About Us

Our Team

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Sharon Smith

Chief Executive

Sharon has been Chief Executive of Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce since 1 April 2017. Previously, she worked at the Chamber for 10 years and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in 2014.

Before this, Sharon spent 13 years working for Business Link in Herefordshire and seven years working for a Manufacturing company in Hereford. She also achieved an MBA from the University of Worcester in 2009.

Sharon is passionate about supporting local businesses and looks forward to building on the success of the Chamber and strengthening its partnership with businesses in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Robert Elliot

Directors

Director of Business Engagement & Development

Tanya Cunningham

Directors

Director of Finance & Corporate Services

Dawn Hardman

Director

Director of HR

Karin Bauer

Executive Assistant to CEO

Marie Ganderton

Business Engagement

Sales and Customer Service Manager

Adriana Geary

Business Engagement

Business Engagement Executive, Worcestershire

Ash Williams

Business Engagement

Business Engagement Executive, Worcestershire

Anne-Marie Jepson

Business Engagement

Account Executive, Worcestershire

Elizabeth Hardman

Business Engagement

Account Executive, Herefordshire

Oliver Trevitt

Business Engagement

Membership Executive

Simon Helmer

Business Engagement

Energy & Resource Efficiency Advisor

Lisa Titshall

Policy & Public Affairs

Policy, Research & Public Affairs Executive

Arjun Heir

Policy & Public Affairs

Policy Executive

Alison Avery

International Trade

International Trade Advisior & Team Manager

Naomi Steemson

International Trade

International Trade Advisor

Nick Corley

International Trade Advisor

International Trade

 

Gail Dendy de Santos

International Trade

International Trade Advisor

Emma Harris

International Trade

Export Documentation Advisor

Fiona McLean

International Trade

Export Documentation Advisor

Natalie McFadden

International Trade

Customs Declaration Officer

 

Olivia Williams

Events & Training

Events & Training Manager

Yasmin Bent

Events & Training

Senior Events Co-ordinator

 

Hayley Giles

Events & Training

Events Co-ordinator

Amanda Swingewood

Events & Training

Training Coordinator

Rahim Bas

Marketing & Communications

PR & Communications Executive

Hannah Giles

Marketing & Communications

Digital Marketing Executive

Abigail Robbins Senior

Human Resources

HR Executive

Rowena Kendrick

Corporate Services

Finance Manager

Jenny Madzarevic

Corporate Services

Senior Finance Executive

Pauline Griffiths

Corporate Services

Credit Controller

Julie Weston

Corporate Services

Quality Executive

Tracie Knight

Corporate Services

Premises & IT Executive

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Our Board

The Chamber is a private, not for profit, membership organisation with a board made up of five people who determine the strategy and regularly review activity and progress.

Jim McBride

Chairman

Jim has a wide range of experience across several industrial sectors in large and medium sized organisations both here in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and abroad. He thought that by joining the Board of the Chamber he could bring his experience to good use.

His particular passion is for our manufacturing businesses to get the recognition they deserve and help when needed. He says: “As a country we do not credit ourselves with being the 6/7th largest manufacturing country in the world. It is our best kept secret, that needs to change! Let’s get to the positives rather than the negatives to drive UKplc forward”.

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Sharon Smith

Chief Executive

Sharon has been Chief Executive of Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce since 1 April 2017. Previously, she worked at the Chamber for 10 years and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in 2014. Before this, Sharon spent 13 years working for Business Link in Herefordshire and seven years working for a Manufacturing company in Hereford. She also achieved an MBA from the University of Worcester in 2009.

Sharon is passionate about supporting local businesses and looks forward to building on the success of the Chamber and strengthening its partnership with businesses in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

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Ben Mannion

President

After graduating with a degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge, Ben started his recruitment career with a national agency in Birmingham before joining Hewett Recruitment in 2009. Becoming a Director in 2013, Ben’s role sees him work closely with client’s CEOs / MDs, HR Teams and Hiring Managers, designing bespoke recruitment solutions and SLAs to ensure compliance with legislation and delivery of KPIs.

Outside of his role with Hewett Recruitment, Ben is also Chair of the Worcestershire LEP’s Connecting Schools & Business Board, as well as sitting on the main Employment & Skills Board, the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Prince’s Trust Committee, the ReWyre Board and is also a Worcestershire Ambassador.

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Chris Walklett

Chair of the Worcestershire Area Council and Vice President, Worcestershire

Creative and connected, Chris is a growth-orientated partner with an international focus, responsible for Bishop Fleming’s West Midlands based tax team. His background includes roles in practice and in industry with multi-national organisations such as EasyJet. In addition to working with clients directly across a number of areas, Chris has worked with clients across a number of technology sectors, including several years working in Cambridge, is heavily involved with Malvern Hills Science Park in his role as Strategic Finance Director and is an Advisory board member and founder of Worcestershire’s BetaDen Tech Incubator. He is also the Director of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, working with the rest of the board to successfully tender for the award of the UK Government’s 5G test-bed, based at Malvern Hills Science Park.

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Mark Smith

Chair of the Herefordshire Area Council and Vice President, Herefordshire

Mark is an experienced banker and has worked for Lloyds Banking Group for 36 years, across a range of retail, commercial, risk, and operational management roles.  Currently, Relationship Director with primary responsibility for 60 SME clients, typically with annual sales of £10-£25M and/or debt requirements of c£2M+ within the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Area.

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