Two new appointments to the SWLEP board

By Anita Jaynes on 6 August, 2015

The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP), the strategic organisation that aims to drive economic growth into the area, has made two high-profile appointments to its board.

The organisation appointed three new board members earlier this year with an additional three needed over the next 12 months, to replace members whose terms of appointment have expired, and to broaden the scope of experience and expertise on the board to ensure it appropriately reflects the key areas of industry and economic activity identified in the SWLEP’s Strategic Economic Plan.

The new board members bring expertise from very different parts of the communications industry.

George Gill is a Corsham-based business leader who has built digital agency GG Media Resources Ltd from scratch and developed it to become a Tech Track 100 business that works with a broad range of global organisations.

George said: “I have considerable experience in, and enthusiasm for, creating and delivering on opportunities from a West Country base. Much of my enthusiasm comes from a passion for the area, coupled with a belief, based on experience, that we are in a geographical sweet-spot for leveraging relevant talent and driving further growth.

I believe we specifically have an opportunity to nurture a digital-based economy with exciting opportunities for young people entering the workforce.

To have the opportunity to be part of shaping the growth of both existing business into the digital field, as well as growing pre-existing digital champions while nurturing start-ups, is a challenge I relish.”

The second new board member, Swindon-based Simon Patten is director of secure enterprise services with BT – an organisation he has served for almost 30 years.

Simon said: “I have now reached the point in my career where I want to use my skills and experience to address different challenges.

For the past 18 years I have been involved in the public sector, predominantly working with the defence community, and I have developed a keen affinity for the work of the armed forces and am also a trustee of the Defence Medical Welfare Service charity. I believe my familiarity with the work of the defence community, coupled with my private sector leadership experience in telecommunications and security, can help develop these aspects of the SWLEP plans.”

Barry Dennington, Chair of the SWLEP, said: “Both George and Simon bring with them significant experience in their fields, which I am confident will help to further strengthen the SWLEP Board as we continue to drive growth into the Swindon and Wiltshire area.”