Theme Advisory Groups and Sub-Groups

The LEP Board has established three Theme Advisory Groups to advise, make recommendations and co-ordinate activity and engagement on the direction, development and application of funding in respect of each of the three Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) themes; people, place and business. Membership of the Advisory Sub-Groups has still to be established but will include all private sector LEP Board Members as ex-officio. At the request of the LEP, the Theme Groups will make observations on individual applications for funding.

Employment & Skills (People) Theme Advisory Group 
This group will act as the leading strategic support body to the LEP providing a forum for the engagement of private sector employers and liaison with public sector employers to develop, formulate and co-ordinate policies and proposals relating to employability, education and skills that support the Black Country's strategic aim to grow its global supply chain with the world class skills it demands, to maximise the benefits of the region's location.

Business: Competitiveness and Enterprise Theme Advisory Group 
This group will act as the leading strategic support body to the LEP providing a forum for the engagement of private sector employers, intermediaries and liaison with public sector agencies to develop, formulate and co-ordinate policies and proposals within the theme area and enabling businesses in our key sectors to grow and deliver our contribution to the implementation of the SEP through the development of our economic, social and physical infrastructure.

Place Making and Land Theme Advisory Group 
This group will act as the leading strategic support body to the LEP providing a forum for the engagement of private sector investors and developers in liaison with public sector planning authorities to develop, inform and co-ordinate policies and proposals relating to the environment, green growth, brownfield land, land for housing, transport schemes and the development of the visitor economy that support the Black Country’s strategic aim to grow its global supply chain with the world class locations it demands to maximise the benefits of the region’s location.  
We still welcome expressions of interest for private sector members to serve on these groups. We are looking for a breadth of individuals who can bring a depth of experience aligned to the chosen group. You will be making an active contribution to the work of the LEP and should therefore be able to take a strategic view and engage quickly with issues facing business, whilst demonstrating integrity and commitment.
The Groups meet quarterly on days and times to be determined at their first meetings.
When expressions have been received they will be considered by the Local Enterprise Partnership Board who will confirm appointments to the Groups or consider any additional steps to select suitable members
For further information, please call Nigel Easom on 01384 471104 or Hywel Ruddick on 01384 471142.

Funding Applications Sub-Group (formerly Regional Growth Fund/Growing Places Sub-Group) 
This group will consider and make recommendations to the LEP Board concerning applications for Regional Growth Fund and Local Growth Fund, and monitor the overall effectiveness and use of the funds. LEP Board members include Simon Eastwood - Chair, Paul Brown, Chris Handy, Ninder Johal and Tom Westley.