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We Are Wakefield announce new Managing Director

Published 21st Dec 2021 by Marketing

We Are Wakefield (WAW) have announced the appointment of Claire Sutherley as Managing Director.


This appointment follows the Wakefield-based organisations continued growth plans following their rebrand in January from Wakefield Bondholders.

Claire Sutherley comes from Wakefield Council’s Wakefield First team which has supported thousands of businesses during the past eighteen months. Claire has significant experience working closely with businesses in the district, supporting them with their growth plans, securing funding and accessing new clients.

Clare Sutherley, Managing Director of We are Wakefield said, “I am extremely excited to be joining the We are Wakefield team as Managing Director in January”.

“I will be looking to build on the great relationships that already exist between Wakefield businesses and provide a firm footing for a business community that engages, has value, and inspires”.

“I realise the importance of a support network when running a business as it can be a very lonely place indeed, I look forward to being part of that network and working districtwide to help our businesses thrive.”

We are Wakefield is a membership organisation that offer Wakefield businesses tangible support by connecting the business community and providing a number of schemes to help support business growth and development in Wakefield. The We Are Wakefield team provide members with access to exclusive events, networking opportunities, workshops and grow talent through their peer support and one-of-a-kind mentoring programme.

Craig Shepherd chair of We Are Wakefield said, “In line with our strategy for growth, we have recruited a Managing Director who will be able to drive the business forward and provide the members of We Are Wakefield with consistency”.

“Our ‘GrowIN’ strand is now on track to launch in 2022 and with Claire’s considerable experience of supporting key leaders to grow their businesses and develop we have a clear opportunity to make a difference across the district”.

“Everyone you speak to has nothing but superlatives to say about Claire and we are very lucky to have her onboard. Roll on January!”.

For more information on We Are Wakefield visit their website here: We Are Wakefield Representing diverse sectors around Wakefield and Five Towns

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