CBI set to unveil new Midlands regional director

Nikki Paterson

The Midlands is set to have a new Midlands regional director, it has emerged.

Richard Blackmore is stepping down from the role, with his deputy Nikki Patterson taking over.

Blackmore will leave the CBI after six years in the role.

The news comes as the CBI tries to re-establish itself as the voice of business after spending most of the year fighting allegations of midsconduct within its own ranks.

in a social media post, Paterson said: “While the past six months have been extremely tough for the CBI, I have never stopped believing in what we do and what we can go on to achieve. So I am pleased to share that I am stepping into the role of CBI regional director for the Midlands from the 1st September.”

“September is very much a ‘back to school’ moment for the CBI – with a refreshed purpose but the same ultimate goal of supporting British Industry. Some exciting changes are happening in the Midlands team too which I will announce soon – so watch this space.

“While it’s a big, exciting challenge, I could not even have contemplated this move without 6 years under the tutelage of Richard Blackmore. He has supported my development and encouraged me to believe in myself. And I am pleased that he will be around in an advisory role for the next few weeks.

“I’m also grateful to all the Midlands members that have continued to support us and kept the fight in me alive. I am committed to giving my all for the region, our members and the CBI and I look forward to working with many of you going forward.”

In June, the CBI survived a vote by members on its future. At an Extraordinary General Meeting in London, CBI members backed the business lobbying organisation after a series of allegations had threated its very existence.

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