New President for Bradford Chamber of Commerce

New President for Bradford Chamber of Commerce

Suzanne Watson, MD of Ilkley’s Approach PR, has succeeded Nick Garthwaite as the President of Bradford Chamber of Commerce.

Mr Garthwaite had held the post for the last two years.

Ms Watson was elected at the annual meeting of Bradford Chamber’s Leadership Group this week.

She had previously held the role of Vice-President, which will now be filled by Victoria Wainwright, MD of accountancy firm Naylor Wintersgill.

“This is a time of immense change and progression for our city and district and it feels the right time for a small business owner to be taking on the position of President of Bradford Chamber of Commerce,” said Ms Watson.

“Our district has around 15,500 businesses and of those, 99% are micro to medium sized. Everyday, they, like me, live and breathe the challenges caused by productivity barriers such as transport, connectivity, the skills gap and funding.

“My own experience puts me in a strong place to be a voice and a representative of our business community.

“After working alongside Nick, who has done a wonderful job for the last two years, I feel confident that with the support of a great Chamber team and the business community behind me, we can do great things for Bradford’s profile, development and economic growth.”

The Chamber said it will reveal details of Suzanne’s specific plans for the next two years in the weeks and months to come.