Sheffield Chamber of Commerce has welcomed a new permanent Chief Executive, Louisa Harrison-Walker, with her appointment seen as the final piece of the jigsaw in its leadership team.
Following its recent AGM, members took the opportunity to give thanks to James Needham who has completed his term as chair of Board and Antony Davis who has completed his term as chair of Council.
Going forward, alongside Louisa, the Chamber has welcomed Rachel Storey as chair of Council and Emma Marshall as chair of the Board with Grace Brierley as chair of the Nominees Committee and Karen Mosley continues as Chamber president.
Leadership in the city has grown and changed further afield too, as Kate Josephs sits as Chief Executive at Sheffield City Council, Victoria Brown continues in her role as South Yorkshire chair of the Institute of Directors and recently, Dame Julie Kenny DBE DL was installed as The Master Cutler for 2022 – 2023 – only the second woman to be installed in almost 400 years.
What a way to end the year – but there’s still plenty going on for the Chamber as the organisation heads into 2023.
New additions include strategic cabinets to bring together expert voices to discuss vital topics such as transport, health and wellbeing, investment, and innovation to encourage real change in the region.
Chamber bosses insist these cabinets will not stand still. They will proactively strive not just to be a place to talk about what’s going on in the region but be a place for action too, driving real change to support business.
“The Chamber is rapidly becoming the place where business leaders gather to shape the voice of Sheffield’s business community and this isn’t going to stop as we enter the new year,” added Chief Executive Louisa Harrison-Walker.