We are committed to ensuring our investment decisions are transparent and accountable. On this page, you can find information relating to the North East LEP’s governance structure.
About the North East Local Enterprise Partnership
The North East Local Enterprise Partnership brings together business leaders, universities and elected members of the North East Leadership Board. It is the fourth largest local enterprise partnership in the UK, covering the local authority areas of County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland.
The enterprise partnership is a business-led, strategic partnership responsible for promoting and developing economic growth in the area.
You can download a copy of the North East LEP constitution here (PDF doc.).
The North East Combined Authority
The North East Combined Authority provides the formal accountability arrangements for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership. For information on the North East Combined Authority, please visit www.northeastca.gov.uk
The financial accounts for the North East LEP can be viewed on the North East Combined Authority (NECA) website.
The Internal Audit Report 2016 – 2017 can be found here.
The North East Local Enterprise Partnership area covers County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland. The North East LEP Board includes 18 representatives from across the private and public sectors. Each of the leaders and the elected Mayor representing the seven councils are members of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, and the Chair of the enterprise partnership is a member of the Combined Authority.
The North East LEP Board is chaired by Andrew Hodgson, chief executive officer of Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD).
Find out about the members of the North East LEP Board here.
Download the Board Members’ Register of Interests here.
In addition to our Board, we have three advisory boards who are responsible for driving delivery of the Strategic Economic Plan.
Business Growth Board
The Business Growth Board has been created to oversee and advise on programme implementation and development.
With the aim of driving new thinking around business support services, products and processes for growth and acceleration, the Business Growth Board brings together ambitious business representatives with members of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership Board and representatives from area’s universities and colleges.
With a business base in the North East, members of the Business Growth Board not only have strong experience and ambitions for growth in their businesses, but also share our commitment to making it easier for businesses to access the support they need.
Find out about the members of our Business Growth Board here.
The Innovation Board brings together local and national innovation expertise and know-how.
Find out about the members of our Innovation Board here.
Details of the roles and responsibilities of our Innovation Board can be found here.
Employment and Skills Board
Our Employment and Skills Board gives strategic leadership and direction on the skills programme of the Strategic Economic Plan.
It brings together key stakeholders working in skills and employment in the North East.
The Board includes representatives from our Board, the North East Combined Authority, universities, colleges and local business representatives.
Find out about the members of our Employment and Skills Board here.
The North East LEP Investment Panel advises the North East LEP Board on final decisions about funding applications. This is a private sector-led body and includes members from our North East LEP Board and from the business community.
Further details of our Investment Panel can be found here.
Technical Steering Group
The core role of the Technical Steering Group is to assess new project grant funding applications and to agree recommendations to the North East LEP Board and thereafter monitor the performance of all projects approved by the Board.
Details of the roles and responsibilities of our Technical Steering Group can be found here.
Agendas, Minutes and Board Papers
Keep up to date with key decisions and the LEP’s progress by downloading the papers and minutes from Board meetings held during the last two years.
- North East LEP Agenda March 2017
- North East LEP Board Papers January 2017
- North East LEP Board Papers November-2016
- Board Minutes November 2016
- North East LEP Board Papers September 2016
- Board minutes September 2016
- North East LEP Board Agenda and Papers July 2016
- Board Minutes July 2016
- North East LEP Board Agenda and Papers May 2016
- Board Minutes May 2016
- Board Minutes April 2016
- Board Minutes January 2016
- Board Minutes November 2015
- Board Minutes September 24, 2015
- Board Minutes September 16, 2015
- Board Minutes July 2015
- Board Minutes May 2015
- Board Minutes March 2015
- Board Minutes January 2015
- Board Minutes November 2014
- Board Minutes September 2014
The Strategic Economic Plan
In March 2014, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership published its Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) for the North East.
Detailing how the North East economy can, and will, grow in the coming years, the SEP is the region’s road map to economic success, outlining how we can create an extra 100,000 more and better jobs by 2024.
Because of the changing economic climate and in light of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, the North East LEP – in partnership with the North East Combined Authority – took the decision in 2016 to refresh parts of the SEP, reflecting on new evidence relating to the region’s economic position and evolving public policy environment. You can read the new Strategic Economic Plan here.
Our Business Plan sets out our delivery priorities between April 2016 and March 2017.
Read our Annual Review, detailing our progress and achievements.
Read the North East LEP’s Assurance Framework here.
Transport Assurance Framework
Read the North East Combined Authority Transport Assurance Framework
Our complaints policy is available to download here: North East LEP Complaints Procedure 2016 (Word document).
Freedom of information
For more details on how we respond to Freedom of Information requests, view our document here.
We have commissioned and produced a number of publications to support our work. These can be viewed here.
If you can’t find what you are looking for on this page, please do get in touch. You can call us on (0191) 338 7420 or email [email protected]