First chair of Solent Freeport

Solent Freeport seeks first permanent Chair of the Board

The Solent Freeport Consortium is recruiting for a Chair of the Board to lead the Solent Freeport.

Alastair Welch, Solent Freeport Consortium Ltd Director, said: “We believe the Solent Freeport is a once in a lifetime opportunity to maximize the UK’s geographic advantage in a highly competitive global market and forge new trading relationships with the world. It will unlock billions of pounds’ worth of investment and create tens of thousands of new jobs, transforming productivity in the Solent which will level up our important coastal communities and benefit the whole of the UK.

“We are now bringing forward an exciting opportunity to lead the Solent Freeport Board at this critical development stage by recruiting an influential business leader who can act as a champion for the Freeport’s economic success to the high-profile position of Chair of the Solent Freeport.”

The Solent has always been the Nation’s Global Gateway and is now becoming even more prominent as one of only eight regions in England selected by the Government to be a Freeport. Arrangements with Government are currently being finalized.

Freeports are an important part of the UK’s post-Covid economic recovery. The Solent Freeport is a universally backed proposition and has the potential to transform productivity in the Solent to benefit not only local communities but also the whole of the UK.

Freeports will play a key role in delivering on the Government’s levelling up agenda, bringing prosperity to some of the UK’s important coastal communities through jobs and investment. The Solent Freeport, through links to three world-class universities and as host to national research assets, will also catalyse an innovation revolution in maritime, autonomy and green growth.

Once in post, the Chair of the Solent Freeport will build on the rapid progress made to date on the development of the Solent Freeport, take up the lead on strategic direction, provide leadership to deliver the aspirations of the region and secure the economic benefits the Freeport will bring for years to come. It is expected that the Solent Freeport Chair will offer an equivalent of two days per week on average. The role of Solent Freeport Chair will be paid up to £12,000 per annum and the Solent Freeport is also keen to hear from those seeking voluntary non-executive Chair positions.

Applications are invited from 7 October 2021 to 1 November 2021.

Further information and the application pack is available at here