Private sector leadership – the Local Enterprise Partnership

Private sector leadership of our economic agenda is critical to our success. In Sheffield City Region this leadership comes through the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The LEP brings together business leaders and local politicians to make decisions that drive economic growth and create new jobs. The Board is made up of 19 members – ten business leaders and nine local authority leaders, including the Mayor of Doncaster. The LEP works in partnership with the Combined Authority to support the public sector decision-making process.

The LEP provides the strategic direction for Sheffield City Region, as custodian of the Strategic Economic Plan it sets out the economic blueprint for how we will grow our economy. The LEP Board are represented by the LEP Chair on the Combined Authority.

To ensure that the LEP accesses a wide network of businesses to inform its strategy development a number of Sector Groups have been established. These groups operate independently of the Local Enterprise Partnership but are a key sounding board for the development of our economic strategy.


The Sheffield City Region LEP recognises the importance of good governance arrangements and transparency, and strives to ensure the highest standards of stewardship of public money. To support the LEP in achieving these standards the following policies and procedures have been agreed as draft –

Decision Making

Whilst the Combined Authority is the Accountable Body for a ‘Single Pot’ of funding, comprising:

the devolution deal funds;
Local Growth Funds;
and the devolution deals’s multi-year transport settlement

the LEP is responsible for setting strategic direction on economic growth. It follows the ‘Single Pot’ Assurance Framework (Link) in relation to decision making on investments for the City Region.

The LEP Board meets on a six weekly cycle. Papers for these meetings are published 5 working days prior to each meeting and are available here –

SCR LEP Board Agenda March 2017

SCR LEP Board Agenda April 2017

SCR LEP Agenda Pack 12th June 2017

SCR LEP Board Agenda Pack 17th July 2017

SCR LEP Board Agenda Pack 11th September 2017

SCR LEP Board Agenda Pack 9th November 2017

SCR LEP Board Agenda Pack 18th December 2017

Details and minutes of LEP Board meetings, prior to March 2017, are filed on our partner South Yorkshire Joint Authorities website. To read past LEP board minutes and other related documents visit and follow the links to the LEP Board page.


Private Sector Board Members

Sir Nigel Knowles, LEP Chair
Chairman of DWF

Nigel Knowles

Nigel Brewster, Vice LEP Chair
Partner of Brewster Pratap Recruitment Consultants

Nigel Brewster

Gavin Baldwin
Group CEO – Club Doncaster

Gavin Baldwin

Laura Bennett
Specialist in entrepreneurship and the digital economy

Sir Keith Burnett
Vice Chancellor at The University of Sheffield

Keith Burnett

Simon Carr (co-opted member)
Managing Director, Henry Boot Construction

Alexa Greaves
Chief Executive, AAG IT managed services company

Professor Chris Husbands (co-opted member)
Vice Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University

Julie Kenny CBE
Chairman of Robson Handling Technology

Neil MacDonald
Former Master Cutler who holds a range of non-executive directorships

Martin McKervey
Partner at CMS


Owen Michaelson
Chief Executive, Harworth Group

Chris Scholey (co-opted member)
Chair of Sheffield City Region Trade and Investment Board

Richard Stubbs

Chief Executive, Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network


Public Sector Board Members

Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE
Leader of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Chair of Sheffield City Region Combined Authority

Cllr Stephen Houghton

Cllr Tricia Gilby
Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council
Vice Chair of Sheffield City Region Combined Authority

Cllr Simon Greaves
Leader of Bassetlaw District Council

Cllr Simon Greaves

Cllr Ann Syrett
Leader of Bolsover District Council


Mayor Ros Jones CBE
Mayor of Doncaster

Cllr Ros Jones

Cllr Lewis Rose OBE
Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council

Cllr Lewis Rose

Cllr Graham Baxter MBE
Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council

Cllr Graham Baxter 2

Cllr Chris Read
Leader of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Chris read 2

Cllr Julie Dore
Leader of Sheffield City Council

Cllr Julie Dore

Register of LEP members interests

Individual Members’ Register of Interests can be viewed by clicking on the name of the relevant Board Member on the here:

LEP Board members page –