LEPs continue to increase number of women business leaders on LEP Boards
LEP Network Chief Executive Mark Livesey welcomed the latest update from the ‘Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship’ and the continued drive of LEPs to increase the number of women business leaders on LEP Boards.
LEPs continue to actively seek to increase the level of applications from women business leaders to ensure better representation on LEP boards.
In the year to March 2021, six LEPs have appointed women business leaders to their boards to lead local strategic growth and business investment in their region, this is out of a total of nine appointments of LEP Chairs in that year. That means 66% of all LEP Board chair appointments were won by women in the year to March 2021.
LEP Network Chief Executive, Mark Livesey said:
“I’m pleased to see in the latest update from the Rose Review that “good progress” was made in the last year in supporting women business leaders and heartened that LEPs are playing their part with a significant upturn in the recruitment and appointment of more women business leaders in the same period to take our boards forward.
“LEPs are totally committed to ensuring that their boards reflect the regions they represent through better targeted recruitment and encouraging more applications from wider sections of the community.
“LEPs and their Growth Hubs will continue to help underpin the vision set out in the original Alison Rose Review in 2019.”
The women business leaders appointed in the year to March 2021 are:
- Sarah Windrum at Coventry and Warwickshire LEP
- Cecilia Bufton at Dorset LEP
- Helen Simpson OBE at York and North Yorkshire LEP
- CJ Green at New Anglia LEP
- Lucy Winskell OBE at North East LEP
- Julie Kapsalis at Coast to Capital LEP
The Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship is available here.