About Wakefield first

The role of Wakefield first is to ensure local economic development and coordination between the public and private sectors. first organises events and provides support to companies investing within the district as well as providing on-going assistance to the existing business community.

Role of the board:

· Provide a focus for considering city regional, national and international issues

·  Influence decision making and policy to the benefit of the Wakefield economy

·  Promote the district as a place to invest

· Provide a conduit to engage with the wider business community on key issues

· To hold Wakefield Council to account focussing on local economic drivers

Role and duties of the Chair:

·  The role of the Chair is to lead and manage the affairs of the Board

·  The role of the Chair is to work closely with Wakefield Council’s Economic Development Service and other delivery partners

·    Ensure the strategic vision is implemented

·    In exercising this role the Chair has certain duties to perform:

  •  Chair Board meetings, chair key networking event throughout the year, represent the WEP Board as appropriate and update the Board on appropriate activities
  •  Ensure a full and effective Board representing all key stakeholders

first is committed to:


Business Support




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