University honour for Chamber boss Sandy
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.