Lead­ing role for film stu­dio man

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

Richard

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

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