The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has named former Mayor of Truro, Lorrie Eathorne-Gibbons, as the new chairman of the Cornwall Region of the FSB.
Eathorne-Gibbons, who as well as Mayor of Truro and chairman of Truro City Council, was agent for a former Prime Minister, a Northern Ireland Minister and a Government Chief Whip. She was an Ambassador for Macmillan Cancer Support, and is well qualified to take over at the helm of the 6,000 strong FSB membership in Cornwall.
Following the FSB’s AGM at the Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth this weekend, Eathorne-Gibbons said: “Having had both a building business and, since 1974, been involved in the tourism industry, owning first a hotel and later guesthouses, I am aware of all that affects small businesses. I am honoured to take over as chairman from Carol Wells who has been an excellent leader and has strengthened our links with not only local organisations but also national groups in her position of FSB National Vice Chairman.
“It is my wish to continue to work outside the Organisation and also to be a member of a cohesive, motivated and inclusive team within. These are very difficult times in which we all need to work together, Regional Committee, Staff and Recruiters, to help our members. Small businesses are the bedrock of our County and a vital aid to our recovery.”
Outgoing regional chairman, Carol Wells, said: “I am pleased to be leaving the Regional Chairman’s position in such safe hands. I shall still be very much involved in the FSB both locally and nationally and look forward to working with Lorrie and our partner organisations in the future.”