Black Country chamber gets new chair

Bankie Williams

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce has appointed Bankie Williams as its new chair, in a move that sees the two senior roles in the chamber, formally separated out.

The President of the chamber will look after matters like events, press and policy, while the Chair will concentrate on internal matters such as corporate governance, administrative effectiveness, and making the board itself more business focused.

Bankie Williams said” “I am delighted to have been appointed Chair of the Board , and amongst my first priorities will be to review how effective we are in servicing, meeting and supporting the needs of the Executive Leadership Team in the Chamber to deliver strategic objectives that support our members moving forwards. My hope is that as a result of our collective actions , we can ensure that the Black Country Chamber of Commerce is a real centre of excellence both locally and nationally.”

Williams spent 20 years in the Army in theatres like northern Ireland, the Falklands, Gibraltar and south east Asia. He holds an MBA and an MA, as well as having attended business management programmes at the prestigious Harvard Business School and Stanford University, as well as a period at the International Graduate School of Management at Geneva.

His previous roles have included stints as the MD of HomeServe and Group Managing Director of a Black Country family print business, as well as other roles in Black County businesses.

The Chief Executive of he Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Corin Crane said: ” We are excited to have Bankie working with us: he has a wealth of experience and expertise which he will be bringing to this new role. WE all have positive ambitions for the Chamber moving forwards and this role will help to support our fantastic Board to facilitate the Chamber to achieve these. As a Chamber we are changing, and have developed a vision to become more more modern and easily accessible to local civic businesses so they can access the support they need to thrive. To achieve this aim we have looked at our governance structure and identified a gap, which has ow been filled by this new Chair role.”