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.

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