GBSLEP in search for technological expertise on Board

Posted by lepadmin - July 18, 2012 - Board appointments, Newsroom - No Comments

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) is seeking a new Director to lead on the application of technology across all business sectors.

The recruitment begins following the decision by Nick Bunker, President of Kraft Foods & Cadbury UK/Ireland, to step down having served since the LEP was formed in June 2011.

It has been decided that the search for a replacement should focus on technology and ICT given the importance of these sectors in delivering the LEP’s Strategy for Growth and in underpinning the City Deal proposals announced last week.

Andy Street, Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Nick has been invaluable in helping us to achieve as much as we have during our first year and we know that Kraft Foods, as one of the biggest employers in the LEP, continue to support our agenda.

Andy Street, GBSLEP Chair.

Andy Street, GBSLEP Chair.

“His decision to stand down from the Board due to work commitments means we have an opportunity to look closely at the type of person we want to bring in given the way the LEP’s work has evolved over the last year.

“In many ways, technology is the glue that holds our agenda together. It incorporates themes such as digital infrastructure, Smart Cities, connectivity and innovation and, as we go forward, will become an increasingly important area of work.

“We are looking for somebody with an understanding and experience of technology and the ICT in the broadest sense to help us deliver our vision for the LEP.”

Nick Bunker, President of Kraft Foods & Cadbury UK/Ireland, said: “Serving as a Board Director of the LEP over the last 12 months has been a fascinating and rewarding experience.

“The LEP agenda has been gaining momentum which requires expertise in other areas – I’m pleased this move provides an opportunity for a different sector to help drive the LEP forward.

“Kraft Foods continues to support the LEP and, where appropriate, will help it to achieve its ambitious aims.”