy, the LEP is also interested in hearing from individuals who wish to join the Graphene, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Alliance – or GAMMA – Board. GAMMA will help steer development of an advanced materials and manufacturing strategy in partnership with Government, ensuring GM is at the centre of the revolution in materials science that is transforming manufacturing in sectors from aerospace, to construction, to health technology.

This presents an opportunity for candidates who have the experience and drive needed to shape the direction of a new global cluster and particularly individuals with experience in translating R&D into commercial success.

For an informal discussion about the opportunities please contact Pete John at Penna Consulting on The closing date for applications is 30 October 2020.