Meet the Team

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Corin Crane

Chief Executive

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David Hadley

Director of Commercial Development

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Lisa Broughton

Director of Policy, Marketing & Communications

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Lorna Taylor

Director of Finance

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Karen Webb

Director of Business Services

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Karen Webb

Director of Business Services

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Graham Croom

Business Relationship Manager

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Gail Arnold

Head of the Platinum Groups & Chamber Patron Group

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Sarah Walker

MOD Officer

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Joanna Smith

Business Relationship Manager

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Alison Trinder

Start-up Business Account Manager

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Raj Theper

Business Support Manager

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Jayne Shields

Business Support Manager

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Vikki Haines

Careers & Enterprise Co-Ordinator

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Richard Brooks

Membership Sales Adviser

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Tracey Jovicich

Membership Administrator

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Lorna Taylor

Director of Finance

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Andrew Wells

Assistant Accountant

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Karen Jarrett

HR and Administration Officer

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Jim Archibald

Export Documents Officer

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Carole Purkiss-Taylor

Export Documentation Administrator

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Malcolm Reid

Export Documentation Administrator

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Mina Patel

Senior Project Administrator

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Heather Crocker

International Trade Advisor

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Marion Doherty

International Trade Adviser

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Gerald Latouche

International Trade Adviser

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Lisa Broughton

Director of Policy, Marketing & Communications

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Daniel Turner

Policy Officer

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Shahanaz Rahman

Digital Marketing Graduate

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Penny Griffiths

Events Co-Ordinator

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Kristian Jones

Training & Events Co-Ordinator

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Sarah Thompson

Press & Communications Officer

Meet the Board

Below are the eight representatives of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce who make up the Chamber Board.

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Black Country Chamber President

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Swift Import & Export Agencies.

Julie is a Chartered Management Accountant who has a wealth of commercial experience across a number of organisations, including Swift Import & Export Agencies, AF Blakemore, Midland Recruitment Solutions and Poundland. In addition, she has also spent six years as a self-employed financial consultant and headed up a number of high-level projects on behalf of the Co-op, Holland & Barrett, M&S, Homeserve and the RAC.

Her current role is at Swift Import & Export Agencies where she holds the position of Wholesale Finance Director and sits on six Divisional Boards. Julie has expertise in defining, implementing and managing strategy, and has recently qualified as a Six Sigma yellow belt to manage lean process projects to ensure effciency.

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CSCM IT Solutions

Jude has been Managing Director at CSCM I.T. Solutions based in Oldbury for nearly 21 years and has vast business and IT sector knowledge working with companies all over the world.

Passionate about the local community he regularly gives up his time to attend local community events and has been a mentor for various schools and colleges throughout the region for many years.

A long term member of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Jude is also heavily involved in other local business groups. He is a Rotarian for Halesowen and Rowley Regis and also a member of BNI Apollo, a business network group where he has been a member for over 10 years.

Jude also co-hosts a Fish and Chip Fry day networking event which is held at Hagley Golf and Country club every other month.

As a sponsor Jude is associated with multiple charities where he regularly raises money for causes close to his heart.

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Autobase Citroen

As the Director of Autobase Citroen, Ali has over 15 years of experience in business across the globe in multiple sectors, demographics and various segments.

Since he joined the Chamber over 5 year ago, Ali has been involved in a number of stretegic groups to help members throughout the region. In addition, he is a board member and governor of Walsall Adult and Community College, as well as being a board member of the Walsall Economic Board.

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Wolverhampton Racecourse

David has been Managing Director of Wolverhampton Racecourse since 1999, together with Worcester and Southwell racecourses part of The Arena Racing Company.

David's 39-year career has been in Hotels, Restaurants and Holiday centres, but he has been in the Black Country for the last 16 years and has continuously been a member and Patron of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce. David also sits on the Green Shoots Funding team for the University of Wolverhampton.

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Dawn is a Director of a Black Country based business, Bodykraft. Her business is a Patron of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and she is on the Steering Group for the Black Country Business Festival.

In addition, she is is a member of BNI (Business Network International) and also part of the regional team that helps to grow and support our members.

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University of Wolverhampton

Geoff has been the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton since August 2011. He was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bradford, and has also worked in universities in Luton and Sheffield.

He chairs the University of Wolverhampton Science Park Board and is a member of the Black Country LEP, as well as a number of local groups.  

Geoff has strategic leadership responsibility for the delivery of the University’s initiative to generate £250m of investment in economic growth in the region. In addition, he is a Board member of the Equality Challenge Unit.

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Higgs & Sons

Simon is a Partner at law firm, Higgs & Sons based in Brierley Hill. He has considerable experience in advising managers and directors at all levels on a broad range of employment and HR issues, with particular expertise in providing advice on business restructures and on the termination of employment of senior executives.

Simon is a member of the Employment Law Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales and is a Governor of a primary school in Dudley.

In 2012 Simon in 2012 was named Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year by Birmingham Law Society.



1. Encourage and facilitate effective dialogue and collaboration between Chamber and local partners and members.

2. To propose and develop projects intended to provide long term solutions to problems affecting the economic, social and environmental welfare of the Black Country and to remove barriers to economic growth.

3. Encourage members to participate in the Chamber’s policy groups and make an effective contribution to the achievement of the Chamber’s objectives.

4. To provide advice and guidance to the Board on strategy.

The members of the consultative forum are:

If you would like more information with regards to the Consultative Forum please click here to send the Chamber team an email.