New chamber boss settling into hot seat

New Doncaster Chamber chief executive Phil Harris (right) is welcomed by its president Andrew McKenna.

New Doncaster Chamber chief executive Phil Harris (right) is welcomed by its president Andrew McKenna.

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A NEW boss has been appointed to help business growth in the borough and kickstart the economy.

Phil Harris has stepped into the hot seat at Doncaster Chamber, after years of experience as a managing director, most recently in the construction industry.

The new chief executive said: “I know that Doncaster is a fantastic place to do business, with lots of opportunities for businesses to grow and develop, and I see the chamber’s role as key to supporting this.

“One of my first priorities will be to look at what the chamber currently offers businesses to ensure that we add the right value and support that members need from us.

“I also look forward to building even closer working relationships with our key partners such as Doncaster Council so we can work together for the better of Doncaster’s economy”.

Mr Harris takes over from Howard Gannaway, who held the post for two years, but left to take on a role in the south of England.

Chamber president Andrew McKenna, said: “The chamber has a lot to thank Howard for - in the past two years he has seen the chamber through a challenging period and has left us with strong foundations on which we can now build upon.

“With years of experience in the private sector, Phil is well placed to understand the needs of our members and be a fresh pair of eyes on our member offering – he understands businesses, the challenges they face and the support that they needs in a challenging economic climate.”

The chamber has supported businesses for more than 50 years.