Ex-Army man is appointed in Chamber reorganisation
BLACK Country Chamber of Commerce has appointed a new chairman to lead its board and create a more business-orientated organisation.
Bankie Williams has taken on the newly created, non-executive role, which will see the posts of president and chairman split into two separate positions.
The president will deal with events, press and policy while Mr Williams will be more inward facing, with a focus on helping to transform the commercial approach of the chamber, lead a governance review and develop a business-focused board.
During almost 20 years of military service, Mr Williams served with a variety of British Army units in Germany, Northern Ireland and the Falklands among others and later studied for masters qualifications and attended Harvard Business School and Stanford University.
He was previously managing director of Walsall-based emergency firm HomeServe and worked at Macmillan Education Publishing.
Mr Williams said: “Among my first priorities will be to review how effective we are in servicing, meeting and supporting the needs of the executive leadership team at the Chamber to deliver strategic objectives that support our members moving forwards.
“My hope is that, as a result of our collective actions, we can ensure that the Black Country Chamber of Commerce is a real centre of excellence both locally and nationally.”
Chief executive Corin Crane added: “We are excited Bankie working with us.
“He has a wealth of experience and expertise which he will be bringing to this new role.
“We all have positive ambitions for the Chamber moving forwards and this role will help support our fantastic board to facilitate the chamber to achieve these.
“As a Chamber, we are changing and have developed a vision to become more modern and easily accessible to local civic businesses so they can access the support they need to thrive.
“To achieve this aim, we have looked at our governance structure and identified a gap, which has now been filled by this new chair role.” to have