British Chamber of Commerce appoints first woman president

The British Chambers of Commerce
(BCC) has appointment its first female president since the organisation was
incorporated in 1865.

Currently serving as a deputy
president for the BCC and chairman of the West Midlands Confederation of
Chambers, Isabella Moore will begin the two-year term in September 2002. She
replaces Anthony Goldstone OBE, who has completed more than six years on the
national body.

Announcing the new appointment,
David Frost, acting director general of the BCC, said: "We are delighted
to have someone of Isabella’s calibre at the heart of the BCC. She has had a
thorough grounding in the chamber movement and we look forward to welcoming
that experience nationally.

"She is just the sort of person
we need to drive the changes that are necessary for the country’s largest
business support organisation."

Moore said: "I am deeply
honoured to become president of the BCC and, as the first woman president, I
believe this marks a sea change in business support in the UK. I look forward
to leading plans to strengthen the Chambers’ position as the pre-eminent
business organisation in Britain.

"My national appointment will
give me the opportunity to represent the view of all businesses and champion
their concerns with the Government.

"We need to encourage more
women to start their own businesses and become entrepreneurs. Chambers of
commerce will continue to be at the forefront in helping many more women into
business. Therefore, I will be doing all that I can to shape the organisation
into one which every company will want to be part of."

By
Quentin Reade

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