Thursday, 14th January 2016
New Chief Executive
Designate announced for Harrogate Chamber
new Chief Executive Designate has been chosen to lead Harrogate Chamber
after the current Chief Executive Brian Dunsby steps down in May.
Doherty, who served three years as President until May 2015, will take over
from Brian Dunsby, subject to formal approval from the Chamber membership at
its AGM. Brian announced his intention to step down at the end of 2015 after
14 years' service on a voluntary basis.
said: “Brian has done an incredible job of building the Chamber from a
fairly small group of business owners to a membership of around 250
businesses across Harrogate.
worked closely with him for several years as President, I have seen the way
the Chamber is run and the many ways it serves the local business community.
With the support of the members, I hope to continue that work from May
onwards and help to ensure the Chamber supports and represents local
businesses for many years to come.”
Brian steps down, he takes with him the secretarial team at Perlex
Associates, which has carried out the administration for the Chamber since
2002. Sandra will also take on most of that work, while a new website and
distribution system will help to boost communication with members and other
Carr, who has been working for the Chamber on a freelance basis since 2013,
will be its PR Officer and also assist with administrative duties.
Meanwhile, the AGM in May will also see the hand-over of official duties
from outgoing President Mike Shaw to Michael Webster. Michael has owned
Sign-a-Rama based on Knaresborough Road in Harrogate for the past 15 years,
supplying business signage throughout North Yorkshire. This appointment will
also be put to members for approval at the AGM on Monday, May 9 at the Cedar
Court Hotel, Park Parade, Harrogate.
President Mike Shaw said: "This May will be a time of change for the
Chamber, as two of the key leadership roles are taken by new people.
“However, both Sandra and Michael have a long association with Harrogate
Chamber and understand the role it plays in the business community. With the
support of the Management Group, which also has many long-serving members, I
am confident they will take the Chamber into a new era with skill and
an exciting time for everyone involved with the Chamber and we are looking
forward to seeing how things develop over the coming months and years. This
is also a great opportunity for anyone who has not been a member before, or
who has never tried a meeting, to come along and see what the Chamber can
offer to local businesses.
as regular networking with around 250 local businesses of all sizes from a
wide range of sectors, the Chamber represents the views of its members at
the highest levels and is a leading representative of the Harrogate business
sector. The more members we have, the more representative we can be – and
the more powerful our voice.”
stepping back from the Chamber, Brian will continue as Managing Director of
Yorkshire Business Market Ltd, the not-for-profit company which has run the
Yorkshire Business Market since 2005. YBML then created and built up the
very popular Harrogate Christmas Market over the last four years.
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