Phoebe Dawson announced as new Chief Executive of LLEP

Date posted: March 23, 2023
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Phoebe Dawson – LLEP Chief Executive
  • Incoming CEO offered position after comprehensive recruitment process
  • Currently working as Director of Business Engagement and Partnerships
  • Wide experience with business, inward investment, and stakeholder engagement

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) Board has today announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive.

Phoebe Dawson is due to start in May after being offered the position following a comprehensive recruitment process.

She is now completing the notice period in her current role of Director of Business Engagement and Partnerships at Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP).

Anil Majithia, LLEP Co-Chair, said: “Both myself and the Board are really looking forward to having Phoebe join us as CEO and she will provide excellent leadership at a critical stage.”

Phoebe said: “I am delighted to be joining the high-performing Executive team at LLEP.

“I look forward to working with the Board, our partners, and our stakeholders, to build on the strong reputation of the LLEP, and bring further growth and prosperity to this exciting and innovative region.” 

Phoebe, who is also a Non-Executive Director at Worcestershire Cricket Board, has been a Director at WLEP since 2019.

She shares responsibility for the strategic and operational delivery, as well as delivering the high-performing Worcestershire Growth Hub team, Inward Investment, and stakeholder engagement.

As part of her current role, Phoebe is responsible for both the WLEP Growth Hub and Invest in Worcestershire. She also works closely with local authorities, the business community and partners including the Midlands Engine and the Department for International Trade.

Prior to starting at WLEP, Phoebe spent two years as Chief Executive of Worcester Business Improvement District (BID), developing its vision and providing strategic leadership, as well as day-to-day operational management.

She led the ballot which secured more than £2 million investment for the city and worked with the city council to develop a new brand for the city, Visit Worcester.

Earlier in her career, Phoebe spent two years as Manager of the Worcestershire growth hub, Worcestershire Business Central, leading delivery of BEIS, ERDF and locally funded contracts.

She has also worked in economic and skills development roles at Oxfordshire County Council and Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce.

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