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New members join board of enterprise partnership

Written by Peter Davison on .

Alex Reed, Col Dawes, Doug Gale, and Mark SmithAlex Reed, Col Dawes, Doug Gale, and Mark SmithFive new members have been appointed to the board of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The new members join the Board to support the SWLEP in driving economic growth and delivering on its ambitious Strategic Economic Plan 2016-2026 to create wealth, jobs and new business opportunities in the area.

The new members are Colonel Andrew Dawes, Joint Military Commander for UK operations across the South West and the Channel Islands; Air Cdre (Retd) Doug Gale, MBE, Director Strategic Engagement (Air), QinetiQ plc; Alex Reed, finance director of global pharmaceutical manufacturer Calalent Pharma Solutions; Mark Smith, chief executive officer of water, environment, gas and resource management company WRc plc; and Jonathan Webber, chief executive officer of aerospace technology firm Callen Lenz Associates Limited.

John Mortimer, chairman of the SWLEP board said: “I am delighted that the SWLEP Board has five new members representing the diversity and strength of Swindon and Wiltshire’s growing economy.

“The new members bring with them a wealth of relevant industrial and specialist experience adding value to the strategic leadership and decision-making abilities of the board.

“This has been a busy year for us and I am confident that our new board members will each make a valuable contribution as we continue to deliver ambitious plans for Swindon and Wiltshire’s economic transformation.”

“I warmly welcome our new members and look forward greatly to working with them.”

The new board members were recruited to broaden the scope of experience and expertise of the board, and to replace Members who were leaving.

Membership of the SWLEP board is voluntary with its constitution allowing for up to 20 members, of which a minimum of 70 percent have to come from the private sector.

The new members take up their roles on the board with immediate effect.