Non-executive Chair sought for Hereford Enterprise Zone

Hereford Enterprise Zone Ltd is seeking to appoint a non-Executive Chair from the private sector to take a strategic lead in taking its business forward.

Following a successful bid from the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, Enterprise Zone status was awarded to Skylon Park in 2011, covering over 100 acres of employment land at Rotherwas in Hereford.  The Company was created to take the work of the Zone forward, connecting the land owners into the wider supporting partnership, including the business community.

The Zone has established itself and is proving a success.  Over 26 acres have been sold, representing 12 investments with 2 direct developments altogether totalling 300,000 sq ft of new workspace already built or under development.  More sales are in negotiation.

This is a unique opportunity to lead the Enterprise Zone and to act as an Ambassador to promote its work to prospective clients and partners.  The Chair will make a significant contribution to encouraging further inward investment and identifying new opportunities, maintaining and promoting strategic relationships with key stakeholder partners, including membership of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership Board.

The Chair will be a highly respected individual with a proven track record in the business community, passionate about the future economic well-being of Herefordshire and able to provide dynamic, high profile leadership for the Zone.  A knowledge of or background in commercial property would be valuable, but this should not be a deterrent to otherwise suitably qualified candidates.

The appointment will be for a period of 3 years.  The commitment is expected to be approximately 2 - 3 days per month and is not remunerated.  Travel expenses will be met if required.

The appointment will run from 1 January 2018, with the expectation of a hand over in the autumn of 2017 as the current Chair prepares to step down at the end of a successful full term.

A candidate’s pack can be obtained from the Enterprise Zone Managing Director on 07792 880248 or by emailing mark@skylonpark.co.uk

Completed submissions should be returned by 5.00pm on 31 July 2017.