Votes are in for the Solent LEP board

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THE votes have been counted for the election to the board of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.

Doug Morrison, port director of ABP Southampton; Russell Kew, chief executive of Wightlink; Steve Barber, CEO of Xyratex; Philippe Jouy, managing director of Warings; Chris Allington, managing director of Oxford Innovation; Stuart Hill, COO of Technology Services for IBM UK & Ireland; Ernie Battey, managing director of Morgan Sindall Investments; and Gary Jeffries, managing director of Hughes Ellard, have all been elected.

The business directors will sit alongside the five local authority and one higher/further education representative on the 14-strong LEP board.

A chairman will be elected later this month.

Solent LEP is the first in the country to hold an election for its business members to elect their own board representatives.