Senior Management Team

The Chamber’s Senior Management 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 in Matlock, Derbyshire.

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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, as well as the Marketing Team.

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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. 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

Lesley Young

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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Paul Humphreys

Head of Scale Up Services

Paul is Head of Scale Up Services, leading the East Midlands Chamber Scale Up Services team which includes programmes that support business innovation, internationalisation, strategy development and technology adoption. Paul combines this leadership role with client advisory support – still part of his DNA.

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Zoe Waistell 

Head of Marketing

Zoe is the East Midlands Chamber’s Head of Marketing responsible for the delivery of all our marketing and communications activity, and the events programme delivery for our publicly funded enterprise contracts.

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Paul Needham

Head of Employment Services

Paul is the Head of the Employment Services Team, delivering Government and European funded support programmes to enable participants to overcome barriers to work and enter or return to the job market.

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