Leeds Annual Lunch 2016

New faces join Leadership Group

Leeds’ leading business support group has some new faces on its main policy-making body.

The city’s Chamber of Commerce elected new business representatives onto its Leadership Group at its annual election meeting earlier this month. The group meets bi-monthly to focus on business needs and concerns in the city, and how to lobby for improvements. Other partners such as the local authority sit on the group, which is chaired by President, Gerald Jennings.

The meeting confirmed the election or re-election of the following representatives.

• Adam Beaumont                AQL
• Amanda Beresford            Shulmans LLP (new)
• Helen Green                       Town Centre Securities
• Ian Bilyard                           Leeds College of Building
• Marcus Mills                        The Big Word (new)
• Nik Pratap                            Brewster Pratap (new)
• Hanif Malik OBE                Hamara HLC (co-opted)

L-R: Paula Dillon (Vice-President), Gerald Jennings (President), Nick Pratap, Amanda Beresford

L-R: Paula Dillon (Vice-President), Gerald Jennings (President), Nick Pratap, Amanda Beresford

Amanda Beresford, Partner and Head of Planning at Shulmans LLP, said:

“I am delighted to be joining the Leadership Group. I am looking forward to helping the Chamber continue as the voice of the business community and working with others towards the best possible future for Leeds – a city I have studied, worked or lived in all my adult life.”

Nik Pratap, a partner with recruitment firm Brewster Pratap, added:

“I’m looking forward to being more involved with the Chamber’s policy development activities. These are interesting times for being in business. We have some testing challenges but also exciting opportunities coming up in the city, and if I can contribute to Leeds’ future success, I will.”

Marcus Mills, Director of the language service provider thebigword, confirmed that:

“Leeds Chamber is renowned for getting things done to make the city better for business, so I’m flattered to be asked to get involved in this way. Being in Leeds and involved with the Chamber has been good for thebigword so I’m happy to put something back.”

The election meeting was followed by a lunch addressed by branch manager of soon-to-open John Lewis store, James Prince.

Written on 29th July 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, Members news, News, Policy & lobbying