Cheryl smart MBE has been the chief Executive of Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce since 2009. She is the first female CEO in the Chamber’s 140 year history. She joined the Chamber from Industry as their Head of International Trade in 1988 and for over 15 years led trade missions on behalf of the government to over 20 different countries.
The Chamber is the recognised voice of business and offers all aspects of support to organisations in Bedfordshire, including lobbying on their behalf with local and regional government. She is also a board member of the private sector led Local Enterprise Partnership.
Cheryl’s work in the business community was recognised in 2011 when she was awarded the MBE for services to business.
Justin Richardson, Head of Finance & Strategic Partnerships
Justin has extensive experience in managing local business support projects and is passionate about supporting our members growth aspirations.
Focused on developing meaningful relationships in the county to ensure that members views are heard by those that make key decisions and represents the Chamber on a number of policy issues including skills, infrastructure and planning.
His connections with SEMLEP, Universities, local authorities and a number of business support agencies makes sure members are front of the queue when it comes to accessing grants and funding.
Paula Devine, Head of Membership & Export Services
Paula looks after all our member companies and organises and coordinates all our events. She also heads up the export documentation team and has recently become an inspector for the British Chambers of Commerce, visiting other Chambers to ensure their procedures are robust.
Sue Munn, Business Development Manager
Sue helps member business make the most of their membership by identifying ways in which the Chamber can help them grow and prosper. She works with Paula to identify and plan events that best meet the needs of our member businesses and is a regular face at networking events across the county.
Jabine Parkar, Membership & Export Support
Jabine is part of our export documentation team and has considerable experience in working with exporters to ensure their documents meet the various requirements of different countries and that they are completed correctly to avoid long and expensive delays at customs.
Nicky James, Membership & Export Support
Nicky is also part of our export documentation team, helping to ensure businesses present documents that are accurate and legal, thus avoiding costly mistakes and delays at customs.