Chamber of commerce appoints first female president

Black Country Chamber of Commerce have appointed their first ever female president.

Julie Cunningham, who was appointed as vice president in August 2017, is a chartered management accountant, and has held roles at Midland Recruitment Solutions and Poundland.  She has also worked as a self-employed financial consultant and led projects on behalf of the Co-op, Holland & Barrett, M&S, Homeserve and the RAC.

Cunningham is currently the wholesale finance director at AF Blakemore, where she sits on six divisional boards.

The commerce represents around 1,500 businesses with more than 67,500 employees across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.


Cunningham said: “I want to work closely with members to raise the profile of our local chamber on both a regional and national level. The Black Country Chamber of Commerce has ambitions moving forward for first-class business support, so this is a very exciting time to be part of the organisation.”