TES Terms of Reference Appendix C

TES Chair Role Specification

Team East Sussex (TES) Chair

  • Volunteer: expenses paid.
  • Time commitment: 4-5 days per month.
  • Initial length of tenure: up to 2 years.

Role description

  • Take the lead role in TES in driving the development and growth of the economy within the county of East Sussex.
  • Provide rigorous leadership in the Chairing and development of TES, which comprises both public and private sector Leaders, to ensure a commonality of goals and purpose.
  • Take a lead role in the promotion of the interests of East Sussex and work/negotiate with key influencers across Government, within SELEP and with local stakeholders, particularly with the private sector.

Experience and Attributes

  • A successful track record operating in the private sector.
  • A proven track record of leadership and/or Chair skills with experience of chairing well-managed, inclusive meetings, ensuring all members’ views are taken into account and a consensus and clarity of outcomes are achieved.
  • A well-developed leadership profile, with the ability to operate as a high-profile ambassador across East Sussex, the SELEP region and nationally, with a range of stakeholders.
  • A strong understanding and experience of driving economic growth with a focus on East Sussex.
  • Proven ability to articulate and implement strategies and plans and to give passionate leadership to their execution.

Personal style, skills and characteristics

  • A respected figure from the private sector with personal authority commensurate with the task.
  • An ability to articulate strategies and plans and to work with key decision makers and influencers on a local, regional and national basis.
  • A natural ambassador, an effective high-level networker and a strong advocate for East Sussex.
  • A honed public speaker with presence, good media and communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to provide leadership to TES and generate enthusiasm for its aims. An engaging leader, diplomat, ideas-person and a good listener.
  • Experienced political antennae.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a cross-sectoral team in which colleagues work cooperatively with each other, accepting collective responsibility.

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