Switching of Chairs at the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership

By Anita Jaynes on 2 April, 2020

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 2016.

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 Corsham.

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.

Paul 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.  

Paul has been an active Board Director since 2019 and is CEO of Brinkworth-based company Chipside.

He 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.

“Chipside 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.”

Paddy 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.