THE search is on for Cumbria’s private sector leaders to help support fellow businesses and shape the region’s economic recovery.

Cumbria LEP, the business-led partnership tasked with driving economic growth, is looking to recruit local leading figures to join its board.

The appointments will come at a critical time for the Cumbrian economy, with businesses facing the highest inflation rates for 40 years at the same time as recovering from the effects of the pandemic.

Successful applicants will play an essential role in supporting businesses to the navigate the challenges of today, with the closing date for applications Friday August 26.

Cumbria LEP Chair Lord Inglewood said: “The current economic challenges mean that the Cumbria LEP Board has a vital role in representing the interests of our businesses and working with Government to help to respond to these. We’re calling on leaders who can bring real insight and business expertise, as well as a passion for Cumbria, to play a key role in our growth over the coming years.

“It is essential that the Board reflects the communities and businesses that we serve; geographically, sectorally and size-wise. We therefore really want to hear from business leaders who feel that they can add something to our Board. We are also committed to increasing female Board representation and as such I would encourage our female leaders to put themselves forward.”

Applications from women are particularly encouraged, to address the commitment to have 50 per cent female Board members by 2023. Whilst, in order to represent the Cumbria’s diverse economy, the LEP is keen to ensure representations from key sectors, with leaders from advanced manufacturing; the visitor economy and professional services strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications, should be marked ‘Confidential – Governance Appointments’ and emailed to Jo Lappin, Chief Executive at

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday August 26.