Business Representation Strengthened as Sheffield Chamber Welcomes New Non-Executive Directors to its Board

10th February 2021

Sheffield Chamber are delighted to announce that, after a rigorous recruitment process, five new Non-Executive Directors (NED) will be joining its Board of Directors in March 2021.

Working alongside existing board members, these new business leaders will drive forward the new vision for Sheffield Chamber and ensure the Chamber becomes more representative of the diversity of Sheffield’s business community.

Representing the cities digital sector, the Chamber welcomes Emma Marshall, Operations Director of 3Squared Ltd and Dan Kirkland, Co-founder and Director of Tribepad. The Chamber also welcomes James Berry, Partner at Freeths LLP and Martin McKervey, Director of AESSEAL plc and Vulcan Engineering Ltd. In addition, the Chamber will welcome Faaiza Ramji, Principal of OnPurpose, a marketing strategy firm based in Edmonton, Canada. Faaiza is understood to be Sheffield Chamber’s first Non-Executive Director from overseas in the organisation’s 164-year-old history.

James Needham, Non-Executive Director and Board Chair, said:

“The board have been delighted with the calibre of the candidates who applied for NED roles with the Chamber. The high standard of all of the applicants was yet more evidence of the depth and breadth of talent in our city across a variety of sectors and industries. The whole recruitment process has only added to our resolve to drive the Chamber forward and represent our members and the region to the best of our ability. We are fortunate that every one of the new NEDs will improve and challenge the existing board and we cannot wait to welcome our new colleagues.”

Matt Jackson, President of Sheffield Chamber, added:

“We look forward to welcoming our new Non-Executive Directors. The selection process has been thorough and rigorous to ensure we change the dynamic of the board as we turn the Chamber of the Future into a reality.

“Our new Directors bring a diverse range of skills, from a wide range of industries, with the digital sector now being represented at board level for the first time with Dan Kirkland from Tribepad and Emma Marshall from 3Squared. It’s the first time we also welcome someone from overseas in Faaiza Ramji. Sheffield is a global city and the Chamber wanted to ensure our Board has a global outlook and benefits from insight from overseas.”

Louisa Harrison-Walker, Interim Executive Director at Sheffield Chamber, said:

“The Chamber has had some great business leaders sit on its board over the years. We thank them for their commitment. Particularly Steve Manley from Universal Office Products, and a Past President, and Ian Brown from Wosskow Brown, who both made a decision to step down late last year.

“As the Chamber continues to grow and think differently, the recruitment of our new board members is a key milestone as we look to build the strongest Chamber of Commerce in the UK.

“I look forward to welcoming Dan, Emma, Faaiza, Martin and James to their first meeting in March which will now take place across 7 time zones.”

Learn more about the board

Image caption (left to right): Martin McKervey, James Berry, Emma Marshall, Dan Kirkland and Faaiza Ramji.

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