New faces for Chamber Board

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has some new blood on its Board.

The group that represents and supports businesses in Bradford, Leeds, York & North Yorkshire has gained two new directors.  Andrew Digwood of Rollitts solicitors and Suzanne Watson of Approach PR were both elected by members and took up their posts in July.  Ed Everard of Saville Audio Visual has stood down.Andrew Digwood

Andrew has worked in dispute resolution since 2004, acting for a range of clients including corporates, charities and educational institutions. His work includes tenancy litigation, copyright and design infringement, and professional negligence matters.  He has been a partner with the firm since 2012.  Andrew is a trustee of Leeds University Union and away from work his interests include motorsport, reading military history and cricket.

Suzanne joins the Board by virtue of becoming Vice-President of Bradford Chamber.  The Ilkley-based business woman has run Approach PR since its creation in 2001.  Specialising in advising clients on strategy, objectives and delivering powerful social and traditional media content, Suzanne has more than two decades of expertise in business-to-business and business-to-consumer sectors, representing brands including GlaxoSmithKline, Northern Foods, Acorn Stairlifts and Delifrance.

Suzanne WatsonStephen Wright, Chairman of the Chamber Board and Managing Director of Thorite, said of the appointments:

“While we are sad to lose Ed, we are pleased to recruit people of the quality of both Andrew and Suzanne.  They are both keenly dedicated and successful business people with knowledge and experience in abundance.  These appointments can only strengthen what is already a first-class Board of Directors, to help steer and guide the Chamber as it continues to deliver quality services that connect, support and represent businesses in our patch and beyond.”

The role of the Board of Directors is to advise, challenge and ensure the business of the Chamber is run in a sustainable way for the long-term benefit of members, and act as ambassadors for West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.