New chamber directors have now been elected
THE boss of a PR company and the founder of a coaching firm have been elected as directors of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Emma Taynton-Young, of Tamar Science Park-based Fireproof PR and Steve Scott, of Stoke's CSP Coaching, were announced as new board members at the Chamber's 199th annual meeting, this year held at the National Marine Aquarium.
Mrs Taynton-Young has 15 years' communications experience gained in various roles in multi-national agencies, mutual and public sector organisations including McDonald's, National Express and The Co-operative Bank.
She set up Fireproof PR in May last year and now works with a variety of businesses in Plymouth.
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Mr Scott is co-founder of CSP Coaching LLP, a partnership providing personal, business and executive coaching and training services.
He has also been involved in setting up two new Plymouth-based businesses, Blue Lollipop Media Ltd and Lodestone Coaching Academy Ltd, which concentrates on training managers and leaders to become coaches within their organisations.
Mrs Taynton-Young and Mr Scott replace two directors who have stepped down: Andy Price, managing director of law firm Bright LLP, and Viv Gillespie, who left her job as principal of City College Plymouth at the end of 2011.
More than 40 attendees attended the annual meeting, at which results of the election were announced.
Re-elected to the board were Tim Jones, chairmen of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership; Charles Evans, from accountancy firm Francis Clark; Ian Potts, from architecture practice ADG; Ian Brokenshire of audit, tax and advisory service KPMG; and solicitor Guy Walker, from Nash and Co.
Mr Evans has the policy development portfolio, Mr Potts has the patrons portfolio, Mr Brokenshire is vice chairman, and Mr Walker holds the transport portfolio.
Each board member is elected for a three-year term.
Also on the board are chairman Douglas Fletcher; Communications portfolio holder Richard Smith, from Bright LLP; events and training portfolio holder Rob Guy, from Outset Finance; membership portfolio holder David Williams, of Redrok; and Caroline Mitchell, of law firm Beers LLP, who holds the HR portfolio.
Three new directors have also been co-opted to the board for a year: Jacqui Shaw, of Corraline Health; Nina Sarlaka, of City College Plymouth; and Carolyn Giles, of Hardwick HR.
Nominees who were not elected this time were Tom Marrow, of Tamar HR, and Steve Whiteway, of Alpha:Logic.
David Parlby, Chamber chief executive, said: "It is very encouraging to see the level of support continuing for our long established directors who provide a very welcome range of expertise and experience to the board.
"At the same time it is good to see a number of new directors coming on to the board who will introduce new perspectives to our thinking.
"I am particularly pleased that we have so swiftly addressed the gender imbalance that arose recently.
"Overall the new board will cover an even wider range of interests and that has to be very good news for Plymouth's business community."