Recruitment to the Borderlands Economic Forum

Members of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Economy and Resource (E&R) Committee, 30 Jan, will hear details on the process being used for the selection of members to the Borderlands Economic Forum and the structure of the Forum.




 The Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal is a unique collaboration that brings together the five cross-border local authorities - Carlisle City Council, Cumbria County Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Northumberland County Council and Scottish Borders Council.

 As part of the formal governance structure of the Borderlands Deal, the Partnership Board agreed to establish an Economic Forum to enable the private sector to contribute to the further development and delivery of the Deal.

 The Economic Forum will have 14 members made up of 10 from the private sector with 2 from each local authority area and 4 additional places with 2 reserved for LEP representatives and 2 reserved for South of Scotland Enterprise or other Scottish body. All members of the Forum will have the same voting rights. However, given that the chair of the Forum will serve on the Partnership Board, only the 10 representatives appointed directly by the partner councils shall be eligible to be appointed as the chair or vice- chair of the Forum.

 The 10 private sector places will be advertised on the Borderlands website, ,  and through additional publicity. Applicants will be separated by geography and passed to each of the partner councils who will create its own short list and arrange interviews. Every effort will be made to recruit one male and one female member from each council area. Once each local authority has selected, names will be submitted to the Partnership Board for approval and to confirm the appointments. The Forum will appoint its own chair and vice-chair to serve on the Partnership Board.

 Chair of Dumfries and Galloway’s Economy and Resources Committee, Rob Davidson said: “It’s currently early days, and Members at this committee are being asked to approve the interview and selection process,  but I would encourage all those who are interested to apply for one of these places when they become available. We need the best people to bring their experience and help shape our region’s economic future.”

 Vice Chair, Archie Dryburgh said: “Interested individuals should check local press and the Borderlands website so they don’t miss these great opportunities. Make sure you are involved and have your voice heard.”