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Chamber Board appoints interim CEO as Chief Executive steps down

The Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce, Dale Edwards, has stepped down after two and a half years, with an interim CEO appointed by the Board of Directors as the search for a successor begins.

Greg Saunders, Chair of Somerset Chamber, said, “It is with regret that the Board have accepted Dale’s resignation from his post of Chief Executive of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce. Dale has carried out the role with dedication and enthusiasm; the Board and all the team would like to thank him for everything he’s achieved. We wish him every happiness and success as he commences the next stage of his career and spends quality time with his family. He will be missed.”

Commenting on his resignation, Dale Edwards said, “The unique challenge of leading Somerset Chamber of Commerce over the last two and a half years has been varied and rewarding. I am exceptionally proud to have placed the Chamber on a firm financial footing; driven the re-positioning of the Chamber in terms of new vision, aims, branding and communications; and had the privilege of growing and developing a talented and dedicated team.

“However, the time is right for me to step down for personal reasons, to support and spend time with my family. As a result, I will be exploring opportunities that offer greater flexibility for my work-life balance, which could include interim roles and a portfolio career. I leave safe in the knowledge that the Chamber is well positioned for the future, thanking the Board, team and Chamber members for their support, and taking away great memories and business friendships formed.”

Announcing the appointment of an Interim CEO whilst a new Chief Executive is recruited, Chair Greg Saunders said, “To ensure ongoing stability for the Chamber team, stakeholders and members, the Board is pleased to confirm that Chris Langdon has agreed to step in on an interim basis as CEO, supported by members of the Board, whilst we plan for and undertake recruitment to find Dale’s successor. Chris has worked closely with Somerset Chamber of Commerce for many years and is the project lead consultant for the Hinkley supply chain, so he is already well-known to many of our stakeholders and members.”

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