Chairman - West Midlands Growth Company
Birmingham and West Midlands
Salary. Pro Bono, expenses paid

The Role

The purpose of West Midlands Growth Company (WMGC) is to support the creation of new jobs, expansion of existing businesses and attraction of new businesses and investment to the region, aligned to the ambitions set out in the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Strategic Economic Plan.

Formerly Marketing Birmingham, the company was established in April 2017. It continues to operate leisure and business tourism programmes Visit and Meet Birmingham, inward investment programme Business Birmingham and its partnership programme.

The WMGC has been established in partnership with Local Enterprise Partnerships, local authorities, Growth Hubs, universities and a wide range of businesses across the private sector. It focuses its core activities across Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire and the Black Country, with the potential and scope to deliver services in a wider Midlands context.

The WMGC is owned by the WMCA and its Constituent Members, with governance that heavily involves the private sector in the majority. Its core WMCA and local authority funding will be used to attract significant additional funding from the private sector and other sources, such as future Devolution Deals.

We are now focussed on translating our purpose and strategy into tangible outcomes for the region that will deliver economic growth. Investment in the region does not happen by chance. It requires a unique set of skills that the WMGC has spent a long time refining. Whilst the next year is one of transition to its new status, the WMGC recognises the huge opportunity which exists for the company to build and consolidate its position, and the even bigger opportunity for the economic development of the West Midlands region.

The Candidate

This is an exciting and dynamic time both for the West Midlands and for WMGC. We are looking for a Chair of the Board that will bring gravitas, networks, commitment ideas and innovation, together with the strategic experience and leadership required to take the organisation forward.

You will have proven experience at Board level and sound business acumen, combined with strong leadership skills and a commitment and passion for the economic growth and sustainability of the West Midlands.

As Chair you will be responsible for leadership of the WMGC Board, ensuring its effectiveness in all aspects of its role. The Board is responsible for setting strategic direction, providing leadership and supporting the organisation, offering oversight and scrutiny and monitoring performance and corporate governance.

For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners; Marek Dobrowolski on 0121 654 5912 or Ruth Hernandez-Turner on 0121 654 5936.

Closing date for applications: Friday 13th April 2018

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