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New Chamber Chairman


Banbury & District Chamber of Commerce has elected a new Chairman.  Richard Hunter has taken on the role from Claire Kingsbury who has moved into the position of President.

Richard, who is a director of successful local business Catalogues4Business, has been a member of the Chamber for 6 years. He started his first business at just 19 and was the first winner of the Banbury Innovation Award in 2007.

He has been elected as chairman after serving on the Executive Board.

He said “I have always found the Chamber to be a source of useful events with plenty of opportunities to share ideas and meet new businesses.  It keeps you in touch with local business news, activity and opportunities serving its members well.  The Chamber is still seen locally as one of the main business hubs”.

Richard is hoping to use his new position to further promote the Chamber around the town and encourage new businesses to join. He said “In becoming Chairman my first aim is to establish a clear vision that local businesses can buy into.  Banbury is such a great place to do business in and we want to make sure that the Chamber of Commerce is the heart of it.”

Richard will become the youngest Chairman in the Chambers’ 66 year history taking over from the previous youngest post holder Claire Kingsbury.

Claire Kingsbury now moves in to the President’s position making her the youngest and first female to hold this post. Claire has successfully held the Chairman’s post for the past 5 years.  Her work at the Chamber was recognised in 2012 by RAF Croughton when she became an honorary commander. She will still serve on the Executive Board and is looking forward to the new challenges that she will face.