DORSET Local Enterprise Partnership – which recently won £66m in government funding to improve the county’s infrastructure – is looking for board members.

The partnership (LEP) is charged with delivering growth, innovation and business enterprise across the area. It needs business leaders to join its voluntary board, contributing to its strategic role and advising on policy and delivery.

LEPs are the government’s preferred way to direct grants to the regions.

The Dorset LEP recently won money under the government’s Growth Deal for a package including a major rebuild of the A338 Spur Road, improvements to junctions around Bournemouth Airport and improvements to access for the Port of Poole.

The Growth Deal announcement was expected to create 2,500 jobs.

Lorna Gibbons, director of Dorset LEP, said: “This is a really exciting time for the LEP, after being awarded the £66m growth deal with the Government.

“We are looking for people who understand and care about Dorset and can help the Dorset LEP achieve its task of creating jobs and growth for the region.”

The LEP brings business people together with council leaders and representatives from further education. The board posts are voluntary, non-executive positions requiring a commitment up to the equivalent of two days a month, with a three-year maximum term.

Gordon Page, former chairman of Cobham PLC, is the board’s current chairman and also its advanced engineering and manufacturing champion. Philip Warr of property and construction consultants PH Warr PLC is deputy chair and champion for the property and construction sectors.

The deadline is September 8. Details at