Alexis Krachai


A note from our president: 

I agreed to become the Chamber President back in 2018. 6 years on, 1 pandemic later and including 2 years running the Chamber on an interim basis with Louisa,  I finally put the chain on in January.

I’m lucky to be able to hit the ground running but also mindful it takes time to find your feet as you take on a new role in a very familiar organisation.

I’ve 3 priorities. 

  1. Support the Chamber as it grows from strength to strength. My focus is on defining the role of the President so those who follow me get the most from the experience and the role grows in profile across the business community and the wider city. 
  2. Priority 2 is to keep pressing on with Sheffield City Goals. My current focus is on working with partners across the city to upgrade how the Council and organisations like the Chamber work more closely together to have real impact across our city. I call this the rewiring project.
  3. Priority 3 is about making the case for more investment into culture. To get our city buzzing morning, noon and night needs more cash pumped into cultural activities and events. A buzzing city helps to grow the economy and local businesses. I am currently leading on raising £120,000 to unlock over £1m of government funding for local cultural organisations. More on that soon.

That’s just a summary of what I am up to. Where I am needed, I am delighted to represent our members at locally and around the country.

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Alexis is currently Managing Director of Counter Context. The company is a leading communications and public affairs company that specialises in helping clients to consult, engage and promote. Our work builds understanding and trust in organisations, ideas and projects.

Alexis has spent the last 15 years working in communications, stakeholder engagement, community consultation and public policy research. He has considerable experience of designing and delivering comprehensive communications and engagement programmes on behalf of government agencies and private companies. His experience extends across a broad range of policy areas including corporate communications, residential development, commercial development, transport, energy generation and infrastructure.

Alexis helped found the Sheffield Property Association (S-PA). It’s the only formally constituted property association outside of London. Alexis has helped spearhead the growth of this organisation, building relationships with industry professionals to achieve the S-PA’s long-term goals of informing policymakers, promoting investment and driving economic prosperity across Sheffield. In the two years since it was founded, the S-PA has gained over 70 members which, between them, represent £4 billion worth of assets in Sheffield and are responsible for 22,700 jobs in the city region.

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