GBSLEP Chairman Tim Pile to stand down in November

GBSLEP Chairman Tim Pile to stand down in November

23 Sep 2021

Tim Pile, Chair of Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership has announced that he will step down from his role as Chairman in November. Anita Bhalla will step in as Interim Chair until next year.

Anita Bhalla, Non-Executive Board Director of GBSLEP said: “Tim has led GBSLEP with integrity, dedication and commitment over the last four years. His work in bringing together business, local government and academic partners has resulted in investments that have boosted the region’s economy. Before the pandemic hit, our economy had grown twice that of the average major English city-regions since 2010 – a phenomenal achievement."

 “Shortly after the first national lockdown last year, Tim steered the Board and Executive into taking swift action to mitigate the immediate impact of the pandemic on businesses across the region. As well as his clear direction he also kept GBSLEP on track to deliver core commitments and capital investments. His outlook and ambition have put GBSLEP in the strong position of playing a role in economic recovery based on locally led business intelligence – a remarkable achievement in unprecedented times."

“I know leaving GBSLEP has been a difficult decision. On behalf of the Board and Executive, I would like to thank him for his incredible contribution in driving inclusive economic growth across the region.”

Email from Tim Pile to staff and stakeholders

A message from Tim Pile, Chair of Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership

This morning I have announced that I shall be stepping down from my duties as Chair of GBSLEP for personal reasons.  The decision to go has not been an easy one, especially given my profound commitment to the excellent work that the GBSLEP does and the huge difference it makes. I will continue my role until the end of November to ensure there is a smooth transition at the Annual General Meeting and Conference.

Anita Bhalla, who has been a long-time board member for GBSLEP will take over as interim Chair of GBSLEP at our AGM on 24 November and a recruitment process will get underway for a permanent successor to be in place by next March. I will also be resigning from my other roles.

It has been a huge honour and privilege to serve the region over the last four years alongside GBSLEP’s dedicated Board members who give their time and expertise to drive inclusive economic growth across the region. Of course, our work has built on the excellent foundations laid by Andy Street, GBSLEP’s first Chair, past Board directors and our Chief Executive Katie Trout who has been with the organisation since it was established 10 years ago.

I would also like thank the past and current Executive Team who have worked tirelessly to fulfil GBSLEP’s vision of creating the best city-region by devising and delivering projects that create jobs and better places for all of us to work and live in. I am particularly proud of the way in which GBSLEP has continued to deliver on its core commitment of accelerating growth in priority sectors whilst delivering capital projects throughout the pandemic. As well as this, within weeks of the first national lockdown, a Covid 19 Taskforce was formed and our Step Forward programme started delivering bespoke packages of help for businesses in response to economic shock of the pandemic.

All this has been made possible thanks to our unique triple helix structure; bringing public, private and academic sectors together to make joined up decisions. GBSLEP’s rapid response to Covid 19 reflects our uniqueness and strength in convening partners which enables us to move at speed to create solutions and interventions with agility and collaboration. There is simply no other organisation that does this at a local and regional level.

Our partnership work has enabled accelerated regeneration in the city-region. Since 2010, the government has awarded GBSLEP £562 million to invest in a range of projects to grow the local economy. These include transport infrastructure, skills development, business support, innovation, and cultural and creative assets. GBSLEP is on course to secure more than £817 million of additional public and private investments. Add in our Enterprise Zone Investment and revenue projects and we forecast £1.6 billion will have been invested into our regional economy by 2045.  Crucially, this spend will leverage £4.7 billion of investment from the public and private sector. So, for every £1 we have invested £3 will have been generated in public and private investment – an incredible achievement. I am proud of the way in which we have all come together to enable this.  Over 113, 000 jobs will have been created by the time projects are completed and over 5400 businesses have so far been helped by GBSLEP Growth Hub. 

As you may know, the government is reviewing the role of LEPs and I firmly believe that we have a critical role to play in the government’s Plan for Growth and Ten Point Plan, Green Industrial Revolution and Levelling Up. The outcome of the LEP review will be published later this year will give the successor to the role of GBLEP Chairperson an opportunity to shape the organisation as it moves into its next phase. I am equally certain that the GBSLEP will continue to deliver brilliantly, playing its part in driving inclusive economic growth, based on its core characteristics of being business led, profoundly collaborative, agile, apolitical and with a bias to implementation based on local insight.

Together we can continue to build upon the fantastic work that has already been carried out. As we adjust to a new post pandemic normal it is upon all of us to ensure the right investments are made to drive economic recovery for the good of our citizens and our society.

So, thank you for what you have done, and for what you will do, to continue to drive inclusive economic growth.


Tim Pile, Chair GBSLEP

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