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. 

We are a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.  We have public, private and voluntary sector directors.  We are looking for additional directors from the private and voluntary sectors. More than three-quarters of our directors come from these sectors.

We are looking for people with experience of operating at a senior level in their organisation. We pride ourselves on debate before decisions and so are looking for people who can analyse information, understand potential implications, listen to the views of others and ensure they are active contributors to the discussion.

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 keen to reach and maintain an equal gender balance on our Board by 2023 at the latest, so we are particularly keen to hear from women with business leadership experience.

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. 

The application process is open now until 12 noon on Friday 9 September.  

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

How To Apply

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

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