Airport boss named as new LEP director

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THE managing director of Southampton Airport has been elected to the board of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.

Dave Lees was chosen by a vote of the LEP’s business members after responding to a call for Solent business leaders working in aerospace, aviation, high-end manufacturing, logistics, ports and key international gateways.

He became managing director in 2010.

He has developed the airport’s masterplan, which predicts how the transport hub, one of three international gateways to the Solent, will develop in the years to 2030.

Mr Lees said: ‘The LEP has a vital role to play in delivering the economy that business needs and local people deserve.

‘I am hugely proud to be involved and am looking forward to joining my new colleagues on the Board at such an exciting time for the LEP.’

He fills the board seat vacated by former Southampton Port director Doug Morrison when he retired at the end of 2013.