08 Nov 2018 | Category: LLEP News, Partner News

LLEP Chair appointed President of the Chamber of Commerce

Kevin Harris, Managing Partner at RSM, the world’s 6th largest accountancy and advisory firm, accepted the chains of office for 2018/19 to become President of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce.

As Chair of the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), Kevin has been involved with the Chamber for many years. He was Chair at Leicestershire Chamber and oversaw its merger with the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce to form East Midlands Chamber.

Accepting office, Kevin first thanked Rob Mayo, outgoing President, for all his “hard work, enthusiasm and leadership in the past year”. He then said that with Brexit day falling during his Presidency, his first goal would be to “make sure the Chamber continues to offer the help, guidance and support to steer members through the changes that lie ahead”.

He said: “I want to make sure Government keeps the needs of business paramount in its deliberations before Brexit and focuses on the needs of businesses in the wake of our divorce from the EU, whether that is with or without a deal, with or without a transition period.”

A keen believer in the ‘power of three’, he set two other goals for his term as President.

They are to focus on the opportunities presenting themselves to businesses in the UK from Brexit, from the Government’s Industrial Strategy and from the Local Industrial Strategies that are being developed by Local Enterprise Partnerships and to develop improved links between business and education and focus attention on the skills agenda as a whole.

His first official duty after thanking Rob was to announce Dawn Edwards as his Vice-President for the year ahead.

Dawn is Managing Director at Challenge Consulting, a Management Training and Consultancy Business, based in Woodborough, and also at Lambley Day Nursery, a 30-place children’s day nursery in Lambley Village.

Both are award-winning businesses and Dawn herself has been voted one of the top 100 Nottinghamshire Women of Influence. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and was Nottinghamshire Woman Achiever of the Year in 2003 and Nottinghamshire Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010.

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