Liz Fothergill
The Chamber of Commerce for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire has unveiled Liz Fothergill CBE as its President for 2014/15.

Liz, who is Chairman of the Board at Derby-based medical devices manufacturer Pennine Healthcare takes over the role from outgoing President Tim Parker. Her appointment was sanctioned by Chamber members at its AGM earlier today.

She started her professional working life as a librarian but in 1977 found herself between jobs and started helping out in the family company, founded by and named after her father, Ivor Shaw.

The business evolved from engineering, filling stations and car sales and by the end of the 70s was manufacturing a small range of plastic medical disposable products from a new site on Pontefract Street, Derby.

Over 37 years later Liz still has the manufacturing bug but today the business, now know as Pennine Healthcare, turns over in excess of £30m a year, has 380 employees and produces 250,000 items a day, of which 70% are exported to 70 countries worldwide. As a very keen exporter, Liz has recently been recruited by UK Trade and Investment as a Catalyst member, a global network of business leaders promoting UK excellence internationally.

Away from work, Liz gives a lot back to the city and communities of Derby. She is passionate about the positive influence business can have in education and community development.

She was HRH the Prince of Wales Ambassador for Business in the Community in the East Midlands from 2012 to 2014. She is Derby City business representative for D2N2, the Derby and Nottingham Local Economic Partnership and a member of Derby Renaissance Board.

Liz was Deputy Chair of the University of Derby from 2003-2013 and is currently Chair of Derwent Stepping Stones (a neighbourhood nursery and training academy) and Derbyshire Dales Careline; a board member of YMCA Derbyshire and a governor of Landau Forte Moorhead Academy.

She is also on the shadow board of Derby Manufacturing University Technical College (opening September 2015) and the Chairman of the Derby Book Festival due to be held in June 2015.

Liz is in Nomination to be High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 2016/17.

Liz said: “One of the main things I would like to achieve during my year of office is to really fly the flag for businesses in our three counties and ensure that the East Midlands remains a flag-bearer for the rest of the UK.

“We have great businesses here big and small, which contribute so much to UK PLC, and we need to make sure that voice is heard. We’re extremely fortunate to have such a broad-based and well-balanced regional economy, with real strengths in manufacturing and engineering, the service sector, and science & technology.

“The Chamber has a big role to play here in articulating to local authorities, Whitehall and Westminster what our businesses need to help them play an even bigger role in driving the economy forwards and I will use my time in office to fully champion everything that is good about this region and its businesses.”

Tim Parker
Tim Parker said: “I would like to wish Liz the very best of luck in her role for the year ahead, not that she will need it. I am leaving the Chamber’s chains of office in very good hands indeed.

“Liz will guide the organisation to further success and we are very fortunate that the Chamber will be led by someone of her calibre and devotion.”

At the AGM, it was announced that Jean Mountain, of the Supreme Rubber Stamp Company, will serve as Liz’s Vice-President for the year before succeeding her as President in 2015.

Chamber Board Directors Ian Greenaway, Dawn Edwards, Geoff Poyzer, Russell Thompson and Richard Wilkins, who had been retired by rotation and were standing for re-election, were re-elected unopposed the Board.

And the four Directors co-opted to the Board during the year from the former Leicestershire Chamber, namely Kevin Harris, Stuart Dawkins, James Bowie and Jaffer Kapasi, also had their appointments ratified by members.