Tributes paid to SWLEP’S John Mortimer

By Anita Jaynes on 25 September, 2020

Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) has announced with great sadness the death of John Mortimer.

John was Chair of the organisation from 2016 until April 2020 and led the SWLEP through incorporation into a Limited Company.

John passed away on the 15th September from cancer. He was well-known and liked in the local area and was conscious of all the different groups that work within Swindon and Wiltshire, and worked hard to ensure that everyone had their voice. 

John’s strong vision for the area coupled with his forthright, yet easy manner, enabled the SWLEP team to have a clear understanding of, and respect for, the work the Board asked to be delivered under his stewardship.

Paddy Bradley, CEO for SWLEP, said, “John’s death has led to a huge and heartfelt response from the people and organisations who knew him and got so much from their relationship with him. People rightly identify his interest in people, his polite manner and how his conversations were based on what he had heard and not just what he thought. He did listen to people, which enabled him to establish strong and meaningful personal and business relationships.

“John led the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership as its Chair with passion and commitment. He was a strong believer in the concept of LEPs, equalled by his passion for the rural economy.

“In his role as Chair, John was able to oversee the development of a strong LEP in Swindon and Wiltshire and the growing strength of the network of LEPs around the country. He successfully embedded the needs of the rural community in the strategic thinking not only of the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP, but also LEPs around the country.

Paddy added, “Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Carole and her family.”

Pictured above: John Mortimer, who died earlier this month