East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce announce the addition of nine new members of staff across the Chamber team over the past few months.

Joining the Chamber’s International Business department are Emily Simpson and Angela De Simone, both in the role of International Business Administrator. The Chamber’s Finance and Policy department are also pleased to welcome Jennifer Downie as their new Apprentice Finance Assistant.

Emily commented:

“I was a Sixth Form leaver when I started working at the chamber; I’m so grateful for all the training and insight I’ve received since being here, especially since it is my first job and all my colleagues have been so helpful and friendly!”

Angela said:

“I’m looking forward to the new challenges ahead working here at ELCC and being able to assist local businesses and transport companies with the knowledge gained as an Exporter for the last 19 years.”

Speaking of her new opportunity, Jennifer said:

“I became a stay-at-home mum during Covid 2020 but wanted to get back into the workplace, so this opportunity could not have been more perfect for me and my family.

“The team has been great welcoming me and I am excited to earn my place and continue to grow!”

Chamber Low Carbon welcomes Sobia Khurram and Segun Odeyingbo as Energy & Environment Advisors.

Speaking on joining the Chamber’s sustainability team, Sobia said:

“It is my pleasure to join Chamber Low Carbon at ELCC because I always want to work for the environment. This is the best platform for me to play my role for the betterment of environment.”

Segun added:

“Working at ELCC gives me the opportunity to contribute to the sustainability journey.”

Neha Sahail has also supported the Low Carbon team in the role of Administration Assistant at a time of exciting growth.

Neha commented:

“I’ve always wanted to better the environment and working at ELCC has provided me that platform. It has also provided me with knowledge, experience, and a supportive team.”

Stuart Thompson also joins the RedCAT initiative – the Lancashire Centre for Alternative Technologies – as Consultant Managing Director, with Jamie-Parker Jervis bolstering the team as Policy & Market Research Officer.

Stuart said:

“The chance to work with RedCAT and help companies commercialise low carbon technologies is a unique and exciting opportunity.

“I am very much looking forward to joining the team.”

Jamie commented:

“I am glad to be working in the RedCAT team, this is a great opportunity for me to combine my interest in policy and low carbon technology.

“This is an exciting time to be working for the Chamber, particularly in such a fast-paced and challenging role.

“I am looking forward to continuing my development here in such a supportive environment.”

Meanwhile, previous new starters have already strengthened the Chamber team over the past few months.

Marissa Martin has become intrinsic to the Membership department in her role as Membership Support and Business Health Matters Coordinator, and will now be a familiar face welcoming you to all networking events.

Speaking of her time at the Chamber, Marissa said:

“Joining the Membership Team while still at university seemed challenging at first, however this past year has been such a rewarding experience.

“The relationships and learning that come with the job are both refreshing and engaging, and I’m grateful for the continuous support from my team towards my professional development.”

Reflecting on the team’s substantial growth, Miranda Barker OBE, Chief Executive Officer of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said:

“It’s wonderful to see the Chamber’s team growing, building our capacity to support our local East Lancashire firms to ever-increasing success, but also growing our Chamber family, welcome all!”

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