THE GREATER Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) has appointed a Birmingham lawyer as its chair.
Greg Lowson has taken over the role after David Waller, who stepped down earlier this year after being appointed the Chamber’s first chairman 12 years ago.
Greg is Pinsent Masons’ Birmingham office managing partner and a partner in the dispute resolution and litigation group in Birmingham.
He served as Chamber president from October 2014 to October 2016, becoming the first to introduce a two-year term of office for the position.
Greg said: “I would like to thank David for his stewardship, wise counsel and leadership. I will do my best to continue the high standards he has set.
“It is accordingly in an unrivalled position to advocate the needs of business and to give it a recognised and respected voice.
“We are in for a challenging year or two economically when businesses will need the voice of the Chamber more than ever.
“Notwithstanding the economic challenge, there is a real opportunity for the region through levelling up and the current devolution deal that the West Midlands Combined Authority is preparing to bid for.”
Three new non-executive directors with expertise in the media, technology and business transformation have been appointed to the Chamber board.
Ruth Pipkin brings 20 years’ experience in marketing and communications, having worked both in-house for the Home Office and in-agency before setting up Birmingham-based consultancy Rewired in 2008.
She is joined by Charlie Blakemore, group managing director of Intercity, the Birmingham-based technology solutions firm, and Amardeep Gill is a partner at national and international law firm Trowers and Hamlins who specialises in advising the government, public bodies and businesses on transformation or business-critical projects.
Henrietta Brealey, chief executive of the GBCC, said: “The GBCC board plays a key role in developing the strategic direction of the Chamber and I am delighted to be welcoming further leading business representatives to this critical group.
“Each of our newly appointed chair and non-executive directors brings a unique skill set and perspectives that will support the Chamber in delivering its mission to Connect, Support and Grow local businesses through these complex times.”