Baroness Lane-Fox has been elected the brand new president of the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE as President, whose two-year time period has got here to an finish.
As President, Baroness Lane-Fox will work alongside BCC Chair Sarah Howard MBE and Director Basic Shevaun Haviland to symbolize the pursuits of Chamber enterprise communities and commerce in an important interval for the UK.
Baroness Lane-Fox co-founded Europe’s largest journey and leisure web site, lastminute.com in 1998. She is a passionate web activist and was a Digital Champion for the UK from 2009-2013, serving to to create the Authorities Digital Service. She is a director of Twitter and chair of WeTransfer, and he or she co-founded and chairs LuckyVoice, which has revolutionised the karaoke business. She is the Chancellor of the Open College and was additionally made a crossbench peer within the Home of Lords in 2013.
Welcoming Baroness Lane-Fox to the BCC, Chair Sarah Howard MBE mentioned: “Martha brings along with her all of the qualities that can make her a superb President. She is inventive, insightful, and has a wealth of information that can be invaluable to our Chamber Community. She was one of many very first pioneers of the dotcom growth for companies and has continued to pursue the web and know-how as a power for good all through her inspiring and impactful profession.
“I additionally want to thank Ruby for her service to the BCC. She is a passionate advocate for enterprise and has represented the BCC with vitality and dedication throughout difficult instances for UK companies.”
The brand new BCC President, Baroness Lane-Fox mentioned: “I’m very excited to be becoming a member of the BCC household and sit up for assembly with Chambers and listening to from companies throughout the UK. Having based and run my very own companies, I do know first-hand the challenges companies are up towards proper now. Chambers present invaluable help to make sure they’ll increase, make investments and commerce, and I sit up for serving to British companies thrive.”
Outgoing BCC President, Baroness McGregor-Smith, added: “I’m delighted to be handing over this unbelievable function to such a robust and dedicated enterprise advocate. Martha’s expertise on the planet of enterprise is phenomenal, and I do know that she’s going to do an excellent job representing the BCC and the Chamber Community.
“It has been an actual privilege to be the President of the British Chambers of Commerce. I want the BCC and the Chamber Community each success sooner or later.”