New president proud to take role at ‘pivotal’ time

MAKING PLANS Andrew Finney, the new chairman of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
MAKING PLANS Andrew Finney, the new chairman of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

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HAMPSHIRE Chamber of Commerce has appointed a new president following the death of Dick Oram at the end of last year.

One of Andrew Finney’s first messages was to thank Adrian Leach, director of the Hampshire chamber, who stood in.

Following on from a career in a variety of roles, Andrew became the managing director of HCR Group in Basingstoke more than 20 years ago.

He is currently chairman of the board at Anvil Arts, a member of the LEP Enterprise M3, is a past board member of South East England Development Agency and former leader of Basingstoke and Deane District Council, where he was a member for 10 years and in the cabinet for seven.

Andrew said: ‘A lot of work has gone on recently to position the chamber as the leading voice and force for business throughout Hampshire and I am proud to take on the role of president at this pivotal time.

‘As a member-led organisation, I am committed to ensuring we accurately represent the views of our members locally and on the national stage, that we provide them with the support and services that they need in order to be successful, and that there is recognition that Hampshire businesses deliver a huge amount to the national economy across a broad range of business sectors.’

‘I will be engaging with the members, and working closely with the board, executive and staff to realise our plans.

‘We have a really strong story to sell as to what we can deliver as a county.’

The chamber’s chief executive, Stewart Dunn, said: ‘We feel privileged to have Andrew as our president.

‘He has served as chairman of South East Diamonds for Investment in Growth, on a housing association board, been chairman of governors at a comprehensive school, and of course has given a great deal during his political career.

‘Throughout his career in business, whether as an employee or an employer, he has always believed in putting something back.’