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Dorset Chamber announces new chief executive
DORSET Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced Ian Girling as its new chief executive.
He succeeds Peter Scott, who is retiring from the chamber after nine years.
Mr Girling managed Business Link in Dorset before the government-funded advice service was abolished by the coalition government. He successfully launched the successor service WSX Enterprise in Dorset in 2012.
DCCI president Mike Clark said: “During the search for Peter’s successor, we considered a number of high-calibre candidates. We selected Ian on the basis of his commercial record, his experience in combining day-to-day operations with major strategic initiatives, his track-record of securing government funding to introduce new value-adding services, and his vision for the chamber’s future development.”
He added: “Peter’s work for the Chamber over almost a decade has helped raise its profile and has made it a stronger membership organisation. Ian’s challenge is to build on that success, at a time when the competitive environment is changing rapidly, and expand the chamber’s role in helping to foster a prosperous, competitive and sustainable economy for Dorset.”
Ian Girling was brought up in North Dorset. After leaving school, he worked in the family coal business.
He briefly entered the world of accountancy, then moved in to public sector roles, and spent the next few years running programmes helping businesses develop their skills.
He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured to be taking this role on. Dorset is an incredible place to work and live, and I’m very much looking forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead in delivering the best support possible to our business community.”
Peter Scott, who will retire from the chamber at the AGM in December, said: “We have some exceptional businesses in membership of the Dorset Chamber. I have been proud to lead the chamber through some often difficult times, and while I am retiring from the chamber I anticipate continuing to be involved with the county’s business community. I wish Ian every success.”
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