Committee meetings are held at Longdene House

Committee 2019-2020

Members of the Committee are elected at the Annual General Meeting held in April. The President is elected for a two-year term. All other members are elected for one year, but may be re-elected for further years’ service.

We are fortunate to have a committee that’s pretty representative of our membership with an equal number of men and women (with one vacancy) across a good age range and business interests.

Craig McGowan

Craig McGowan

President

I have been in the insurance industry for 42 years and a partner in McGowan Corporate Solutions since 2001 providing a general insurance broking service to individuals and businesses alike. I joined the Chamber in 2004 and became President in 2014 serving until 2016 and then again last year for another 2 year period. The Chamber is a great conduit to meeting other businesses and helped to establish the business locally. It also provides a great insight into the local community!

On behalf of the Chamber I also help to run the Haslemere Business Centre set up by the Chamber to give small businesses a helping hand to set up and grow.

I can be reached at President@haslemerechamber.co.uk

Could be You!

Vice President

Vacancy – fancy an interesting role? Contact Craig to apply!

Vacant

Secretary

Vacant

Like to offer your services as our secretary? Please email president@haslemerechamber.co.uk

Sue Carne

Sue Carne

Membership Secretary

I started my travel career as cabin crew with British Caledonian. I was incredibly fortunate to have had the pleasure to travel around the world and experience so many cultures, while being paid for the privilege.  Delivering first class service and going beyond the expected for clients was the norm and that mindset has stayed with me all my life.

Five years ago, I launched my travel business with Not Just Travel.  Ever since I can remember, I have loved to travel; my passion for it has never waned.  I love listening to my clients hopes and desires for their dream getaway and then researching hotels and destinations and delivering their perfect holiday package.  My clients range from honeymooners, young families with children through to retirees and I can help with every type of holiday from a world cruise to a weekend in the UK.

Having lived in the local area for over 24 years and with an empty nest at home, I decided to join the Chamber of Commerce to become more involved in, and contribute to, the local community and to meet likeminded business owners. I look forward to my role as Membership Secretary.

I can be reached at membershipmanager@haslemerechamber.co.uk

Olivia Lacey

Olivia Lacey

Committee Member, PR lead and scribe

I’m a senior communications and engagement professional with 20 years’ experience of working within the public and private sectors. I’ve led in-house and external PR resources for high profile rail businesses Gatwick Express and Heathrow Express; worked at the cutting edge of the patient safety agenda at the UK’s National Patient Safety Agency; within the inspection and regulatory arena at the Audit Commission; and as Associate Director of Communications for NHS England in London. I now run my own consultancy business, providing services to a diverse range of clients, supporting them in developing their brands and helping them to have effective relationships with those who matter most to their success.

As the Committee’s newest member, I’m looking forward to helping shape the future of our local business community and making sure that Haslemere stays firmly on the business map.

I edit the Chamber’s newsletter and provide  public relations advice and support to the Committee.

I can be reached at newsletter@haslemerechamber.co.uk

 

Narn

Narn

Committee Member and Chief Tweeter

I’m passionate about locality and community, continuing to volunteer for various local groups in Haslemere. This has lead to me becoming a community connector for the commercial and non profit communities.

Working in a variety of roles and always looking for ways to improve my knowledge I finally took the plunge to work for myself as an ad hoc administrator, data entry clerk and virtual assistant before it was suggested to me that I should really use my social media skills to encourage individuals, small businesses, creatives and non-profits to utilise Social Media to grow their brand and business.

I’ve not looked back! My @TweetingByHand business is about sharing my skills and giving people back their time to concentrate on what their passion is: their business!

I tweet on behalf of the Chamber and provide a lison with the Surrey Hills to South Downs Community Rail Partnership

Peter Jones

Peter Jones

Committee Member

I am the founder and owner of The Sportslocker, a family owned business which has been trading in Haslemere for 15 years, and 12 years in Petersfield. I started my career in the sports industry 45 years ago, spending 26 years with the largest independent sports retailer, followed by 7 years with the Pentland Group. I am a lover of all sports, being a keen skier, golfer and cyclist.
I have been living in Haslemere for over 20 years and I am passionate about our amazing town and our local business community. I am now enjoying my second term as a committee member.

Committee Member

Committee Member

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