Chris Plant will be joining Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce full time from 14th March as deputy chief executive.
Chris has been working at the Chambers on a part-time basis since 2014, heading up the membership, marketing and events teams. During this time, Chris has also been divisional director for Cannock Chase and Burton & District at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, a position he has held for the past ten years.
Chris started his career as an apprentice marketing and events coordinator for Southern Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce in 2008, having also previously worked in business support for Lichfield District Council.
After moving to Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce as marketing manager, Chris was approached for a senior role as divisional director for both the Cannock and Burton Chambers, a position he has dedicated himself to for the last 10 years.
Chris said: “I am, and have always been, Chamber through and through. The Chamber has invested in me, and I am privileged to have been offered a position, I just couldn’t refuse, as deputy chief executive at Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce.
“The last few years have been the toughest in decades for business. During my time working in the Chamber movement, I have seen businesses face a financial crisis, the division and uncertainty caused by Brexit and the pandemic.
“Business support has never been more crucial, and Chambers play a huge, understated role in bridging the gap between business and the government as well as providing world class services and support.
“It was a career highlight and an honour to be a part of the team at Staffordshire Chambers that was named Chamber of the Year at the British Chambers of Commerce’s annual Chamber Business Awards 2021.
“I am now looking forward to working with Sara Williams and the Staffordshire Chambers team, supporting Staffordshire’s great businesses and strengthening our economy.”
Sara Williams said: “Chris and I were both lucky enough to have worked for a great boss, Peter Ralphs, from whom we both learned a lot. Peter was the chief executive of both Liverpool and South Staffordshire Chambers.”
“He has been a real asset to the Chambers these past few years and I am delighted he accepted the offer to come to us on a full-time basis. Chris already has the respect of his team and our members and his passion for supporting business will be a great asset.”