Carol Botten, VONNE's Chief Executive, has been appointed to the Board of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP).
Carol is among three new appointments to the NELEP Board announced today (January 14th, 2020), and will play an active role in helping deliver the North East Strategic Economic Plan, as well as ensuring the views of the regional VCSE sector are well represented.
Carol has been CEO of VONNE since September 2018 following four years as Deputy CEO. With almost 25 years’ experience in the voluntary and community sector, Carol is passionate about supporting the sector’s leadership and governance capabilities and developing new programmes and projects to increase organisations’ sustainability and resilience. She's a member of the North East Skills Advisory Panel, as well as a member of Northern Powergrid’s Social Issues Expert Group and Stakeholder Panel, the North East Brexit Group and the Cabinet Office’s National Leadership programme.
She said: “I'm delighted to have been selected to represent the VCSE sector on the North East Local Enterprise Partnership Board. I've worked closely with the organisation for a number of years as a member of the Skills Advisory Panel and on recent refreshes of the North East Strategic Economic Plan, so I have a strong understanding of the LEP, its role and key strategies for the region.
“I look forward to developing that relationship further and advocating for the role that VCSE organisations have to play in the economic development of the region and to encourage an inclusive approach, to ensure all communities and individuals can benefit from economic development activities.”
The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP) is a public, private and education sector partnership that works with businesses, partners and stakeholders in the region to deliver the North East Strategic Economic Plan, growing a more productive, inclusive and sustainable regional economy.