Local action groups
A local action group (LAG) is made up of people from the local community and the local public and private sector.
Northumberland Coast and Lowlands LEADER has a LAG made up of public and private partners including representatives from different socio-economic sectors. The LAG plays an important role in encouraging innovative responses to old and new rural problems and helps to build local capabilities
- LAGs must include partners from different sections of the local community: public sector, private sector and civil society, as well as important sectors such as farming and forestry.
- LAGs must have a mix of public / private and socio-economic interests, and with no single interest group having more than 49% of voting rights.
- The LAG, as a decision making body, aims at being gender balanced with fair representation of the specific target groups addressed by the LDS, such as young people, ethnic minorities, disadvantaged people, vulnerable groups.
- LAG members must also have the appropriate competencies and skills to generate and support development activity.
How local action groups work
LAGs decide which projects they will fund in their area. This depends on their priorities but all projects must support one or more of the six LEADER priorities. These are to:
- support micro and small businesses and farm diversification
- boost rural tourism
- increase farm productivity
- increase forestry productivity
- provide rural services
- provide cultural and heritage activities
Coast and Lowlands LEADER - Executive members
- Ross Lowrie (Chair)
- Alex Wallace (Vice Chair)
- Guy Renner-Thompson (NCC Representative)
- Richard Waters
- Ross Weddle
- Philip Angier
- Angus Collingwood-Cameron
- Simon Cox
- Julien Lake
- Jean Orr
- Iain Robson
- Robert Brotherton
- Louis Fell
- Carron Craighead
- Ian Moyes
Coast and Lowlands LEADER – LAG members
- Carole Moyes
- Nic Best
- Brenda Fordy Scott