The Swindon and
Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) has said farewell to its long-standing
Chair and appointed his replacement to the role.
Outgoing Chair John
Mortimer joined the Board in May 2015 and had been Chairman since November
During John’s tenure
the SWLEP has implemented investment plans worth over half a billion pounds
throughout Swindon and Wiltshire including new pedestrian and cycle pathways in
Swindon, improvements to junctions 16 and 17 on the M4, dualling the A350
around Chippenham and the opening of business incubator spaces at Porton and
With financial support from the Government, the SWLEP has built an exemplar,
agile and sustainable Growth Hub to provide advice and encouragement to micro,
small and medium sized businesses looking to grow their enterprises.
John’s time in
leadership has also involved steering the SWLEP through two regional economic
shocks; the 2018 Novichok attack in Salisbury and the 2019 announcement by
Honda of the 2021 closure of its Swindon production plant.
Moorby OBE has been appointed as Chair to take the SWLEP forward, providing
leadership in the delivery of its vision for its Local Industrial Strategy whilst
championing the SWLEP at national, regional and local level.
has been an active Board Director since 2019 and is CEO of Brinkworth-based
said, “My immediate task, alongside the Board, is to ensure our area is resilient
against the challenges that the current health emergency brings for our local
economy, our local schools and businesses. Beyond this crisis, my aim is to ensure SWLEP works
with councils and the business community to build a sustainable future for the Swindon
and Wiltshire area.
is proud to have its home in Wiltshire amongst a community of pioneering businesses.
The region truly represents the best of Great British innovation and the
opportunities for its future growth are boundless.”
Bradley, SWLEP Director, added, “We would like to thank John enormously for his
dedication and passion for all things SWLEP and wish him well, and we are very
much looking forward to working with Paul in his new role as Chair.”
For more information about the SWLEP, click here.
Pictured: Outgoing Chair John Mortimer (left) and Paul Moorby OBE.