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 and how they can implement reforms set out in the Strengthened Local Enterprise Partnerships review to reform their leadership, governance and accountability.

Delegates will assess the priorities for the £9bn Growth Deals, including delivering investment priorities and creating opportunities for businesses and communities. They will also discuss the way forward for developing local industrial strategies to promote productivity and set out a long-term economic vision.

Further sessions will consider proposals for revised geographies for LEP boundaries, including removing overlapping boundaries, delivering on the mandate for transparent appointing for new chairs and improving board diversity - with the aim for women to make up at least one third of LEP boards by 2020 with an expectation of equal representation by 2023 - and achieving greater collaboration and engagement between LEPs, Combined Mayoral Authorities, local authorities, government and local stakeholders.

Keynote Speakers

Stephen Jones

Director, Cities and Local Growth Unit

James Palmer

Mayor, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority


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