Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Room 'D' - The Henry Bolingbroke Room, County Hall, Preston. View directions

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Welcome and Apologies for Absence


The Chair, Edwin Booth welcomed all to the Special Board meeting.  Apologies for absence were presented from Councillor Simon Blackburn, Professor Mark Smith, Ann Dean, Liam Finnigan, Mike Blackburn and Claire Whelan.


Apologies were also presented from the Company Secretary, Laura Sales with Andy Milroy attending as Deputy Company Secretary.


Declaration of Interests




Strengthened Local Enterprise Partnerships – Government Local Enterprise Partnership Review pdf icon PDF 117 KB

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Martin Kelly, Director of Economic Development and Planning, Lancashire County Council, presented a report (circulated) regarding Government publication of its Local Enterprise Partnership Review – Strengthened Local Enterprise Partnerships.


It was noted that the Review identified a range of issues which all Local Enterprise Partnerships need to consider and address with a view to establishing the response of the Board.


Martin highlighted the main points contained within the Review including the need for Local Enterprise Partnerships to comply with new requirements relating to Board makeup (diversity and gender), developing independence from Local Authorities, re-defining the strategic purpose and focus and new governance requirements.


In addition to the report presented, the Chair, Edwin Booth, circulated a paper containing his proposals to the Board for transitional arrangements in response to the Governments Review.


It was noted that the Chair had indicated he was to resign with effect from end December and a new Chair would take over from January 2019 onwards.  It was noted that the Deputy-Chair, David Taylor, had offered to take over on an interim basis should it be necessary whilst arrangements be confirmed for a new permanent Chair.


In addition, the Chair asked for all existing Directors to consider their roles and if any Directors intend to step down over the next 6-12 months to let him know as this will need to be factored in to ensure the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership complies with new Government requirements regarding diversity and gender, in particular the requirement for at least one third of Directors to be female by 2020, moving towards half by 2023.


In response to Directors questions regarding the requirement of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership to become independent of local authority support, the Leader of Lancashire County Council confirmed the county council's ongoing support for the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.


Given the need to respond to Government urgently with a plan to move forward on the new Government requirements, the Chair proposed that the Board sanction the creation of a transition working group with Lancashire Enterprise Director Graham Cowley contracted (days per week and time span to be confirmed by the Company Member in accordance with the Articles of Association) to scope-out all the areas of activity to include – compliance, governance, capacity, commitments, business model and income generation, independence from local authorities and relevant learning and good practice from other Local Enterprise Partnership areas.


It was proposed and agreed that the work of the transition working group led by Graham Cowley receive a peer review of key decisions when options need to be considered.


In addition it was proposed and agreed that the role undertaken by Graham Cowley be remunerated accordingly. 


Resolved:  The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Board


(i)  Noted and commented on the key findings of the Government's Local Enterprise Partnership Review, as presented.


(ii)  Discussed the key issues for the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, as set out in section 2 and Appendix 'B' of the circulated report and the need for the Chair and the Board to lead the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Any Other Business


The Chair, Edwin Booth, provided an update on a recent first meeting of the Northern Powerhouse 11 (NP11) which is a meeting of the Chairs from each of the 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships in the North of England.


It was noted that Roger Marsh, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership Chair, will chair the new body setup to support the Government's ambitions for the Northern Powerhouse across the region with Christine Gaskell, Chair of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, taking the role of Vice-Chair of NP11.


The topics discussed by NP11 at their first meeting included Policies, Growth Hubs, Supply Chains, Energy and Innovation


It was noted that the next NP11 meeting was scheduled to be held in November 2018 in Manchester.


Resolved:  That the update regarding the newly formed NP11 and its first meeting be noted.


Date of Next Meeting

The next regular Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Board meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday 6th November 2018, at 4:30pm in Committee Room 'D' - The Henry Bolingbroke Room, County Hall, Preston.


It was noted that the next regular Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Board meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday 6th November 2018 at 4:30pm in Committee Room 'D' – The Henry Bolingbroke Room, County Hall, Preston.