There was supposed to be a meeting yesterday of the leaders of something called the Leeds City Region’s Local Enterprise Partnership.
It’s a committee (or board as they call it) made up of Council leaders from Yorkshire local authorities plus selected top business leaders, other leading public servants and leading social entrepreneurs and leading academics. Not to put too fine a point on it, they are our leaders.
And what do these leaders do?
Well, they take the lead and make decisions and plans on our behalf about lots of the big stuff – strategy, funding, investment, planning and commissioning of economic development and regeneration activities.
On behalf of ALL of us – from Ripon to Pontefract, from Skipton to Barnsley and all points in between.
So what did these leaders discuss yesterday?
Who knows? We don’t even know if they met. The meetings of this public-private board are held in private. No agenda got published.
When will we get to find out what they talked about (the minutes of the meeting)?
Who knows? As Toyah Wilcox used to say, “It’s a mystery”.
As you can see from an earlier rant (that was ignored as comprehensively as this one’s going to be), it’s not an isolated case.
And, to be fair, the Leeds City Region with its myriad inscrutable boards is no worse at communicating with the public than our other public-private partnership leadership organisation, the Leeds Initiative and its myriad inscrutable boards. That is, they’re equally rubbish.
Now I’m sure all the people involved are very nice (and kind to animals) and don’t really hold us in contempt. It’ll be that they’re really up against it. They’ll be understaffed and under-resourced and with tiny communications teams that are struggling with ancient, crap public sector websites…blah-de-blah.
But the fact that communicating with the public (who they’re supposed to be leading) is so low on their agenda (well, it would be if we ever saw one) speaks volumes about them as leaders – and what they understand leadership to entail.