We have announced the appointment of new Chief Executive Martin Hathaway who replaces former Executive Director Andrew Choi, who will be leaving the Chamber in September.
Martin is the former Chief Executive of Yorkshire and Humberside Chambers of Commerce, and takes up the new role with immediate effect in order to ensure the continued success of the Chamber and its associated company, the West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency (WYEA).
We operate throughout Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, and former Executive Director Andrew Choi has worked hard to develop the organisation since his appointment in 2009, during which time membership has increased due to rebranding and continuous improvements to its membership benefits offer. Our Annual Dinner is now established at the forefront in the Yorkshire region, and last year we celebrated our 160th Anniversary. The MY Export Hub has become a highly-respected International Trade support service and the MY Network partnership, along with MY Conferences, has positioned the Chamber at the heart of the regions business community.
In addition, the West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency is proud to have supported over 2,000 entrepreneurs who have started new businesses through the New Enterprise Allowance Programme; and the WYEA Loan Fund continues to provide much-needed access to affordable finance for small businesses throughout the region.
Chamber Chairman David Horsman comments: “On behalf of the Board, and all Chamber members and staff, I would like to thank Andrew Choi for his commitment to the Chamber and the business communities throughout our region. We welcome our new Chief Executive Martin Hathaway, and look forward to building on our efforts to support the future growth of businesses in Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. Finally, we all wish Andrew all the best with his future endeavours.”