Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce, Trade & Industry is a not for profit organisation run for its Members and by its members. The Chamber has a Board of Non-Executive Directors who are elected by the Membership at an Annual General Meeting. They represent different sectors of the membership base and bring varying skills and qualities, they are responsible for the strategic direction of the Chamber. The Board or Management Team (a sub group of the Board) meet on monthly basis to review the activities and strategy to ensure we meet those objectives and communicate the opinions and views of the membership and that these views are represented at a local, regional or national levels.
Mr Jon Powell
President & Ambassador
In his role as Head of Enterprise and Innovation Services at Lancaster University Jon oversees many of the University’s innovation and engagement support functions including supporting academics to undertake commercial consultancy activity, public funded innovation and business engagement activities and the Enterprise Team, which manages the enterprise education ecosystem, supporting students and staff to develop enterprise skills and start business and social enterprises. In addition, Jon is past Chair and a Director for Enterprise Educators UK, the leading membership organisation supporting enterprise education across the college and university sector, and a founding Director of Employer Solutions Ltd, proud Chamber members since 2004. He is also Chair of the Steering Group brining the UK Corporate Games to Lancaster in 2021. An excellent networker and speaker, a resourceful and strategic leader, Jon is proud to sit on the Chamber board and support the civic and entrepreneurial development in the District.
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Mr Christopher Gardner
Chris is a Director of Waters and Atkinson Chartered Accountants based in Morecambe who qualified as a chartered accountant in 2009 after joining the firm following completion of his master’s degree. He has a wide-ranging role and meets with clients to discuss many different issues. Chris takes great pride from working closely with his clients and assists many people who are new to self-employment. He forms part of the firm’s tax planning team and is also available to work with businesses to develop cash flow forecasts and business plans. Chris was born in Lancaster in 1981 and, with the exception of his time at university in Wales, he has always lived in the area. He has excellent links with local professionals and institutions and is a regular at the Chamber’s many events.
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Mr David Park
David is a Commercial Solicitor and Partner at Oglethorpe, Sturton & Gillibrand and has been proactively involved with Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce for many years. He has been advising small and medium sized enterprises on all manner of legal issues for over 15 years. He regularly provides seminars to clients and to Chamber Members, on employment law and general commercial law matters. David's family have owned and run a business within the district for over 50 years and he is keen to promote success for businesses for the benefit of us all. David is also Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce's company secretary.
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Mr Mal Garnett
Mal is Managing Director and Owner of Apparatus Ltd a full-service Brand Building Creative Agency based in Bolton-le-Sands. Before moving to Lancaster Mal worked in London on some of the world’s leading brands including BP, John Lewis, Selfridges, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose. Now he continues to work with large national brands alongside local SMEs. Since making the strategic decision to move the agency from London to Lancaster 13 years ago, Mal has applied his big brand expertise to many smaller North West businesses helping them to grow. Apparatus has been an active chamber member since arriving in Lancaster and during its time here, the agency has supported numerous campaigns for the district including local charities; local tourism; retail and education.
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Mr Michael Harrison
Michael A Harrison is one of Lancaster's leading architectural practices and a specialist in Building Conservation and Historic Buildings projects for both private and corporate clients. With over 30 years' experience in architectural design and associated services gained as a partner in a large local practice and as a sole practitioner, Michael has built a sound reputation both in the Lancaster City Council area and across the North West of England. He is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and in 2007 received two Lancaster Design Awards for his work on one public and one private local historic building.
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Mr Brendan Hughes
Brendan owns ICU Security Services based in Morecambe and has a keen interest in ensuring Morecambe holds a better future for the next generation. He is the treasurer for Homestart Morecambe and Lancaster. He is a director of the Morecambe BID Steering Group and would love to see Morecambe become the seaside resort it deserves to be. He hopes the prospect of Eden will help to transform the district and the region.
