New Solent LEP leader

From left, University of Portsmouth head of brand strategy and corporate communications Emma Fields, Portsmouth FC commercial director Anna Mitchell, university governor and former Portsmouth FC President David Willan, football club CEO Mark Catlin and university vice chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith

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The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has elected a new business leader to join its board of directors.

Brian Johnson, UK business development director at BAE Systems Maritime, has been called in to help shape economic strategy in the region and boost growth.

Mr Johnson said: ‘The LEP is doing a great job in building the economic prosperity of the Solent and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together next.’