People & Appointments

Local Enterprise Partnership to appoint new chairman

Written by Peter Davison.

John Mortimer


Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership is looking for a new chairman following the retirement of John Mortimer from the post.

SWLEP is a partnership between Swindon Borough Council, Wiltshire Council and a wide range of private sector organisations. It was formed to ensure that enterprise and economic development are given full consideration in public sector decision-making.

Since its launch in 2011, the LEP – one of more than 30 in the country – developed a reputation as one of the most innovative LEPs in the country. The board is responsible for producing the ambitious Local Industrial Strategy, which is due to be unveiled in the Spring, after it has been officially adopted by central government.

The voluntary role would be suited to someone who has a proven record of senior-level strategic management within the private sector, strong political awareness, and a broad contacts network.

John was vice-chairman of SWLEP under Barry Dennington before being appointed chairman in 2016. He previously spent 25 years in the minerals industry latterly as technical and external affairs director at Hanson Quarry Products Europe.

He was also South West director of the Country Land & Business Association, a management board member on the South West Rural and Farming Network, and is a director of South West Chamber of Rural Enterprise.

"John has proved himself to be a very effective member and then chairman of the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP," said Paddy Bradley.

"He has established a national profile for Swindon and Wiltshire in the network of other LEPs and has played a leading role in helping to establish a culture of self-improvement amongst LEPs nationally.

"John is a champion of rural enterprise, a passionate advocate for the area and for the role of the private sector in driving forward change and improvement in our infrastructure, innovation and business environment.

"He has overseen the development of the LEP’s industrial strategy, setting out strategic economic opportunities for the next 15 years and very much dear to his heart, he has led the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP to become a not-for-profit limited company.

"He is retiring after five years of selfless service to the LEP. His legacy includes a very strong LEP and a range of completed infrastructure projects in Swindon and Wiltshire which make doing business in the area that much better."

A full role description, and information about applying for the position, can be found at