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The LEP has been actively seeking a replacement for Jane James following her resignation last year, but the strong field of applications resulted in the board deciding to appoint two new members.
Neil Holt has more than 20 years experience of corporate and international banking. He joined international consulting engineers Halcrow in 1998 and was appointed a Director of Halcrow Group Ltd and Halcrow’s main board in 2000.
Neil is also a member of the Export Guarantees Advisory Council, a Non-Executive Director (and Chair) of Swindon Commercial Services Ltd and Non-Executive Director of Transparency International UK Ltd.
James Phipps is a successful entrepreneur and CEO of Swindon-based IT and Communications business, Excalibur Communications. As Wiltshire’s Business Person of the Year in 2012, he is heavily involved within the local community.
He sits on the Swindon Influence Board and financially supports Wiltshire Young Enterprise and Swindon Town Football Club.
Paul Johnson, Chair of the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP said: “Our board vacancy produced an exceptionally strong group of applications.
“Neil Holt brings a wealth of experience and James Phipps is recognised for his award winning SME business leadership and for his active involvement in the local community.
“We were encouraged by, and much appreciated, the commitment and expertise shown by the business leaders who applied to join the LEP board. This further underlines the increasing recognition of the progress the LEP is making with its economic growth agenda.”