Do you have what it takes to drive forward economic growth in Swindon & Wiltshire?

By Anita Jaynes on 24 February, 2020

The SWLEP is recruiting a new Chair

The current Chair of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP), John Mortimer, is set to retire from his role and the SWLEP is on the look-out for a new Chair to lead its activities at an exciting and strategically important time for the area. 

The position of Chair is a high-profile voluntary role that will give the right person genuine influence on the prosperity and future development of Swindon and Wiltshire. 

About the SWLEP

The SWLEP is a partnership between Swindon Borough Council, Wiltshire Council and a wide range of private sector organisations. It has a unique role of representing businesses and ensuring that enterprise and economic development are given full consideration in public sector decision-making.

Since its launch in late 2011, the SWLEP has developed a reputation as one of the most innovative LEPs in the country with a strong plan in place for the future. The SWLEP’s bold vision statement says:

‘By 2036, our vision is to ensure all of our communities benefit from inclusive and sustainable growth, making the Swindon and Wiltshire area world-renowned for its convergence of innovation, entrepreneurialism and great quality of life.’

About the Chair Role

The SWLEP is looking for someone with significant experience in a senior managerial capacity within the private sector, At Chief Executive or Board level within a corporate environment and with a proven track record of providing strategic leadership and achieving business objectives. The new Chair will provide leadership in the delivery of the partnership’s Vision for its Local Industrial Strategy and champion the SWLEP at national, regional and local level, representing the partnership at high profile events. 

Paddy Bradley, Director of the SWLEP, said, “We are looking to appoint an individual with previous experience of partnership working and, ideally, some established links with central government and key decision makers. He or she will display strong political acumen to promote SWLEP at the highest level.” 

The Commitment

It is anticipated that the role will require a time commitment of around four days per month, on average, including approximately six Board meetings per annum.  However, the exact time required each month will vary depending on external and internal factors and likely to be more during the early months of tenure. There is an honorarium of £10,000 per annum to reflect the level of commitment expected by the Chair, plus reasonable expenses.

This will be a three-year appointment, subject to a review after six months to ensure that all parties are satisfied that the role set out above is being fulfilled and that appropriate progress is being made on the SWLEP’s aims and objectives.

Discussing John Mortimer’s decision to step down as Chair, Paddy Bradley, Director of the SWLEP, said, “John Mortimer has proved himself to be a very effective member and then Chair of the Swindon & Wiltshire LEP.  He has established a national profile for Swindon and Wiltshire in the network of other LEPs and has played a leading role in helping to establish a culture of self-improvement amongst LEPs nationally.  John is a champion of rural enterprise, a passionate advocate for the area and for the role of the private  sector in driving forward change and improvement in our infrastructure, innovation and business environment.  He has overseen the development of the LEP’s industrial strategy, setting out strategic economic opportunities for the next 15 years and very much dear to his heart, he has led the Swindon & Wiltshire LEP to become a not-for-profit limited company.

“He is retiring after five years of selfless service to the SWLEP.  His legacy includes a very strong LEP and a range of completed infrastructure projects in Swindon and Wiltshire which make doing business in the area that much better.”

To find out more about the Chair role visit: The closing date for applications is Monday 2nd March, 2020.

Pictured above: John Mortimer, current Chair of The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership