The Business Exchange Swindon & Wiltshire July 2014 Edition - Page 18

IN PROFILE How does your role help businesses in Wiltshire? The SWLEP’s target is to secure wealth, jobs and new business creation by focusing on our four priorities: • Inward investment; • Supporting and stimulating existing business growth and facilitating new business set up; • Job creation, education and skills; • Economic infrastructure. In order to achieve this I’m going to make use of my network of contacts and use my leadership skills to drive economic growth in Swindon and Wiltshire. What steps are being made to drive inward investment in the County? BARRY DENNINGTON Chairman of Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) Barry Dennington is the newly appointed chairman of the SWLEP. Barry began his career as an apprentice at a Philips Electronics company in London and advanced his career with roles in Business Management at AMI Inc in California, ST Micro and Mitel in Europe until he returned to Philips and California in 2000 as Vice President leading a $450m Computing Business serving customers such as Apple, Cisco & HP. Four years later he transferred to Philips HQ in Eindhoven as Senior Vice President leading global Product Businesses and Services Groups. Barry went on to become Managing Director NXP UK Ltd and participated in a number of industry Boards. Most recently he was Chief Operating Offi