Exeter Chamber of Commerce and Industry is Greater Exeter’s leading, independent business support and representation organisation for businesses of all sizes, in all sectors, throughout the city and sub-region. The Chamber works at regional and national level and provides a comprehensive portfolio of services and support including, representation and lobbying, marketing and networking opportunities and providing a business news hub for the city.  The board’s role is to shape the Chamber’s offering to members and, at a higher level, to play a role in Exeter’s development – working with, and holding to account, government and its authorities.  

Exeter Chamber is committed to accurately represent the city’s businesses community and seeks to establish a gender balanced board (currently 6/14 female to male ratio) and to encourage greater diversity in all areas in its board and membership.
Joining the Chamber Board is a great way to play your part in supporting and promoting the interests of the Exeter and to make new business contacts.   
You can read more about the Chamber’s mission, objectives and the job description here. 

The Chamber Board should have expertise in a variety of disciplines which help set the strategy of the Chamber. As non-executive directors board members are expected to oversee the effective management of the business, participate in Chamber activities and events and to represent the views of the Chamber to policy groups and the media. Directors are required to be senior in status within the company they represent and hold office for three years with the maximum being three consecutive terms.

To apply CLICK HERE 



Anyone wishing to have an informal discussion about the role/ their application should contact board member and director of recruitment agency Cathedral Appointments,  Joanne Caine –  



Please tell us more about yourself and why you think you would make a good Chamber board member (1,000 words maximum).
Notes for application:
* Tell us why you are passionate about Exeter
* Detail your professional background and experience including your current role/position 
* Set out why you want to be a director of the Chamber
* Set out what sectors you can represent through your experience and interests 
* Propose any initiatives you would lead that would support Chamber’s role as the voice for business in Exeter
* Ideas to encourage greater diversity in board membership and Chamber membership
In addition, candidates should:
* List any other directorships / steering group participation  
* Be prepared to have your application endorsed by two other Chamber members, if your application is taken forward



A taskforce of Chamber board members will shortlist potential candidates to take forward to the next stage.  The shortlisting process is likely to include an initial meeting with board member Joanne Caine.  Following this, if successful, a panel interview will be arranged with the full task group overseeing the recruitment process.  During this interview candidates will be asked to talk in more depth on the content put forward in the application process.  
The taskforce includes Joanne Caine, Mark Pellow, Derek Phillips, Chris Lorimer and Graham Austin.



Q: Do I have to be a member of the Chamber?

A: Your company/organisation must be fully paid up members of Exeter Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Q: What is the time commitment?

A: The Chamber Board meets six times each year, usually on the second Monday of every other month, from 4.30pm-6.30pm.  
Board members will be asked to represent the Chamber by chairing events throughout the year. 
Board members often represent the Chamber at other meetings and are encouraged to regularly attend Chamber events.
Occasionally task groups will be formed from the board to work on projects and initiatives.
It is estimated that the total time commitment would be no more than 1-2 days per month.
Where a board member also takes on responsibility for one of the Chamber sub-groups this time may increase.

Q: How long am I committing to?

A: Board members serve a three-year term of office. Board members can serve a maximum of three consecutive terms. 

Q: Do I get paid to be a Board or Policy Council Member? Are my expenses reimbursed?

A: Members give their time freely to the Chamber. Any member asked to represent the Chamber outside of Greater Exeter will have any expenses fully reimbursed on application.

Q: How many people sit on the Board?

A: The Board can have up to fifteen members.

To apply:  CLICK HERE 

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