New Chair to Deliver Ambitious Strategic Vision for Black Country Chamber

29 Jun 2018

Published in: Black Country Chamber of Commerce News

Bankie WilliamsBlack Country Chamber of Commerce have continued to deliver upon their strategic changes with the appointment of a new Chair to the Board of Directors, Bankie Williams.

The creation of this new non-executive role will see the roles of the President and Chair split into two separate positions. Primarily, the role of the President will deal with events, press and policy, whilst the Chair will be more inward facing, with a focus on helping to transform the commercial approach of the Chamber, lead a comprehensive governance review and develop a modern, business focused Board.

During his almost 20 years military service, Bankie served with a variety of British Army units in theatres that included Germany, Northern Ireland, USA, Falklands, Gibraltar, and South East Asia to name a few. In addition, Bankie has completed both an MBA and MA, as well as attending Business Management Programmes at Harvard Business School and Stanford Research International (part of Stanford University), and a program at The International Graduate School of Management in Geneva - a collaboration between HBS and IESE.

Furthermore, he was previously Managing Director of HomeServe and Group Managing Director for a Black Country based family owned print group, and also held the position of Interim Divisional MD for Macmillan Education Publishing, a global publisher, for their Africa, Caribbean and Middle East territories. Over the years, he has maintained strong connections to the local business community working with organisations that include People Solutions Group (formerly First Personnel), Thomas Dudley Limited and the Black Country Chamber itself. With this in mind, he has a proven track record for improving business performance across a variety of sectors.

Bankie Williams, the new Chair, added: "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 at 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."

Corin Crane, Chief Executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, commented: "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 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 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 now been filled by this new Chair role."

This new appointment comes quickly after the success of the inaugural Black Country Business Festival and with many new projects coming soon to the Chamber, this is an exciting time for businesses to be engaged with the Chamber. For more information please call 0330 024 0820 or visit

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