Having worked for the SWLEP for over ten years, Paddy Bradley MBE, is to retire. He tells us, “I can honestly say that every day has been a joy.”

Paddy Bradley MBE has been part of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) for more than 10 years. He will be retiring from his position as CEO at SWLEP on 27 July.

Paddy has given much time and expertise to the SWLEP, both when it was a voluntary partnership and since it was incorporated as a not-for-profit organisation in 2019.  He was awarded his MBE for services to the local economy and to the community in the 2023 New Year Honours List. Paddy’s drive and passion to see the success and development of not only the Swindon and Wiltshire area, but that of the wider economic community has been immense.

He says “Being CEO of SWLEP Ltd is a brilliant job to have. The business concept and implementation to create a not-for-profit company to support the economic growth of our region means it can be effective, ethical and offers transparency. As a not-for-profit business, we can use our resources to develop Swindon and Wiltshire.”  

The SWLEP Board has ensured that SWLEP remains in good hands with the appointment of Debby Skellern as Acting CEO. Debby has also worked for the SWLEP in both its voluntary partnership and not-for-profit guises.

She has a depth of knowledge relating to the corporate governance of the LEPs, an understanding of the government’s LEP framework, and has most recently supported the Western Gateway to help progress our hydrogen and net-zero priorities.

Paddy comments, “I want to thank the Board members, both present and past for their strategic guidance and direction during my time as CEO. Their decision to appoint Debby Skellern will ensure the company continues to develop and she is well placed to support the continued growth of the Swindon and Wiltshire economies.”

Lucy Paine

Lucy heads up TechSPARK Swindon and Wiltshire - bringing together the tech community in the area by building collaborative networks and delivering events and knowledge sharing platforms. She enjoys identifying, creating and nurturing collaborations in business with experience in payments, education, technical, training - it's all about people.