Leading role for film studio man
A NEW chairman has been appointed at the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Andrew Smith, who is director of corporate affairs at Pinewood Studios, has been appointed to the role following Alex Pratt’s decision to stand down.
Mr Smith has been a member of the partnership since 2012 and has helped with the growth of film and the creative arts in the county.
He is also a nonexecutive director at Buckinghamshire Business First.
His appointment as chairman of the area’s partnership has been backed by MP Sajid Javid, secretary of state for business, innovation and skills, who said: “I am absolutely delighted to hear that Andrew has been appointed to take over as the chair of the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP.
“I recently saw for myself the impressive transformation of the Pinewood Studios site that Andrew has been central in advancing.
“The investment in the Pinewood hub will ensure that the studios will continue to lead the way in global output.
“It is fantastic that a leading light from this sector has been selected to take on a key role within the LEP network and is in a position to bring his unique business insight into both local and national decision making.”
Harrington, chief executive of Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “On behalf of BTVLEP, I am delighted to welcome Andrew as the new Chair for the LEP.
“We look forward to working with Andrew to help drive the future direction of the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP.”
Andrew Smith, of Pinewood Studios, is the new chairman of Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership