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Applications open for Economic Advisory Board for Swindon and Wiltshire members

Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council are launching an open recruitment process for the newly-formed Economic Advisory Board for Swindon and Wiltshire.
By Tim Burghes,

Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council are seeking people with passion and expertise to contribute to understanding the diverse needs of different areas, business sectors, and economic activities within the region.

Following the recent transfer of local economic functions responsibility from the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) to local authorities, Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council are seeking to appoint members to a new board. This board will serve as the business voice for the area, providing strategic advice and guidance as the region delivers its business support programs and develops its Economic Strategy, due later this year.

Through this joint working arrangement, Swindon and Wiltshire aim to address challenges, leverage strengths, and seize emerging opportunities, with a focus on sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as a commitment to net zero initiatives.

Cllr Richard Clewer, Leader of Wiltshire Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “This a fantastic opportunity for skilled businesspeople from a range of sectors to join the Economic Advisory Board and help to shape the future of economic activity in Wiltshire and Swindon.

“Once appointed, board members will provide strategic leadership, insight and support, representing Wiltshire and Swindon locally, nationally, and internationally, and helping to deliver local priorities, including the Economic Strategy.

“I’d encourage anyone with a strong understanding of the local economy and effective leadership skills to find out more and apply.”

Councillor Jim Robbins, Leader of Swindon Borough Council, said: “We are very fortunate in Swindon and Wiltshire that we have an incredibly vibrant and strong economy, which is underpinned by hugely successful businesses of all manner of sizes. This new Board will help shape the future growth of our economy and play a strategic role in its continued success.

“It is important the Board is representative of our diverse economy so whether you own a large firm, or a small business, and you have the strategic leadership skills to drive our economic growth, we want to hear from you.”

These board roles are voluntary and do not attract a salary. Board members are expected to commit to up to four two-hour meetings per year, along with additional time for preparation. The term of office is one year with potential for reappointment. To find out more and to apply, people should go to www.wiltshire.gov.uk/economic-advisory-board