Expression of Interests for LEO Kildare EVAC


Expression of Interests for LEO Kildare EVAC

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 has a network of Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) around the country. The 31 LEOs are the first-stop-shop for all entrepreneurs and existing micro and small businesses, delivering an enhanced and integrated support service.

The LEOs provide support services to all local micro and small businesses including start-up companies and micro enterprise companies seeking to expand. Qualifying businesses being considered for financial support will be evaluated by an Evaluation and Approvals Committee.

Kildare County Council is now inviting expressions of interest from persons interested in being appointed to the Evaluation and Approvals Committee. The LEO Kildare Evaluation Committee consists of Peter Carey, CEO of Kildare County Council as Chair; a representative from Enterprise Ireland; and up to five individuals with specific areas of business expertise. There is no remuneration attached to the positions.

In considering the composition of the Committee, Kildare County Council will give due consideration to principles of broad equality and gender balance. In making any appointments to this Committee, Kildare County Council 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;
  • 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.

The specific skill sets the candidate would bring to the assessment of investment proposals would be of particular interest.  The 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

Application Form

Closing Date: 12.00 noon on Friday, 07th April 2017

Application Form of Expressions of interest and CV should be sent by e-mail to by 12.00 noon on Friday, 07 April 2017, 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.

Kildare County Council will acknowledge receipt of such applications and inform applicants in due course of their decision in relation to the appointments.

Kildare County Council will appoint 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. (This may be subject to change upon subsequent review of the existing SLA).

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