The role of the Harlow Growth Board
The Harlow Growth Board is a partnership of key stakeholders
from the public, private and third sector which have a strong
presence in Harlow.
Board will represent the Harlow District Council Local Authority
area and its potential as part of the wider UK Innovation
The Growth Board will have the oversight of and
provide strategic direction for the town’s growth and
prosperity. It is the vehicle through which the vision and strategy
for the town is created. This strategy
will set out the future for Harlow over the short, medium and
longer term. It will support the development of and implementation
of a Town Investment Plan (TIP) which will be submitted as part of
the MHCLG Towns Fund.
It will also be the strategic partnership to
coordinate the range of projects that are due to take place within
Harlow over the coming years, including the relocation of Public
Health England, regeneration of the Town Centre, the delivery of
the Harlow Science Park and Enterprise Zone, Harlow and
Gilston Garden Town and the provision
of the new Princes Alexander Hospital.
functions of the Board are to:
Act as a forum to work collectively to provide the
vision and strategic direction to drive the long term economic
growth and prosperity of the town;
Provide insight from its members from different
perspectives to support the development and growth of the town
ensuring it is a vibrant, attractive and sustainable place to live
Create a pipeline of potential projects that will
help deliver the Board’s agreed vision and strategy ready to
take advantage of funding and opportunities as and when they
Develop and oversee the delivery of the evidence
based Town Investment Plan (TIP) as part of the MCLG Towns Fund bid
and monitor its implementation;
Support the effective engagement of key stakeholders
in the work of the Board including the delivery of the Town
Investment P and Towns Fund;
Work together and coordinate resources to maximise
the benefits that can be achieved from the major projects seeking
synergy and mutual benefits at all times;
Act as advocates for Harlow at local, regional and
national levels to secure investment in the town;
Enable government at all levels to align their
investments policies and decisions to maximise the benefits helping
to ensure coherence and avoid overlap;
Participate and lead on undertaking stakeholder and
community engagement to ensure a sense of ownership of the delivery
of the Board’s objectives and work programme;
Act as critical friends to the development and
implementation of major projects within Harlow to ensure the best
outcomes are achieved for the town.
Board is made up of standing members comprising:
An independent chair from the private
The local MP for Harlow
The Leader of Harlow Council
Portfolio Holder for Economic Development
Chief Executive, of Harlow District
Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Essex
Director of Sustainable Growth, Essex County
A representative of the South East Local Enterprise
A representative from Public Health
A representative from Princess Alexandra
A representative of the CCG
A representative of Harlow College
Chair of the Harlow Gilston Garden Town Board
A representative from Department for Business,
Energy & Industrial Strategy
A representative from the LSCC Innovation
A representative of Rainbow
Chair of the Harlow Arts Trust
Chair of BMAT Trust
A DWP representative
Chair of Harlow Chamber of Commerce
Representatives from large businesses that have a
base within Harlow
Board members may send substitutes to individual meetings and
must let the secretariat chair know in writing 3 days before the
meeting. However, substitutes may not vote.
Subgroups and Task and finish groups will need to be set up for
specific projects/opportunities going forward and Board members
will need to delegate appropriately to these.
limited number of supporting officers may attend the Growth Board
meetings but may not speak (unless presenting) or vote at the
Meetings shall usually be held on a bi-monthly basis. Meetings
may be called as and when required to ensure that critical
timescales are met.
decisions shall be made at any Board meeting unless a quorum is
present. The quorum shall be eight
Where a decision is required the Board shall try to reach a
consensus view. Where this is not
possible there will be a vote.
Board member shall have one vote, supporting officers from the
organisations listed above can attend meetings but do not have a
Chair shall have a second or casting vote.
Harlow District Council, as Lead Council, will provide a
secretariat function which will involve organising meetings,
preparing and circulating agendas and producing minutes.
Agendas and accompanying reports shall be published at least 5
clear working days in advance of a meeting and sent to all members
of the Board.
Agendas and reports will be published on Harlow District
Council’s website unless it is agreed by the Chair that these
items are of a confidential nature.
Minutes of all meetings will be public documents.
Board Members Conduct
Board members are expected to adhere to the Nolan
Declarations of Interest
Members recognise that it is essential that the business of the
Board is conducted in an open and transparent manner.
Members must therefore declare a personal interest in any item
on the agenda.
Declaration involves stating the interest and the nature of the
interest. Once the interest is
declared, then a Member may speak on the item but must not vote on
Roles and Responsibilities
The role of the Chair is to lead the Board in
delivering its objectives and work programme
The key responsibilities of the post are
Effectively chair meetings of the Board, leading it
towards decisions that ensure the strategic vision and key
objectives of the Board are delivered.
Provide strategic leadership and direction to ensure
that the Board achieves its goals
Lead the efforts of the Board to develop, agree and
implement a Town Investment Plan for Harlow
Ensure that the Board always adheres to high
standards of ethics and governance.
Ensure the active participation and engagement of
all Board members. Exert a casting vote in Board decisions if
circumstances so require
duties and responsibilities of a Board member are to:
Attend meetings of the Board and to nominate an
appropriate named alternative where attendance is not
Actively support the role and functions of the
Contribute knowledge and expertise to the
discussions of the Board and to work collaboratively to support the
delivery of the Boards objectives including the successful delivery
of the TIP.
To be an effective advocate for Harlow at local,
regional and national level working effectively with partners and
participate in subgroups and task and finish groups of the Board as
Changes to the Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference of the Board may be amended by the Board at any
meeting subject to a majority vote.