Leaders December 2010 / January 2011

Business as Usual

Thanks to Ms Samata, the President and Excom
It has often been said that impending execution concent-rates the mind. From recent experience I’d venture to suggest that any brush with our own mortality has a similarly astringent effect.

At the time of writing I am slowly recovering from life-saving surgery that has left me with a new appetite for each new day. Convalescence has also kept me out of the office for much longer than I had hoped, although the wonders of the internet have meant I’ve managed to take care of certain regular tasks from home.

The fact that, throughout this time, the Secretariat has managed to function virtually as normal is in no small part due to the diligence and capabilities of our operations manager, Ms Samata who, with the support of our president and other members of the Executive Committee, has kept the Chamber on track. My thanks to them and to all those who sent me such generous and supportive messages and gifts of encouragement during my hospitalisation.

I was delighted and honoured to attend (and even speak at) the 2010 BCCJ British Business Awards (see page 12) and I look forward to getting back to work on the important business of helping establish the proposed new membership categories of which Members have already been informed and on which there will be a vote at January’s Extraordinary General Meeting.

The next few months promise to be an exciting time for the Chamber, with work already in hand to identify interesting speakers from a broad cross section of disciplines. As I have mentioned before, that is something with which you can help. Perhaps you have a visiting CEO/CFO who would enjoy the chance to address a lunchtime audience? Or maybe 2011 will be a year in which you are introducing new products and services into this marketplace? In that case, we’d be delighted to offer you a platform to share the news with fellow Members and guests.