Chamber names new chair

L-R: Jacky Swain, Kim Conchie and Laura Whyte

Cornwall Chamber of Commerce has welcomed a new chair of the board.

Laura Whyte is the MD of Whyfield, an independent accountancy practice in Truro, and has been the financial director of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce for nearly three years. She has now stepped up and taken over as chair from Jacky Swain.

Swain remains on the board and has been proffered huge thanks by the chamber team for her leadership and decision making over many years, as well as for mentoring Whyte into the role.

Whyte said: “In September 2019 I was asked to join the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce board as finance director and I’ve enjoyed every conversation and challenge that has come from this role.

“Almost three years on and I’m excited to be starting a new journey alongside the finance role as chair of the chamber. I’m looking forward to building my involvement and to be able to work with the board directors, chamber team and the members to shout about Cornwall and what a fantastic place it is for business. The chamber has some innovate ideas for the coming year and I’m delighted to be part of these.”

Chamber CEO Kim Conchie said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Laura Whyte is stepping into the chair role at Cornwall Chamber so ably filled by Jacky for many years.

“Laura will bring real energy, problem-solving and business connections to the role in addition to her financial acumen which she has been providing in the FD role and which she will continue to fulfil. This is an exciting moment for the chamber.”