I am thrilled to greet you in my first message as President of the Chamber. As I mentioned to those attending the AGM at the time of my election, it is a great honour and privilege for me to serve in this capacity, and I am only too well aware of the responsibilities I face. My aim in taking on the role is to build on the solid work done by my predecessors and to deliver relevant, value-added services to you, the Members.
Despite the various challenges that have faced us over the past 18 months, the BCCJ has emerged in relatively good health. That, in no small part, has been due to the work of the Executive Committee and I feel sure that the new team will have the same sense of commitment during another year of growth and development. I know, too, that our Secretariat will continue to provide us with the support we need, just as their dedication to serving the Members remains undiminished.
Over my years as a member of the Executive Committee, I have seen at first hand the importance of the very close working relationship the Chamber has with the British Embassy. I am grateful for the support we receive from our ambassador and his colleagues, and I am committed to ensuring that the relationship goes from strength to strength.
That said, the Chamber is only as strong as its Members want it to be. Thus my colleagues and I are pledged to take note of what you have to say. We are here to serve and we all look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the weeks and months ahead. But please don’t wait to be approached: if you have feedback for us about our events, the website or any aspect of the Chamber’s services, do not hesitate to let us know.