Governance

Worcestershire LEP has clear Governance arrangements in place to deliver EU and Growth Deal programmes so that the funding the county has received works to deliver the 10-year Strategic Economic Plan.

For any enquiries, please contact the office by emailing enquiries@wlep.co.uk or calling 01905 672700.


WLEP Structure and Board Minutes

FAQs

Worcestershire LEP Assurance Statement

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership prides itself on being an open and transparent organisation.

Our LEP Board is led by a strong private sector Chair supported by a balance of public, private and education sector partners, committed to ensuring that businesses representation is reflective of the local business community.

We recruit Non-Exec Directors to the LEP by informing our extensive network and continuing to turnover our membership as directors’ and representatives’ terms of office come to an end.  This continues to prove positive, as it brings new ideas and energy to the LEP, avoids stagnancy of ideas, and ensures that we are not a ‘club’ for a select few.

We are committed to achieving the targets set out by central government, which include ensuring equal representation of men and women on the WLEP Board by the end of 2022/23.

We recognise that a truly diverse and inclusive LEP will include and make good use of differences in the skills, geographical and industry experience, background, race, gender and other qualities that exist in the Worcestershire economy.

As we look to 2021/22, the organisational structure of the LEP will continue to evolve to suit the thematic priorities of the organisation and enable delivery of the long-term economic strategy, which will be published in early 2021.

The Finance, Audit and Risk (FAR) Committee, a formal standing sub-committee of the WLEP Board, continues to be responsible for the monitoring, audit and risk management functions of the LEP and ensuring compliance with any regulatory frameworks relating to funding or partnership working, including the Memorandum of Understanding with the Accountable Body.

The closer alliance between WLEP and our Growth Hub (Worcestershire Business Central) in 2020/21 will provide timely opportunities to undertake crucial stakeholder engagement with Worcestershire businesses informing development of future policies and interventions and shaping the way the partnership engages with businesses in Worcestershire moving forward; ensuring the county’s businesses have the right platform to exchange knowledge, provide intelligence and support economic recovery and growth.

A key facet of WLEP’s achievements is the effective and trusted relationships developed with partners.  WLEP encourages collaboration and constructive challenge across the partnership to maintain and deliver the high ambitions we collectively hold for the county.  We are active members of the Midlands Engine and National LEP Network.

We continue to be proactive in our approach to Governance and Transparency.  Despite our attendance at the Accountable Body’s Overview and Scrutiny Performance Board in June 2020 being cancelled due to CV-19, we produced our annual report for virtual circulation, ensuring we are held accountable to the local area we serve.

We remain steadfastly committed to continuous improvement and fully recognise that our approach needs to be constantly challenged, tested and revised to ensure that we continue to exceed the expectations placed on us in our use of public sector resources.

Joint Statement from Chair, Mark Stansfeld and CEO, Gary Woodman on 18 January 2021

Project and Programme Delivery

The Worcestershire LEP delivers a variety of projects and programmes for the county. As part of our Governance we update a rolling tracker document which allows you to see the progress, status and timeline for our delivery projects.

You can view this tracker on the link here

Alternatively you can visit our Current Projects page where you can read more about our key programme areas and the deliveries we have made.

WLEP Local Assurance Framework

The Worcestershire LEP Local Assurance framework can be accessed below and is in place to ensure appropriate decision making processes are followed.

Worcestershire LEP Local Assurance Framework (May 2019)

A number of other frameworks are also in place. These can be viewed below:

Worcestershire Local Transport Board Framework 
Skills Capital Assurance Framework
Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

If you have any questions regarding the Local Assurance Framework please contact the team at enquiries@wlep.co.uk 

Declarations of Interest

This policy exists to ensure that any conflicts of interest which may arise in the Worcestershire LEP’s decision-making processes are managed and recorded properly.

This protects the integrity of our decision-making processes, enables stakeholders to have confidence in our decision-making, and protects the reputation of the LEP and members of its boards.

An “interest” may include employment, other appointments (including trusteeships, directorships, elected office), memberships (whether corporate or personal), investments, shareholdings, land and property, intellectual property, customer/client relationships, use of the LEP’s services or anything else which could (or could be perceived to) impact on the member’s ability to act independently. This list is not exhaustive, and the presumption should be in favour of including anything which could conceivably be considered to be an interest, even if it is felt unlikely to arise.

The policy is in two parts:

  • Maintaining a record of all interests
  • Managing potential conflicts of interest

The Worcestershire LEP Board’s and Senior Staff Members’ Declaration of Interests can be viewed here:

Worcestershire LEP Board

Worcestershire LEP Executive team

The Declarations of Interest for each relevant group will be updated each year.

Gifts and Hospitality Register

As part of the declarations of interest for the Worcestershire LEP board, all Board Members have to declare any gifts or hospitality received which are in excess of £50 in value. To supplement this an in-year hospitality register is maintained to cover all gifts or hospitality received irrespective of value.

The latest version of this register can be accessed on the link here.

Annual Financial Statements

The Worcestershire LEP’s 2019/20 Financial Statement is available in the image below and within our latest Annual Report.

The latest Annual Statutory Financial Statements for our accountable body, Worcestershire County Council can be accessed on the link here.

We also have available the Statutory Accounts Update which was presented to the Audit and Governance Committee, this can be viewed on the link here.

Complaints & Whistleblowing

WLEP is committed to dealing with any complaints fairly, impartially, and confidentially, and has set out a clear 3 stage policy for handling complaints.

The WLEP Complaint Policy is available here.

The WLEP Whistleblowing policy is available here.

Section 151 Officer

The current Section 151 Officer at Worcestershire County Council is Michael Hudson (Chief Financial Officer) and his nominee with delegated responsibility for this area is Stephanie Simcox (Head of Finance).