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Chief Executive of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce to retire | 27.03.14

David Parlby, Chief Executive of the Chamber, has announced that he will be retiring from the role on 31 July 2014.  

Since his appointment as part-time CEO on 1 December 2005, David has overseen a long period of significant change at the Chamber.  During his tenure paid membership has grown from 500 members to over 700,the staff complement has more than doubled to 15 and turnover has risen from £350,000pa to £800,000pa. 

Under his stewardship the Chamber is now engaged in a very wide range of city activities and groups which direct and influence the development of the local economy.  It is widely recognised as providing top quality project delivery with recent examples including the Digital Plymouth programme, Better Together and through the Plymouth and SW Peninsula Deal, promotion of the GAIN Growth Hub and international trade. 

David has played a major part in lobbying for improvements for the city, most notably in the field of transport connectivity, putting the case for Plymouth to MPs, Ministers and the Prime Minister himself for improved rail services for the South West.

Through his efforts the Plymouth Chamber is recognised as a well-run Chamber by the British Chambers of Commerce(BCC) , having secured formal accreditation in its first year of membership of BCC.  He has also made major contributions to the development of the Chamber movement in the South West through his involvement on the Board of South West Chambers.

David said: “I have hugely enjoyed my 8½ years at the Chamber and believe that as the leading business representative organisation in Plymouth the Chamber has made many important contributions to the development of Plymouth’s economy.  With the strong Board and superb Chamber team, the Chamber is in very good shape.  However, I turn 60 in August and wish to pursue a number of other business, community and leisure interests which are not possible to do while running the Chamber.  I wish Plymouth well and look forward to seeing the substantial progress made over the past few years continuing and indeed accelerating.” 

Paul Woods, Chair of the Chamber said: "David has made a superb contribution to the development of the Chamber over the past 8½ years.  He has provided high quality strategic leadership, making him and the Chamber very well respected throughout the city.  The Board and I are fortunate in having a very strong base from which to build to attain our vision of the Chamber being the “Go To” organisation for all businesses in Plymouth.   We look forward to working with David in connection with his future business interests and hope that his golf will now improve through retirement!”

The Chamber will announce details of the succession arrangements for David in due course.
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