Fond Farewell to Chamber Chair

Thu, January 12th, 2017

This week we say our final goodbye’s to our chairman, John Sutcliffe.

John was a well-liked and much-respected member of The Chamber, and of the wider business community in Liverpool and across the North West.

John joined Liverpool Chamber’s non-executive board in 2011, assuming chairmanship of the organisation a year later; and has been pivotal in supporting our transition from a large publically-funded organisation to a more compact, commercial entity focused entirely on developing and delivering member services.

Chief executive at Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce, Jenny Stewart, said:

“John was influential in my appointment as chief executive and for that I will always be grateful. From the beginning, John shared and supported my vision for a modern, more dynamic Chamber of Commerce that worked in different ways and better supported its members.”

Of course, John was a figurehead for our construction services sector and contributed to a number of events and initiatives over the years. He helped give our construction lunches and Exchange lunch programme a much needed overhaul, recommending excellent speakers and was always at the fore of the topics affecting the sector and our construction members.

In his role as chair, John represented The Chamber across the globe, joining trade delegations with the city to Qatar in 2013, MIPIM in 2014 and Turin in 2015. He was a regular attendee of British Chambers’ President’s assembly and also met Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss and promote Liverpool’s economic development.

John leaves a positive legacy as chair of Liverpool and Sefton Chamber of Commerce, having helped to successfully steer the organisation through five consecutive years of profit; the hosting of two International Festival for Business headline events; and had a huge hand in the reorientation of the business to ensure a sustainable future.

John will be fondly remembered by all at The Chamber as a great leader, a passionate ambassador for the city and above all, a gentleman.

Our condolences to John’s friends and family, may he rest in peace.

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