LEO Louth is seeking experienced individuals for its Evaluation and Approvals Committee

Public Call for expressions of interest from suitable qualified and experienced individuals to serve on the Evaluation and Approvals Committee of Local Enterprise Office Louth

In recognition of the importance of micro and small business to the Irish economy, the Government has established a network of Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) located in each Local Authority in Ireland. The LEO delivers a service level agreement on behalf of Enterprise Ireland, and is the State’s First Stop Shop for all entrepreneurs and existing micro and small businesses seeking information and support on starting or growing a business. Its role is to drive the development of local enterprise, putting local micro and small business at the heart of job creation. 

Qualifying projects being considered for financial support are evaluated by an Evaluation and Approvals Committee chaired by a designate of the Chief Executive of Louth County Council.

Louth County Council is now inviting expressions of interest from persons interested in being appointed to the Evaluation and Approvals Committee. The Committee consists of a designate of the Chief Executive of Louth County Council as Chair; a representative of Enterprise Ireland; and five individuals with specific areas of expertise to contribute to the Committee.

Following an initial assessment, a reserve panel will be formed to replace members from time to time.

There is no remuneration attached to the positions

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

Of particular interest is the specific skill sets the candidate will 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 email to applications@leo.louthcoco.ie by 5.00pm on Friday, 15th June 2018 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. Louth County Council will acknowledge receipt of applications and inform applicants in due course in due course of the decision in relation to the appointments.

Louth County Council will appointment members for an initial period of three years in accordance with the provisions of the agreed Service Level Agreement between Louth County Council and Enterprise Ireland.

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