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 - McGowan Corporate Solutions
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 in 2018 and remain in situ! 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.
As President I chair the monthly committee meetings and have several appointments with various interested parties and organisations locally including the Town Mayor/Town Clerk, Borough representatives and fellow Waverley/Surrey Chamber of Commerce bodies.
Many thanks to all the committee members who are all volunteers.
I can be reached at President@haslemerechamber.co.uk
Could be You!
Kim Scillitoe - Curated Living
Curated Living and Lime and Blue
John Lloyd - Blue Dot Display
As Membership Manager, I am responsible for helping businesses (and non profit organisations) join the Chamber and ensure they can create and maintain their profile on the Chamber website. I also look after the monthly Chamber networking meeting that happens on the last Wednesday of the month at Camelsdale School.
I am co-owner of Blue Dot Display, based in Witley, we are a large format printing, shop and office signage company visit our website to see examples of our work www.bluedotdisplay.com
Inge Dunbar - Sass and Spirit
Ben Govier - Dylan’s Ice Cream
Committee Member - Treasurer
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.
@TweetingByHand is about sharing my social media skills and giving people back their time to concentrate on what their passion is: their business! I also host coworking events as well as skill sharing workshops as @HaslemereWorks.
I tweet on behalf of the Chamber and provide a liason with Haslemere Information Hub at Haslemere Station – part of Community Rail.
Peter Jones - The Sports Locker
Justin Manley-Cooper - Haslemere Parish
Sandy Phelps - Rock and Shards
I fell in love with Haslemere and was thrilled when an opportunity came up to open my dream space on the High Street.
I sell unique and bespoke jewellery, accessories, gifts and my own crafted art glass.
My passion for the business and this town lead me to join the Haslemere Chamber of commerce so I could be part of advocating for local business.
The chamber is a great vehicle to find out more about the needs of Haslemere, the surrounding areas and how, as a corporate body, we can benefit the area, businesses and visitors.
It excites me to think that as a group we can contribute by way of campaigns, promotions, events, networking, central website, referrals …. the list is endless.
My motivation for joining is to see Haslemere and surrounding areas thriving with plenty footfall.
Melissa King - Marley Flowers
Committee Member & previous President
Chris Boobyer - The Fernhurst Hub
Chris Sharp - Red Distillery
Emma Ganderton - Notte Della Villa