TWO leading business figures, and the leader of Herefordshire Council, have joined the board which runs Hereford's enterprise zone at Skylon Park.

Scott Kean, the co-founder of specialist defence and security resource Electi, and financial and HR specialist Kerry Diamond have been appointed to the executive board of Hereford Enterprise Zone Ltd.

The pair are joined on the board by the new council leader, coun David Hitchiner.

Chairman of the Hereford Enterprise Zone, Andrew Manning Cox, said he was delighted with the new appointments, which followed an exhaustive recruitment process.

The appointments come as two high-profile projects get under way on Skylon Park.

It's said the £9 million Midlands Centre for Cyber Security will create 190 jobs when it opens in 2020 and a £7.3 million redevelopment of the World War One shell store site will create a space for new businesses.

Skylon Park, the UK's only Enterprise Zone with a defence and security focus, is nearly 50 per cent occupied. It's home to 38 businesses and 660 workers.