Role of Chair

Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) Ltd has been a company limited by guarantee since January 2019. We are a not-for-profit business, with the private sector at its helm and working in close partnership with Swindon Borough Council, Wiltshire Council, the military and education.

We are looking for someone with significant experience in a senior managerial capacity within the private sector, at Chief Executive or Board level within a corporate environment and with a proven  track record of providing strategic leadership and achieving business objectives.  The new Chair will provide leadership in the delivery of the partnership’s Vision for its Local Industrial Strategy and champion the SWLEP at national, regional and local level, representing the partnership at high profile events.  We are looking to appoint an individual with previous experience of partnership working and, ideally, some established links with central government and key decision makers.  He or she will display strong political acumen to promote SWLEP at the highest level. 


It is anticipated that the role will require a time commitment of around four days per month, on average, including approximately six Board meetings per annum.  However, the exact time required each month will vary depending on external and internal factors and likely to be more during the early months of tenure.  There is an honorarium of £10,000 per annum to reflect the level of commitment expected by the Chair, plus reasonable expenses.


This will be a three-year appointment, subject to a review after six months to ensure that all parties are satisfied that the role set out above is being fulfilled and that appropriate progress is being made on the SWLEP's aims and objectives.

Chair Role and Responsibilities:

  • provide visible, strategic leadership and vision in driving the work of the SWLEP and the sustainable growth of the economy in the SWLEP area;
  • actively and effectively promote the interests of the SWLEP and the SWLEP area with central and local government, business and investors, operating at a high profile and senior level.  This includes: 
    • representing the SWLEP in a wide range of engagement activities PR opportunities; and
    • developing and maintaining relationships with all key influencers and stakeholders. 
    • representing the SWLEP in discussions and negotiations with key influencers;
  • chair effective regular SWLEP Board meetings (approximately six times per annum), fostering a collaborative and productive atmosphere underpinned by a shared understanding of the SWLEP's vision.  This should enable Board Directors to express their range of public and private sector perspectives while working towards consensus and making effective decisions which further the SWLEP's aims;
  • lead the Board in overseeing and driving forward the activities of the SWLEP, including the continuing development and achievement of the SWLEP's strategy, governance framework and work plans.  This includes supporting the SWLEP Chief Executive and operational staff in their implementation of actions agreed by the Board;
  • champion and promote the work of the Board, including its objectives and achievements, to stakeholders, partners and other relevant organisations and to the media;
  • lead the development of collaborative relationships, both within the SWLEP and between the SWLEP and other organisations, which will enable the SWLEP to fulfil its vision and achieve its objectives; and
  • adhere at all times to the standards of conduct set out in the Seven Principles of Public Life (also known as the Nolan standards).   




Agenda and Board Papers 2



Board Directors

The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership is recruiting local business leaders for a role on its Board of Directors.  If you think you may be interested in such a role, please read below.

The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) is looking for local business leaders to join its Board to increase its strategic leadership capacity and support its activities in growing the local economy. 

The SWLEP is keen for its board to reflect Swindon and Wiltshire’s diversity and so welcomes applications from everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.  We are particularly keen to hear from women and people who are BAME.

We are embarking on an exciting period of change and opportunities and have recently incorporated as a Company limited by guarantee.  Working in partnership with local businesses and Government, we are developing our Local Industrial Strategy.  This will set out to Government how Swindon & Wiltshire can help the UK lead the global technology revolution by tackling the four Grand Challenges facing the country.  Our Local Industrial Strategy will focus on future-oriented, productive business sectors which are embracing technology and are offering the prospect of a growth in high-value jobs.

The SWLEP Board membership is voluntary; with claimable expenses and last for an initial period of three years. Successful candidates will need to make a commitment to dedicate approximately two working days per month to cover regular Board meetings and working groups. 

To arrange to have an informal conversation about the role with the SWLEP Director or Chairman, please email

How To Apply

Please send your cv with a covering letter, or simply register your interest, by sending an email to .

For a better understanding of the SWLEP and the responsibilities of the role a prospectus is available for download here.  

Our Investment in 2017/18

Agenda and Board Papers 2

Board Recruitment Prospectus