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BUSINESS West is to strengthen its board with the appointment of a new director.
Sarah Pullen, managing director of Local World, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset & Dorset, which publishes The Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo, joins an impressive list of existing board members, demonstrating the business community's recognition of the importance of the leadership and business support role that Business West plays.
Phil Smith, managing director of Business West, said: "I am delighted to welcome Sarah who, with a career devoted to the regional press and now MD of Local World, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset & Dorset, which produces dozens of thriving titles and websites to an audience of hundreds of thousands, brings with her an impressive wealth of business knowledge. I have no doubt that Business West will benefit from her vast experience of communications."
Sarah said: "The influence of Business West and its Chambers of Commerce in Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath and Wiltshire, is far reaching and I firmly believe in the importance of the leadership, representation and business support role that it plays at local, regional and national level."
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Phil added : "I believe that it is vitally important to attract business people from a wide range of backgrounds to take up positions on our boards. This reflects the rich diversity of our members and clients at board level and will help us to better understand the needs of the businesses we serve.
"Our board of directors is made up of unpaid volunteers, giving freely of their time and business expertise and we greatly value their help in the development of Business West."
Sarah will join the existing directors – Stephen Robertson, independent chair; Steve West, Vice Chancellor of UWE; Terence Mordaunt, chairman and owner of Bristol Port Company; Peter Rilett, chairman of North Bristol Hospital Trust; Colin Skellett, chairman of Wessex Water and of the West of England LEP; Alan Fletcher, GWE Holdings; Nicky Alberry, vice chair of Swindon and Wiltshire LEP; Philip Marshall, Carter Jonas Surveyors in Bath, and Diane Savory, chair of GFirst LEP.