Leeds and Partners under review

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Publicly-funded Leeds and Partners’ position is under review, as its chief executive prepares to step down.

The review, involving Leeds City Council, the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Leeds Chamber of Commerce, could see the private company’s activities brought within “existing structures”.

Leeds City Council leader Cllr Keith Wakefield told the Leeds Chamber of Commerce it is “right” to review the organisation’s relationship with city region authorities.

Cllr Wakefield said: “The landscape has changed dramatically in the last three and a half years. It is right to review the appropriate place for Leeds and Partners.”

The company, which receives almost £2m funding from Leeds City Council, this week said chief executive Lurene Joseph is to leave in 2015.

Tom Riordan, chief executive at Leeds City Council, said the review will address Leeds and Partners’ funding and relationship with councils, the LEP and the private sector.

A panel hopes to publish initial conclusions by November.

Mr Riordan said Leeds and Partners “could be brought within existing structures”, but the option of recruiting a new chief executive and retaining a standalone organisation has not yet been ruled out.

Leeds and Partners’ chairman Andy Clarke said: “We have a clear strategy and the right collaborations and networks in place; now is the time to build on this and establish even greater alignment with the regional growth agenda.”

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