Norfolk Chambers of Commerce are delighted to welcome eight new Board members to join their existing Board.
Following their recruitment, an induction to the Norfolk Chambers, its team and the current Board took place on Monday 16th May 2022 hosted by Paul McCarthy, Vice President of the Board and General Manager of Chantry Place. 

The eight new Board members are:

Lexi Brackpool – Managing Director of Furthermore Marketing
Carole Burman – Managing Director of MAD HR
Kelly Cartwright – Owner of Core Recruitment
Gez Chetal – Owner of Thomas Paine Hotel
Lizzy Dring – Head of Corporate events at Huxley Events
Neil Foley – Owner of Business Growth Club
Simon Girdlestone – Chief Commercial Officer of Solinatra
James Howells – Director of Turning Factor

They will be joining the current Board members:
Lynsey Sweales – CEO at Social B (President)
Paul McCarthy – General Manager of Chantry Place Shopping Centre (Vice President)
David Armstrong – CFO at Flagship Housing Group (Treasurer)
Michael Baldwin – General Manager of Bank House Hotel (WN Chamber Council President)
Jonathan Cage – Managing Director of Create Consulting Engineers
Helen Lewis – Director of Research and Innovation Division at University of East Anglia
Chris Sargisson – CEO of Norfolk Chambers of Commerce
Glen Webster – Area Business Manager at Barclays Bank.

Lynsey Sweales, President of the Board says, “To support businesses in Norfolk successfully, we not only have to have our finger on the pulse but have the eyes and ears represented on the board.  I’m delighted that our latest board recruitment puts the Chambers in an even stronger position to take us to the next stages and innovations of what businesses want and need to see from us.  Paul and I were really impressed with not only the calibre of applications but the passion and drive that Gez, Lizzy, Carole, Kelly, Lexi, James, Simon and Neil had towards helping businesses in the region.”

Norfolk Chambers of Commerce have recently launched two new programmes supporting more SME’s on their net-zero journey with their Business Climate Leaders programme as well as their programme supporting young professionals. 

Having a diverse board from all sectors and experiences and geographic coverage will bring insights and support to the Norfolk Chambers of Commerce.  We are also delighted to bring a much younger age range, as well as diversity and equality to our Board.

Lizzy Dring, Head of Corporate Events at Huxley Events says “I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to work with such a thriving and supportive organisation with an amazingly bright future. The journey over the next few years is definitely going to be exciting and I’m looking forward to helping represent the voice of Norfolk businesses to help the Chambers go from strength to strength (especially SME’s, female led businesses and supporting young people in business).”

Simon Girdlestone, Chief Commercial Officer of Solinatra UK says: “I am very pleased to be appointed to the Norfolk Chambers Board, having lived in Norfolk my whole life I really wanted to get involved to help local businesses thrive, particularly in the manufacturing sector.”

Pictured: Norfolk Chambers of Commerce’s eight new board members.
From L-R, top row: Simon Girdlestone, Neil Foley, Lexi Brackpool, Lizzy Dring
From L-R, bottom row: James Howells, Kelly Cartwright, Carole Burman, Gez Chetal
Photo credit: Norfolk Chambers of Commerce

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