12 Jun 2024

D2N2 LEP staff team joins the East Midlands Combined County Authority

Picture of East Midlands mayor Claire Ward and D2N2 LEP staff

The D2N2 LEP staff team has joined the East Midlands Combined County Authority (EMCCA).  Prior to the move to EMCCA, D2N2 staff were employed by the Chamber since 2010.

D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) was established in 2010, alongside over 30 other LEPs across the country, with the purpose of driving local economic development in the  region. As part of the devolution deal agreed with government that established EMCCA, the LEP’s board agreed that its staff team and functions would be incorporated into the EMCCA to deliver a unified approach to tackling the region’s challenges.

A unified approach to delivering growth in the East Midlands

The move means that all 20 LEP staff have now joined the EMCCA to support the work to improve the lives of everyone living and working in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, through delivering improvements in transport, housing, skills and adult education and net zero.

On 11th June the LEP team joined EMCCA colleagues at Derby City Council’s offices for an interactive onboarding session covering EMCCA’s strategic framework, delivery plan and core values of the organisation. East Midlands Mayor Claire Ward attended the session.

Mark Rogers, Interim Chief Executive of EMCCA said: “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome LEP staff to the EMCCA. It’s an important step forward in growing organisational capacity and supporting our devolution journey that’s seen powers move from Westminster to the East Midlands where we can make the right decisions for the people we serve.

“The move means the expertise, knowledge and experience that supports business growth, investment opportunities and partnership working is in one place where we can make a real difference to our region.”

Will Morlidge, Chief Executive of D2N2 LEP said: “I’m delighted that the LEP team is joining the Combined Authority. We’re extremely proud of the work we’ve done over the last 13 years and joining the EMCCA means that across a whole range of issues we can do more, even bigger, even better things that support our region.”

The D2N2 Board, which provides strategic leadership for the LEP, will be in place until the end of this year.