Senior Leadership Team

The Chamber’s Senior Leadership Team is made up of experienced, proven professionals. Together they cover every facet of Chamber activity and the management of its plethora of products and services.

Chamber Directors

Scott Knowles

Chief Executive

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

Scott has worked at the Chamber network since 1999 when he first joined what was then North Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce, initially providing ICT and e-commerce advice and support to businesses.

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Diane Beresford

Deputy Chief Executive

Diane began her career with North Derbyshire Chamber in 1986 where she developed the East Midlands UK Online for Business service and set up the region's eBusiness Club, which offers a range of service to support businesses to use technology to improve business performance.

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Chris Hobson

Director of Policy and External Affairs

Chris is Director of Policy and External Affairs at the Chamber, leading the information and representation teams, with responsibility for all work areas relating to the development of Chamber policy and lobbying activity.

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David Pearson

Director of Partnerships

David joined the Chamber in 2015 and has an extensive portfolio which includes responsibility for the Chamber’s Membership Team and award winning International Team, as well as the Marketing Team. David also has responsibility for developing partnerships across the region, and through the Chamber’s worldwide network.

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Lucy Robinson

Director of Resources

Lucy is Director of Resources at the Chamber, working alongside the senior leadership team on developing the culture of the Chamber and its strategic human resources.

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Heads of Department

Yvonne Pennington

Head of Membership

As Head of Membership Yvonne leads the Membership Team to listen to member needs, and to increase awareness and take up of the the increasing portfolio of products and services available to members. 

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Lesley Dexter

Executive Support Manager and Company Secretary

As the Chamber’s Executive Support Manager and Company Secretary, Lesley provides support to the Chief Executive and Senior Management Team as well as being the organiser and primary contact for the Board. She also acts as Company Secretary for the Chamber’s various companies.

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Kathryn Edwards

Head of Finance

Kathryn is Head of Finance for East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) and its subsidiary Companies.

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Paul Stuart

Head of Enterprise

Paul is the Chamber's Head of Enterprise and is responsible for the delivery of its enterprise and business support products and services across the East Midlands.

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Laura Howard

Head of International Trade

Laura is Head of International Trade at the Chamber with responsibility for developing and delivering the Chamber's international trade service.  Along with her team, she supports over 1,000 businesses each year to grow internationally.

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Alison Gray 

Corporate Marketing Manager 

As the Chamber's Corporate Marketing Manager, Alison is based in Chesterfield, and has a marketing team of six who operate throughout the region in which the Chamber operates. Alison lives in the Peak District.

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