Board of Directors

The Chamber’s Board of Directors are a group of individuals who are profoundly experienced, respected and successful in business – all specialising in different fields and sectors.

The Board together is greater than the sum of its parts and, individually and collectively, are well qualified to assist the Senior Leadership Team in driving the Chamber – and by proxy its members - forward strategically to even greater heights and success.

Chair of the Board of Directors: Ian Morgan OBE - Wellglade

Ian Morgan is Deputy Chairman of the Wellglade, a group of six bus operators and a cleaning business which is better known by its largest subsidiary trent barton ‘the really good bus company’.

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President: Lindsey Williams - Futures Housing Group

Lindsey has been Group Chief Executive since Futures Housing was formed as Amber Valley Housing in 2003.

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Immediate Past President: Eileen Richards MBE - Eileen Richards Recruitment Ltd

Eileen is the founder of Eileen Richards Recruitment Ltd. with over 25 years experience within the recruitment industry, Eileen is also Co-Chair of Enterprising Women, a Trustee for Hope Against Cancer and a committee member for Wooden Spoon Children's Charity.

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Vice President: Stuart Dawkins - Board Member

Stuart has a wide range of business experience, including heading strategic planning and corporate communications for a FTSE100 company. He is an experienced board member for organisations from a wide variety of sectors.

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Kevin Harris - RSM

Kevin has worked in the accountancy profession for more than 30 years and specialises in helping businesses determine and execute their corporate strategy.

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Mark Deakin - Turner &Townsend 

Mark has worked within the property sector for over twenty-five years having trained as a
chartered quantity surveyor and project manager.

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Jaffer Kapasi OBE - J A Kapasi & Co Ltd

Jaffer Kapasi has an academic and professional background in finance, with extensive experience as a Managing Director of his own accountancy practice.

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Scott Knowles - Chamber Chief Executive

Scott is Chief Executive at East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) and lives near Matlock, Derbyshire.

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Martin Rigley MBE - Lindhurst Engineering

Martin has been Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Lindhurst Engineering since 1994 and was previously an electrical engineer for British Coal for 13 years.

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John Robinson - Institute of Export 

John retired from a senior post at NATO headquarters after a successful career in the RAF and merged second careers in both international trade and higher-level teaching at a number of East Midlands colleges and universities where he taught all the Institute of Export's qualifications.

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   Neil Williams

Neil Williams, Amazon UK

Neil is Public Relations Manager at Amazon UK.

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   Craig Brothers

Craig Brothers, Affari Media

Craig is co-founder of Nottingham based Creative Agency - Affari Media.

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   Craig Brothers

Dr Peter Dewhurst, University of Derby

Peter is Commercial Director at the University of Derby

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   Craig Brothers


David Williams, Chairman and Partner, Geldards LLP

David Williams is the Chairman of Geldards LLP and has been with the firm since 1989. David was pivotal to the firm’s expansion and success in England in the 1990’s before taking on the role of Chairman.

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   Dawn Whitemore


Dawn Whitemore, Chief Executive and Principal, SMB College Group

Dawn has over 25 years’ experience operating at a senior level in Further Education, Higher Education and private sector organisations. She has a wealth of experience in building and driving high performing teams to deliver the best outcomes for learners, staff and partners.

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   Dr Cham Kang


Dr Cham Kang, Chief Visionary Officer, Qinesis

Cham started his career in research and development as a Research Chemist and then progressed into sales and marketing on a global level before setting up Qinesis, a business growth company in 2004.

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