President's Message February 206

Posted: 29th February 2016, 2:51pm

It is that time of the year once again where we hold our Annual General Meeting and reflect on the year just gone and look forward to the forthcoming year ahead.  We always try and make our AGM's as interesting as we possibly can whilst carrying out the important business of reporting to our members and electing our directors and this year is no exception. I am very excited that we will be welcoming Matt Adams, Editor of the Herts Advertiser, to speak at our AGM this year. Matt will share with us the trials and tribulations of being a local newspaper editor and discuss the challenges and opportunities which come with such a publicly prominent role. 

The AGM, which is being held at the Abbey Theatre, also provides the Board and I a fantastic opportunity to thank our members for their amazing support during the year just gone and to share with everyone our exciting plans for the rest of 2016 and beyond. If you haven't already booked yourself a place at the AGM, do book your place soon and share in what I am sure will be an insightful and informative evening. Attendance at the AGM only is free, if you are staying for the evenings networking then there is a small fee to pay which includes a buffet dinner and wine.

I am very fortunate as President to be supported by a very active board who represent a good cross-section of our economy and possess a broad range of skills. This year, Paul Marsden and Mark Worsencroft will be leaving the board and I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank them both for their work over the years which has made a huge contribution to the work of the chamber.  Whether it has been via sponsorship, leading on projects, running events or encouraging new members to join the chamber, their contribution has been tremendously valuable to us and I wish them both all the very best in their future endeavours.  

Whilst the board continues to reflect our economy, I am always keen to hear from anybody who feels they would be able to make a tangible contribution to our work and therefore, if you feel that you would like to become a director of the Chamber, may I encourage you to email myself or Lisa and we would be more than happy to chat with you about the opportunity. I look forward to seeing you all at the Abbey Theatre on Wednesday 23 March and also at our curry night next Thursday at Chilli Bar Kitchen.

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