Interim chairman of the LEP Mark Reeve explained: This is a truly unique opportunity to drive business growth in an area that is one of the engines of growth for the UK as a whole, boasting an unrivalled blend of internationally competitive clusters, and where sound stewardship of the local economy can contribute hugely to the recovery of the wider UK economy. The right person will be from a business background, who understands the local economy and is able to champion the diverse range of interests within. They need to be credible with both Government and businesses of all sizes, and have the ability to draw together private, public and third sector organisations. Overall, we need a strong strategic thinker, who can make the right decisions to deliver economic growth for our area. The role will involve a time commitment of around 30 hours per month, with all expenses and an honorarium payable to the successful candidate.