Hobson calls time on a decade at East Midlands Chamber

Chris Hobson

The East Midlands Chamber’s director of policy and insight is to leave the organisation after a decade.

Richard Blackmore

Chris Hobson, a well-known face across the region, is leaving the Chamber to move to Canada.

He revealed the news on LinkedIn, where he said: “[The move] obviously comes with the sadness of having to leave the East Midlands Chamber family after what has by every measure been the best decade of my working life – best in terms of personal growth, impact, the relationships developed, and above all, fun. I’ll really miss it and I’ll really miss all of those that I’ve been able to work with over this past 10 years.”

Hobson also revealed his successor. Richard Blackmore, head of special projects at the Chamber, will step into the director of policy and insight role.

Hobson added: I’m delighted to say that my role will be taken on by Richard Blackmore, someone who I hold in massive regard and whose acceptance of the job has made the move so much easier.”

Scott Knowles, chief executive of the Chamber, said: “Chris has been integral to the growth and success of the Chamber, always seeking to be the voice for business and the architect of change for the business community over the last decade plus and he will be greatly missed by his Chamber family and our members, strategic partners and patrons.”

Hobson’s last day at the Chamber will be 21 June.

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