Westminster Social Policy Forum

The future for LEPs: boosting performance, increasing accountability and developing Local Industrial Strategies

Morning, Tuesday, 29th January 2019

Central London


This seminar will discuss the future for Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) following the Strengthened Local Enterprise Partnerships Review which sets out plans to reform accountability and boost performance.

Delegates will assess the implications of the Review - including proposals for revised geographies and plans to improve board diversity, with the aim for women to make up at least one third of LEP boards by 2020 and equal representation by 2023 - and the future role and responsibilities of LEPs.

With the first Local Industrial Strategies due to be agreed with the Government by March 2019 further sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss the future relationship and collaboration between LEPs, combined authorities and wider stakeholders, as well as priorities for developing these local strategies and the future for regional funding post-Brexit.

Keynote Speaker

James Palmer

Mayor, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Keynote Speakers

Stephen Jones

Director, Cities and Local Growth Unit

James Palmer

Mayor, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority


Lord Lucas


Kevin Richardson

Local Growth Consultant, Research England, UKRI

Jacqui McKinlay

Chief Executive, Centre for Public Scrutiny

Dr Philippa Roles

Partner, Field Seymour Parkes and Member, Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Board

Paddy Bradley

Director, Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Bev Hurley

Chair, Institute for Economic Development

Hannah Richmond

Regional Senior Policy Adviser, CBI

Christine Gaskell

Chair, Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership