Derbyshire chamber boss steps down

George Cowcher Chamber of commerce
George Cowcher Chamber of commerce
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The boss of the chamber which promotes the interests of businesses in Derbyshire has stepped down from the role.

George Cowcher, chief executive of East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), has taken the decision in order to pursue new career opportunities.

He indicated his intention to stand down in early June and his formal notice was accepted by the Chamber’s board of directors at a meeting on June 16.

He had just returned from a planned holiday to the US and agreed with the board to leave the Chamber with immediate effect.

Mr Cowcher said: “When I came to the East Midlands in 2006, I was appointed to create a regional Chamber for the region which would have real clout and be able to work on behalf of the world class companies located here.

“That job is now almost complete and it is time for me to move on and look for a new challenge.

“I thank the many individuals, companies, organisations and colleagues who have helped me over the years. I wish the Chamber well for the future.”

The board has moved to strengthen the Chamber’s management by promoting head of information and representation Chris Hobson to director of policy and external affairs. A new chief executive is yet to be recruited.

Liz Fothergill CBE, chamber president, thanked Mr Cowcher for his ‘commitment and dedication’ and paid tribute to him for successfully overseeing the merger between the former Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chambers of Commerce.