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Sandra is the Managing Director and Owner of SCS Logistics Limited based in Morecambe. She is passionate about logistics and haulage and its relevance in the country’s economy. Their ethos has always been continued investment, continued improvement. Sandra has almost doubled turnover and the number of staff since founding SCS Logistics in 2011. She likes being a member of Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce and appreciates Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce ethos of local support and looks forward to becoming more involved. Meeting great people, worthwhile connections and enjoying fab food! Born and bred in Preesall to a farming/business family, Sandra has always been passionate about supporting the local community and being involved with worthwhile institutions. The words ‘you can’t expect anything unless you are prepared to give’ are well used by Sandra and her family. She thinks our local business community can only go from strength to strength and after Storm Desmond, Sandra thinks we should be very proud of ourselves.
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Mr Wes Johnson
Wes joined Lancaster & Morecambe College in April 2017 as Principal and Chief Executive. He has over 20 years’ experience in education, with 11 years as a senior leader in both general and specialist further and higher education institutions across the north of England.
Following a successful period as Vice Principal and Acting Principal at Craven College (Skipton), Wes was appointed Campus Principal at Newton Rigg College, a specialist land-based college in Cumbria. During his time at Newton Rigg, Wes established the National Centre for the Uplands and led the resurgence of the College with significant growth in student numbers and apprenticeships, whilst re-establishing a renewed national reputation.
Wes is currently Chair of The Lancashire Colleges. Previous roles have seen Wes lead and deliver education in many settings, from serving disparate rural populations in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Northumberland to disadvantaged urban communities in areas of Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Leeds and Bradford.
Prior to entering the education sector, Wes established and successfully ran his own business as a rural land management specialist, servicing the agricultural and forestry sectors. Wes remains a strong advocate for rural interests and lives on a hill farm near Lowgill - he hopes his new role as Chamber Director will ensure a strong voice for rural businesses in the area.
Lancaster & Morecambe College serves communities across North Lancashire, South Cumbria and North Yorkshire with a broad vocational and technical education offer. The College recently received an employer satisfaction score of 95.8% which placed it in the top 5% of colleges in the country (FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey 2016).
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Imogen is the Chief People Officer at SilverDoor Apartments, the largest independent serviced apartment agency in the world.
Although born in New Zealand, Imogen has lived in Lancashire all her life, attending schools in both Blackburn and Preston. Her working life began at Lancashire County Council; subsequently working for South Ribble Borough Council. During her 23 years of service, Imogen worked in various areas of the council, including: transport, finance, waste management and regeneration. She has a BA (hons) in Business Studies, Fdsc in waste management, ILM in Coaching and is currently working towards her CIPD qualification.
Imogen was employed by SilverDoor Apartments in 2016 when the company acquired Lancaster-based competitor firm, Citybase Apartments. She was assigned the responsibility of growing the Lancaster business and guiding the company through the integration phase. Two years later Imogen took on responsibility for HR within the global company, and in 2020 was made Chief People Officer. Today, Imogen oversees and is responsible for employee welfare and wellbeing, recruitment, and training and development. In autumn 2016, the company opened an office in Singapore, which was followed by the opening of a technology hub in Hyderabad in 2018 and a further office in Denver in January 2019. The group employs approximately 120 people across its offices.
Imogen lives in a small village just south of Preston with her husband Lee and two grown up children.
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Nick has a varied background having started his career as a Project Manager working on regeneration projects across the health/social care sector, then moving into senior management in the Health Service. He returned to Lancaster in 2010 and has played an active role in the local business community and has a passion for anything Lancaster. Nick is chair of Lancaster Business Improvement District (BID) which represents businesses in Lancaster City Centre.
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Alastair is the Chief Executive of North West Cancer Research – a charity dedicated to putting the cancer needs of our region first. He has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 20-years, in medium and large charities and a Community Interest Company and is passionate about the role which charities play in society. After training as an accountant with the NHS he moved into a social care charity supporting older people and from there has worked with many vulnerable groups to help provide them with the support they need in order to play a full and active role in society. Alastair has lived in Lancaster since 2004 and in his spare time is a Trustee of two other local charities.
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