Ex-Army man is ap­pointed in Cham­ber re­or­gan­i­sa­tion

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Tam­lyn Jones Busi­ness Re­porter Bankie Wil­liams

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

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