Posted by lepadmin - November 28, 2014 - Business, City Deal, Economic performance, Enterprise Zone, Inward Investment, Newsroom, People, Place, Planning, Regional Growth Fund, Skills, Social Enterprise, Strategy For Growth - No Comments

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP)
has signalled its intention to deliver the region’s economic plans by making a high profile appointment. Michael Carr will join the LEP in February as Programme Delivery Director, responsible for ensuring it makes good on the region’s growing opportunities and potential.

IMG_6339Mr Carr will take up his role in February 2015 with a remit to maximise the growth potential of the region.  He joins at a particularly critical time for the GBSLEP as it builds on its success in the development and delivery of economic activity.  Mr Carr has a proven track record having held senior positions at the University of Nottingham and the East Midlands Development Agency.

Andy Street, GBSLEP chairman, said:  “Michael’s appointment shows the ambition the LEP has for our city region. His pedigree is first class and this will be of huge advantage as we prove to Government that we can deliver the Growth Deal negotiated in the summer.

He will also be key in demonstrating that we deserve further powers to be devolved from Whitehall. I am pleased that we have waited until now to make such a senior appointment, such that we have been able to secure an experienced professional who has shown his ability previously to win support from both the public and private sectors and deliver economic success.”

Councillor Bob Sleigh, leader of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and GBSLEP board director, added:  “Michael brings vast experience with him and I am sure he will prove to be invaluable for this key role within the GBSLEP.   I know that the local authority leaders are all looking forward to working with him as we continue to build the economic strength of Greater Birmingham and Solihull.”

Michael Carr said:  “I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to join the GBSLEP at this exciting time. It is vitally important that the LEP and its partners deliver on the trust that has been placed in them from central Government and work to make significant improvements to the prosperity of the area and the wider city region. In doing so, the GBSLEP and its partners will be in the position to contribute fully to the debate regarding opportunities for change in the way our cities and regions are governed.”

Mr Carr will join Katie Trout, GBSLEP Executive Manager and will represent the first of a number of new delivery-based appointments as part of plans to strengthen the GBSLEP team.