Friday, November 11, 2016

News: Chamber elects new president


Lisa Pogson of Rotherham-based Airmaster Air Conditioning Ltd has officially become the president of Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.

"Unlike America, we can elect a female president," joked outgoing president Paul Jagger MBE at the Chamber's AGM this week. The appointment marks the first woman president since the merger of the two chambers.

Lisa joined the chamber as a member in 2011, and has since become a member of Representation Council, Chair of the Chambers Audit & Finance Committee and also an active member of the Women in Business group. She was named as president elect at the end of 2015. A former Rotherham College student and lecturer, Lisa is a STEM ambassador, promoting engineering to the future workforce, and is heavily involved with innovative Rotherham-based literacy charity, Grimm & Co.

Based at Swallownest, Airmaster design, install and maintain bespoke, energy efficient heating and air conditioning systems for a range of market sectors. In 1992, turnover was £80k – now turnover is £12m.


At the event, hosted by Aston Hall Hotel, Pogson gave thanks to members of the board and staff at the chamber for their support, now and going forward.

Lisa Pogson, president of Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, said: "I've been thinking about what the focus will be for the chamber and what my legacy will be but I haven't got a clue! In the last few months we've had Brexit, a new Prime Minister and now Trump. My head is in a spin!

"One thing I want to focus on is confidence. Confidence in our businesses and exports, confidence in our skills and confidence in the long term investment in property. I also want to celebrate balance, the importance of women on boards, our young people and continued collaboration."

Andrew Denniff, chief executive at Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce said. "I am delighted that Lisa has been appointed our President and I look forward to working closely with her over the next two years, during what will be an exciting time for everyone here at the Chamber."

The focus for the chamber is likely to follow on from the work done under past president Paul Jagger in his two year tenure - a continued focus on members, infrastructure in the region (such as HS2 and broadband) and the South Yorkshire chambers responding to the Sheffield city region and devolution.

The new president was welcomed by the Mayor of Rotherham at the event supported by NatWest.

Also at the event Anne Wilson MBE from Numill Engineering and Mark Broxholme, now of Swallow Consulting, were named as non-executive directors of the chamber with Broxholme joining Mathew Stephens of Quest Property in becoming vice-presidents.

BR Chamber website

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