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The Chamber Board

Meet the President

John DunningJohn Dunning

President of the Chamber

John is President of South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and a Director of Nantwich Town Football Club. John also Chairs the South Cheshire Chamber Business Council.

As a key stakeholder in the area, the Chamber works in partnership with many organisations and John is therefore often involved in discussions with other key stakeholders such as Bentley Motors, MMU, Cheshire East Council, The LEP, Crewe and Nantwich Town Councils and of course other Chambers as well as maintaining regular contact with our Patrons and MP .Together we are committed to helping this area achieve its maximum potential while ensuring our members benefit from the resulting economic growth.

Meet the Board
Diane Wright

Dr Diane Wright PhD MA BA (Hons)

As Head of Department, I am responsible for the academic leadership, management and strategic direction for the Department across learning and teaching, research and enterprise. I am also on the MMU governing body. Regionally, I sit on the Cheshire and Warrington LEP Skills and Employment Board, am a member of the Corporation of South Cheshire College and a trustee of The Joshua Tree, a local charity. I shifted direction into higher education some years ago having spent over 20 years in senior marketing roles, as Marketing Manager of a large FMCG organisation and Marketing Director of a new media/communications company. I also ran my own business for seven years. My research specialisms are female entrepreneurship, Marketing (specifically Relationship Marketing), and enterprise in general. I was also responsible for the launch of MizBiz, a local support programme for women start up enterprises, operating from MMU.

As a Chamber Board member I also Chair theMembership and CommunicationsPanel and am a member of the Property Board. The relationship between MMU and the Chamber is crucial to economic development. Through the Chamber's engagement with local businesses and stakeholders, we are able to work together to match skills and expertise, whether that is training, qualifications, research or consultancy, to meet the needs of the region.

Patrick Grange

Patrick Grange

Business Consultant

Patrick has a wide range of business experience and interests including work for DEFRA, Staffordshire County Council, the Co-operative Group, plus serving on Audit and Remuneration Committees. He is also Chair of South Cheshire Chamber Properties, proprietor of an Energy Auditing company as well as serving on a Bank of England Business Advisory Panel and is a Governor of South Cheshire College. He has been a Chamber member for more than 12 years where the contacts made have really contributed to his business success at the moment Patrick is looking to establish a Rural Network section of the Chamber based on his farming experience.

Andy Wood

Andy Wood

Managing Director

Storage Boost was launched in 2005, offering Self Storage, Office and Workshop facilities. We have three modern drive-in facilities in Crewe, Stafford and Chester and a team of storage experts who are passionate about great service and helping people.

A recent addition to the Chamber Board, I have considerable local business knowledge and a passion to support small and medium enterprise.

With the recent developments and improvements at Crewe Station and plans for a possible HS2 link, I believe it is a good time to start and operate a business in South Cheshire. I firmly believe the Chamber can support and influence the regeneration of the area to help support local business.

Gill Roberts

Gill Roberts

Senior Partner and HR and Health & Safety Consultancy

Following a combined 20 years working for larger consultancies, Magenta was established by Gill and her husband Dave ten years ago in a small office in Nantwich. Based on Crewe Business Park since 2012, the company now has over 350 clients nationwide, and has satellite operations in Glasgow, Huddersfield and London.

Gill was elected to the Chamber Board in 2013, and sits on theMembership and Auditpanels. Her experience in managing a small administration support team at Magenta, together with a historical background in business-to-business publishing, and a fervent desire to ensure the best opportunities for local industry and commerce, are the personal skills and attributes that Gill brings to the Chamber table.

John Dunning

Andy Butler

Director Commercial Property

Andy Butler is a Director of Legat Owen Property Consultants and heads up their Nantwich office.

He has worked in the area for nearly 25 years as a Commercial Property Consultant dealing with a wide range of general practice instructions including Agency, Professional, Management, Development and Investment work.

“I have seen many changes to the Commercial Property Market since originally coming to the area in 1994 and witnessed many small companies grow and flourish from small beginnings. I believe the future for the business community in the South Cheshire area is very exciting and it is a privilege to be a Director of The Chamber and work with businesses and like-minded people to encourage and support further development of the area”

John Dunning

Andrew Hague

Partner Accountant

Andrew Hague was recruited to the main Chamber Board in August 2017 and sits on the Chamber’s Board and Audit Committees. Andrew joined Howard Worth as an engineering graduate, qualified as an accountant in 2001 and became a partner in 2004. As well as managing client audits and providing general accountancy advice, he specialises in growing businesses, accounting IT systems and is the company’s specialist law firm adviser.

Andrew advises and has delivered a number of seminars and workshops for a wide variety of sectors including solicitors, start-up businesses and owner-managed businesses, as well as having recently presented a Charities course on Accounts Standards, Scrutiny required and Problem Areas for charities.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys the outdoor life and spends time with his partner renovating their property.

John Dunning

Katy Washington

Solicitor and Head of Commercial Department

Katy qualified into the commercial property department of a large well respected Staffordshire firm and has worked in the specialism for 16 years. Katy moved to Hall Smith Whittingham in September 2014. Katy takes a pragmatic commercial approach on her matters achieving an efficient effective service for her clients. As with HSW generally, when an issue arises Katy is keen to find a resolution to the issue to satisfy her clients.

Katy advices on all aspects of Landlord and tenant law including licences to assign and alter, assignments, authorised guarantee agreements. She also advises on site acquisition and plot sales for both commercial developments and residential which often include complex conditional contracts, options and pre-emption agreements. More recently Katy has advised on promotion and exclusivity agreements.Other areas Katy advises on include finance and banking acting for the borrower and lender together with guarantees and indemnities. She deals with small to medium size business asset sales commercial property sales and purchases and agricultural land.

Katy has acted in the past for housing associations on a multi-million pound residential development in conjunction with Barratt Homes and has acted for a national building society in respect of commercial loans up to a value of £85 million in respect of a large retail park.

Katy has most recently acted in the multi-million pound sale of a large scale industrial investment portfolio and advising a client on a £1.8 million corporate re-finance of an investment property.

In her spare time Katy spends time with her young family. If she does get a rare hour to herself Katy enjoys exercising and seeing friends.