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Ivan joins Destination Chesterfield board

Ivan Fomin outside MSE HillerIvan Fomin, Managing Director of MSE Hiller, is the newest addition to the Destination Chesterfield board.

Ivan replaces James Brand of United Cast Bar as the board member responsible for manufacturing and engineering in the Borough.

James has stepped down from the board due to increasing work commitments but will continue in his role as the chair of the Manufacturing Forum.

Ivan has taken an active role in manufacturing initiatives organised by Destination Chesterfield, including last year’s successful Made in Chesterfield Week where schools were invited to tour the firm’s £3m purpose-built premises on Markham Vale.

Ivan brings more than 35 years’ experience to his board member role.

He said: “Destination Chesterfield is a conduit for joining together the many companies and organisations in Chesterfield’s manufacturing and engineering sector, be they employers, training providers, or young people still at school and looking for direction. It is by joining these groups together successfully that we can help further improve the manufacturing sector in the town.”

He is particularly passionate about apprenticeships within the sector, explaining: “For me manufacturing is the lifeblood of the economy, feeding other sectors such as retail and leisure. It is vitally important that we maintain Chesterfield’s manufacturing tradition and capability, and that will be my broad focus in my role on the Destination Chesterfield Board.

“I have been an employer in Chesterfield for 25 years and I have always made a point of offering apprenticeships. To this day many of MSE’s apprentices are still working with me after two decades.”

MSE Hiller, which has been based in Chesterfield since 2001, supplies and rents centrifuges and environmental engineering products to the water, food and other industries throughout the UK. Currently no other company offers the service and products which they do and, as a result, is very much in demand.

Peter Swallow, Chair of Destination Chesterfield said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Ivan to the board although sad that James Brand has left. We thank him for all he has done and will continue to do as both a Chesterfield Champion and a thriving manufacturing business in the town.

“MSE Hiller is a great example of a local company that is establishing the town as an engineering specialist. Ivan brings much personal experience in the sector as both an employee and an employer and is very clear about how he wants it and Chesterfield to develop. We are all very much looking forward to working with him.”

Ivan Fomin joins the existing members of the Board, which include:
-Peter Swallow – Chair (Managing Director of Bolterstone Group PLC)
-Cllr. John Burrows - Vice Chair (Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council)
-Huw Bowen (Chief Executive of Chesterfield Borough Council)
-Stuart Cutforth (Principal of Chesterfield College)
-George Cowcher (Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber)
-Gavin Boyle (CEO of Chesterfield Royal Hospital Trust)
-Graeme Huston (Editor of the Derbyshire Times)
-Vittorio Risorto (Owner of Calabria Restaurant)
-Steven Smith (Relationship Director at Natwest Bank, Chesterfield)

Destination Chesterfield is helping to improve the economic prosperity of the town through a campaign to promote Chesterfield. This approach to promoting the town sees the local business community playing a central role in its success by leading an independent board of Directors for Destination Chesterfield, and businesses pledging their support to become Chesterfield Champions.