The Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce, Dale Edwards, has stepped down after two and a half years in charge. An interim CEO has been appointed by the Board of Directors, as the search for a successor begins.
Greg Saunders, Chair of Somerset Chamber, said: “It is with regret that the Board have accepted Dale’s resignation from his post of Chief Executive of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce. Dale has carried out the role with dedication and enthusiasm; the Board and all the team would like to thank him for everything he’s achieved. We wish him every happiness and success as he commences the next stage of his career and spends quality time with his family. He will be missed.”
Commenting on his resignation, Dale Edwards said, “The unique challenge of leading Somerset Chamber of Commerce over the last two and a half years has been varied and rewarding. I am exceptionally proud to have placed the Chamber on a firm financial footing; driven the re-positioning of the Chamber in terms of new vision, aims, branding and communications; and had the privilege of growing and developing a talented and dedicated team.
“However, the time is right for me to step down for personal reasons, to support and spend time with my family. As a result, I will be exploring opportunities that offer greater flexibility for my work-life balance, which could include interim roles and a portfolio career. I leave safe in the knowledge that the Chamber is well positioned for the future, thanking the Board, team and Chamber members for their support, and taking away great memories and business friendships formed.”
Somerset Chamber of Commerce is one of only five accredited Chambers in the South West and 53 in the whole of the UK.
It works closely with the British Chambers of Commerce to make sure Somerset businesses stay well connected at both a local and national level, and that the voices of the Somerset business community are heard at all levels of government.