Evaluation and Approvals Committee Recruitment

Local Enterprise Office, Kildare County Council

- Evaluation and Approvals Committee Recruitment

Public Call for expression of interest from suitably qualified and experienced individuals to serve on the Evaluation and Approvals Committee of the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Kildare

Recognising the importance of micro and small businesses to the Irish economy, the Government launched a network of Local Enterprise Offices around the country in 2014. These business support units are the first-stop-shop for all entrepreneurs and existing micro and small businesses to deliver an enhanced and integrated support service.

They ensure a more cohesive provision of support services to all local micro and small businesses including start-up companies and micro enterprise companies seeking to expand. Qualifying projects being considered for financial support are evaluated by an Evaluation and Approvals Committee chaired by the Director of Services, Economic Development and Planning.

Kildare County Council is now inviting expressions of interest from persons interested in being appointed to the LEO Evaluations and Approvals Committee. The Evaluation Committees consist of CE Kildare County Council , a representative from Enterprise Ireland and a number of  individuals with specific areas of business expertise and meet a  min of 8 times a year for approx two hours . There is no remuneration attached to the position.

In considering the composition of the Committee, the Local Authority will give due consideration to principles of broad equality and gender balance. In making any appointments to this committee, the Local Authority will not necessarily be confined to those who make such expressions of interest but will ensure that all of those appointed have the relevant mix of knowledge and expertise to contribute to the Committee.

Prospective Members should have:

  • Experience in assessing financial proposals and an ability to challenge company submissions and Business Plans .
  • Broad business experience and a clear ability to empathise with challenges facing micro and small enterprises.
  • The ability to demonstrate their understanding and experience in the micro and small enterprise sectors.

of particular interest is what specific skill sets the candidate would bring in assessing investment proposals and candidates should set out clearly their expertise in the following:

  • Entrepreneurship.
  • Debt/banking and/or cash-flow management expertise.
  • Equity and/or investment expertise.
  • Financial and/or business qualifications.
  • Business development.
  • Marketing/Sales/Sectors.
  • Technology.

Expressions of interest should be sent by e-mail to Jmcnabb@kildarecoco.ie by 7th May   2021 and should, based on the above, provide a brief outline of skills, competencies and qualifications and a short statement outlining why s/he wishes to be considered for a position on this Committee. The Local Authority will acknowledge receipt of such applications and inform applicants in due course of the decision in relation to the appointment.

The Authority will appointment members for a maximum period of three years in accordance with the provisions of the agreed Service Level Agreement between the Local Authority and Enterprise Ireland.

All expressions of interest lapse at the end of two calendar years.