York & North Yorkshire Chamber has appointed Edward Everard as its new Vice-President.
Ed will support President, Suzanne Burnett in the Chamber’s representing and lobbying work on behalf of local business. He will also deputise for Suzanne including chairing the York and North Yorkshire Chamber Leadership Group and in media relations.
Ed is sales and marketing director of York technology specialist Saville Audio Visual. He was born in York and after a number of jobs started with John Saville and Sons photographic shop in Goodramgate in 1970. He quickly transferred to the audio visual side of the business, initially in sales then sales management to become MD of one of the company’s first regional offices in Hull in 1981. Ed moved back to York, joining the main board in 1986 and was part of the team which completed a management buyout from the Saville family in 1996.
A passionate perfectionist, his successful sales and marketing career in the hi-tech professional audio visual market has helped Saville to build a turnover in excess of £40m and a unique nationwide network of offices, winning 29 national industry awards in the past 14 years.
Speaking about the Chamber and his new role, Ed says: “Life has been good to me. I’ve worked hard but also been really lucky to have been given many opportunities to develop my career. There is firm evidence the truly awful recession is now behind us and I’m keen to do my bit for the local economy, especially helping new start-ups to develop and prosper. I feel privileged to have been invited to work more closely with the Chamber.”
Suzanne Burnett added: “We are delighted to have Ed on board. He has a great deal of business experience and will be a great asset to the Chamber. I look forward to working with him over coming months. This is an exciting time for York & North Yorkshire Chamber following the merger with Bradford Chamber and we are looking forward to the new opportunities this will bring for businesses in the area.”
York & North Yorkshire Chamber is part of the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.