New Chief Executive Appointed

At an exciting point in the future development of Plymouth and Devon Chamber of Commerce and its varied activities, the Chair, Richard Stevens, today announced the appointment of Stuart Elford as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The Chamber Board recently oversaw a rigorous recruitment process for a new Chief Executive and the British Chambers of Commerce accredited Chamber is now embarking on a development plan which will see it move to new business premises within Plymouth and begin to expand the breadth and variety of its services to support the regional business community.

Stuart Elford is a highly experienced and well-known professional in Plymouth and regional business circles, having served as a Director on the Chamber Board for a number of years, run his own successful PR and marketing business, as well as undertaking the role of Chair of St Luke’s Hospice, a £10m turnover charity, for 7 years.

Stuart began his career as a police officer and is now a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMgr, FCMI), having spent the last five years as Director of Operations and Development at GA Solicitors in Plymouth.

Incoming CEO Stuart Elford said:

It is truly an honour and a privilege to be selected as the new CEO for Plymouth and Devon Chamber of Commerce at what is an exciting time for the organisation.

There is a lot we can do to further engage with our members, add value and improve the membership experience, as well as continue the excellent work already done in joining together with other business organisations to promote our city, county and region. 

I look forward to meeting as many of our members, affiliates, patrons and stakeholders as possible in the coming months and working with you all – there is so much we can achieve together.”

Plymouth and Devon Chamber of Commerce Chair, Richard Stevens, commenting on the appointment said: “On behalf of the Chamber Board and its members, I am thrilled to be welcoming Stuart to the organisation, as his breadth and depth of experience in the public, private and third sectors is invaluable for the changing world in which we work these days. 

Stuart beat stiff competition to be appointed and we are confident that his combination of business acumen, commercial understanding, excellent networking skills and strong relationships in the region will benefit the Chamber, its members and the business community.”

Stuart Elford will take up the position of Chamber CEO at the beginning of October.

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