Univer­sity hon­our for Cham­ber boss Sandy

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Di­ary

was de­lighted to learn that Sandy Need­ham, chief ex­ec­u­tive of West & North York­shire Cham­ber of Com­merce, was awarded an hon­orary doc­tor­ate from Brad­ford Univer­sity’s Fac­ulty of Man­age­ment, Law & So­cial Sciences.

Ms Need­ham was recog­nised for her con­tri­bu­tions to busi­ness and en­ter­prise, as well as for hav­ing a pi­o­neer­ing at­ti­tude and com­mit­ment to col­lab­o­ra­tion.

Since her ini­tial in­volve­ment with the Cham­ber in 1997, Ms Need­ham has helped spear­head sev­eral busi­ness sup­port and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives, and in 2014 man­aged the merger of Brad­ford, Leeds and York & North York­shire Cham­bers.

The rec­om­men­da­tion for the award came from the univer­sity’s Dr Crina Ol­tean-Dum­brava, a steer­ing group mem­ber of Brad­ford Cham­ber’s Prop­erty Fo­rum.

She also has close ties to higher ed­u­ca­tion: she was pre­vi­ously a mem­ber of the Univer­sity Coun­cil, chair­ing the Au­dit Com­mit­tee and the York­shire In­no­va­tion Fund; she is cur­rently a mem­ber of the Univer­sity Court.

Speak­ing of the award, Ms Need­ham, in­set, said: “I’m very flat­tered and hum­bled to be hon­oured in this way.

“I’d like to think that my con­tri­bu­tion to the busi­ness com­mu­nity and eco­nomic success more gen­er­ally is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to our re­gion’s pros­per­ity, al­though I am just one of a big­ger team of peo­ple with the same ob­jec­tives in mind.” Her other non-exec roles in­clude act­ing as di­rec­tor of Leeds Busi­ness Im­prove­ment Dis­trict, Bri­tish Cham­bers of Com­merce board di­rec­tor, mem­ber of Brad­ford Eco­nomic Part­ner­ship, Brad­ford City of Film board mem­ber and deputy chair of Brad­ford Busi­ness Im­prove­ment Dis­trict.

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