Forward Swindon announces the appointment of a new Chairman

By Anita Jaynes on 5 December, 2013

Following a rigorous selection process Forward Swindon and Swindon Borough Council have appointed a new Chairman of the Company’s Board, Alan Shepherd. Alan brings extensive private sector experience working for companies such as Kraft Foods, Sainsbury’s and LloydsTSB. He currently works for the UK Hydrographic Office as Director of Products, Services and Strategy, and lives north of Swindon. He knows Swindon well and has a particular interest in the regeneration of the town, and its improvements in the retail sector.

The previous Chairman, Robin Bailey, has decided to resign from the Board due to other commitments, and Mark Beard, Managing Director at Beard Construction has also stepped down after being a Board member since October 2011. The Company would like to thank them for their hard work and contributions during their term. It is expected that Forward Swindon’s shareholder, Swindon Borough Council, will be seeking to recruit two new board members to replace Robin and Mark shortly. All Board members act for the Company without remuneration. The current Board members are:

Alan Shepherd, Director of Products, Services and Strategy, UK Hydrographic Office; Tina Cumpstey, Centre Manager, McArthur Glen Swindon Designer Outlet; James Lockhart, Partner, Whitmarsh Lockhart; Gavin Jones, Chief Executive Swindon Borough Council; Jeanette Harris, HR Director Zurich UK Life.

Alan says: “I am looking forward to leading this enthusiastic team, and I’m confident that the Chief Executive Ian Piper and his staff at Forward Swindon, are on the right path to achieving their aim to regenerate the town and boost the local economy. My role is to offer support to them.”