I must say how much I enjoyed our March meeting. It was an occasion filled with all sorts of emotions. I found Tricia’s video of her sky diving antics both inspirational and amusing. Clare, our speaker from the Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust, moved me with her talk and film about young cancer patients’ battles to regain their confidence and get reacquainted with society following their treatment.
Stuart’s auctioneering skills were put to the test and also moved me (closer to my bank manager!) All in all it was a good day and I know that the Trust were very grateful for the extra money raised. Thank you to all who took part and especially to those who donated such fantastic auction prizes.
This months meeting is fast approaching and our speaker Stewart Dunn will be talking to us about his role as CEO of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. He has had a varied career and I am sure that his views on our local economy will be viewed with interest. Whilst I appreciate that many of us will have had a disjointed month due to the Easter break, it would be nice to see as many of you as possible at this meeting. The numbers over the last few months have been good and many of our members have reported that our Association works, in building trusts and long term relationships with each other, and is now proving successful for them. It was rewarding for all of us to hear the praise members were bestowing on each other for the services that they had experienced.
When inviting guests I feel that it is important to explain to them how the Association works, this way we may encourage applications from likeminded business people wishing to join as long term members.
As always I look forward to welcoming you and your guests.
This Month’s Speaker
Stewart Dunn was appointed CEO of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce in February 2014 having extensive business knowledge following a career in Regional Newspapers starting as a management trainee in the North of England. He became advertisement and sales director of The Weekly Group of Newspapers based in Harrogate and was later made Managing Director of the groups free newspaper division. He was also instrumental in setting up the licence and launching of a local commercial radio station in Leeds.
Latterly, Stewart joined a business consortium to form a management buyout of titles in Kent and Sussex and was Managing Director responsible for the re-launch of the newly formed group which was subsequently acquired by Johnston Press. He joined Southern Newspapers in Southampton in 1991 and was responsible for the move from the City to a purpose built green field site in 1996. Stewart left Newsquest after 21 years in January 2013 to take up the role as managing director of Carswell Gould, a strategic Communications and Marketing Agency based in Southampton. He remains there as non-executive Chairman.
He has also been an Ambassador for Leukaemia Busters for many years helping to promote the charity.