Who We Are

Discover Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership and get to know the people behind the organisation.

The SWLEP is the Local Enterprise Partnership for Swindon and Wiltshire, established by Central Government in July 2011 as a private sector-led partnership between local businesses, Swindon Borough Council, Wiltshire Council, the military and the education sector. 

On 14 January 2019, the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership Limited (SWLEP) was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee with the object to bring about sustainable economic growth.  Its change in legal status from a non-statutory partnership was the result of the ‘Strengthening Local Economic Partnerships Review’ published by HM Government in July 2018.

The company continues to play a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive inclusive economic growth working closely with Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council alongside a wide range of local private sector organisations and the Military. 

The SWLEP is able to access government funding to channel investment into the area and in particular to support its strategic objectives in skills and talent (people), infrastructure, place, business environment and ideas. 

 

We are a highly competitive economy ranked 12th out of the 38 LEPs in England. 

By 2026, we want Swindon and Wiltshire to be renowned for innovation, entrepreneurialism and great quality of life.

Meet the Directors of the SWLEP Board 

Our Board currently has 15 Directors, 12 from the private sector and three from the public sector, the Leaders of Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council whose administrative areas make up the geographic area of the SWLEP and a military representative, together with a cohort of Advisors and Observers to the Board.

Board Directors do not receive any payment for being a Director of the Board although they can claim expenses associated with their role.  The Chair of the SWLEP is entitled to receive an allowance of £10,000 per annum.  This payment is intended to recognise the time commitment involved in delivering the role set out in our Governance Framework.

You can meet all our Board Directors, Observers and Advisers below.  Each Board Director has a link to a short biography, their individual register of interests and how you can contact them.

Board Chair

At the Board Meeting on 25 March 2020, Paul Moorby OBE was appointed Chair and took up his position with effect from 1 April. 

The SWLEP Board currently comprises one third female Directors.  

Board Directors

Paul Moorby mono

Paul Moorby OBE

SWLEP Chair

 

See Biography
AlisonNorth mono

Alison North

Director, SME Representative

Deputy Chair

See Biography
Jim

Cllr Jim Robbins

Leader of Swindon Borough Council 

 

See Biography
Prof Ian White DL FREng

Prof Ian White

Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Bath

See Biography
Richard Clewer B&W

Richard Clewer

Leader,
Wiltshire Council

See Biography
Iain Hatt

Iain Hatt

CEO & Principal of Wiltshire College & University Centre

See Biography
Name to be confirmed

Name to be confirmed

Armed Forces Representative

See Biography
debby-skellern-growth-summit-2018BW

Debby Skellern

Acting Chief Executive Officer, SWLEP Responsible for implementing Board decisions

See Biography
Suzanne Wigmore

Suzanne Wigmore

Chief Executive, Wiltshire Citizens Advice

See Biography
Doug-Gale_SWLEP

Doug Gale MBE

Director Strategic, QinetiQ plc

 

See Biography
Abdul-Basit Mohammed

Abdul-Basit Mohammed

Business Development Manager and Cultural Ambassador

Portfolio Institutional 

See Biography
Ramona Derbyshire

Ramona Derbyshire

Partner

Thrings

See Biography
Jose Torso

José St.Clair

Managing Director

SKARP Group

 

See Biography
Tom Harrison

Tom Harrison

Business Consultant

PA Consulting

 

See Biography
Mark Matthews

Mark Matthews

Strategy and Advisory Director

Ipsos UK - Public Affairs

 

See Biography

Observers

Advisers

Terence Herbert

Terence Herbert

Board Adviser

See Biography

About Us:




20200113_152757

The SWLEP team

Meet our people
Ebook cover

About SWLEP

How we deliver economic growth in Swindon & Wiltshire

Download