Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council are looking for volunteers to be part of the newly-formed economic advisory board for the two areas.

The councils are on the hunt for individuals with the knowledge to provide insight into the varied needs of different areas within the region, along with different business sectors and economic activities.

The recruitment drive comes amid a transfer of economic function responsibility from the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership to local authorities.

The new board seeks to serve as a voice for the business community, offering strategic advice as the region delivers its business support programmes and develops its economic strategy, due to be unveiled later this year.

Wiltshire Council said: "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."

Councillor 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.

Swindon Advertiser: Council leader Richard ClewerCouncil leader Richard Clewer (Image: Newsquest)

"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, added: "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, visit the Wiltshire Council website.