Suffolk Chamber Team
John Dugmore is the Chief Executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and has been involved in business development and support throughout his career.
Before taking the reins at Suffolk Chamber he led the customer facing directorate of Liverpool Chamber during the city’s acclaimed regeneration process.
John is a Fellow of the Institute of Marketing and Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs.
Suffolk Chambers places huge priority on meeting its members’ needs and now sees it stand as the 7th largest Chamber in the British Chambers of Commerce network by membership numbers (the largest non-metropolitan Chamber) and benches in the top 4 for membership retention.
Suffolk Chamber continues to lobby hard and successfully for the business community across the county and in Westminster and plays a lead role in issues affecting economic and business growth, from infrastructure to skills to red tape and legislation.
Sam has a varied professional background – she taught art and IT at a secondary school in Leeds, has led a team of palliative carers, travelled the world installing industrial digital imaging systems, started a small business with some colleagues and continues to be a practising artist, specialising in oil portraits and landscapes.
Sam says that she feels very privileged to be in a position to help businesses in our region, whether that is by assisting them to apply for grant funding, investigating appropriate support or simply acting as a sounding board so someone can rationalise their ideas.
As part of the Export Documentation Team, Fiona checks and issues the relevant Export Documentation required by a wide variety of Exporters. Fiona's background is in International Transport and documentation and she has been a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers since 2008 and also a Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor.
Michael Chapman has held a number of key advisory roles, including as a senior policy expert at the Paris based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) where he had responsibility for financial consumer protection issues, and as the owner of a consultancy specialising in local economic development and social inclusion.
Prior to his current Trade business adviser role, Michael worked within the Economic Development Office at the city of London as International Regulation Manager.
A Chartered Engineer, business analyst and former RAF Officer, Ian also has experience of consultancy, strategy analysis and business planning. At Suffolk Chamber, he joins a growing team working in collaboration with EDF, the company behind Sizewell C, to ensure local and regional companies are ready to win work during the construction of the new nuclear power station planned for the Suffolk coast.
His main role will be to manage work packages being issued by Sizewell C and the Civil Works Alliance of Tier 1 contractors, understand what is required, and, where possible, find local companies who have the expertise and capacity to fulfil the work. Ian will also undertake gap analysis on companies registered on the supply chain database, to make sure they are fully aligned with the necessary accreditations and governance to work on the project, so they are fit to bid as contracts become available.
Gareth Davies has joined the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce as Head of SZC Supply Chain Engagement. His role is to support and advise local and regional businesses on the standards that will need to be either aspired to, or further developed, so that they can improve their ability to secure SZC related contracts.
Prior to joining the Chamber he enjoyed a 22 year career as an Officer in the UK Armed Forces. Specialising as a Parachute Jumping Instructor, his service was largely been in support of the UK’s Elite Forces and Rapid Reaction Brigade, being able to deploy globally in support of UK interests both home and abroad, within 24 hours. He has a continuous record of strong leadership and management in high pressure environments including leading teams in deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Originally from Glossop, Gareth has been an Ipswich resident for 20 years having settled here during a posting to Wattisham Airfield.
Stuart joined the Chamber as Business Development Manager in early 2018. Stuart has a 25-year plus career in media, sales, and advertising, starting in Fleet Street in the early 1990s, before moving onto Rex Features, later to become Shutterstock, a leading stock photography, footage and music company. There Stuart specialised in finding new business, as well as retaining current business for the company. Stuart's aim is growing the Chamber’s membership levels across Suffolk, as well as building on our fantastic relationships with our current members and patrons.
In his spare time, Stuart is a football referee at national-league level.
Michelle is the Senior Events Coordinator for the Suffolk Chamber events team and is responsible for all the local business events in Lowestoft & Waveney. Michelle joined the Chamber in 2004, she can advise on membership services and is trained in export documentation as well as being an authorised signatory for Certificates of Origin and EUR1/ATR documents.
Sheline Gledhill joined Suffolk Chamber in March 2020 as Supply Chain Engagement Events for Sizewell C.
Sheline has spent her career to date in publishing, most recently with Archant Suffolk on the East Anglian Daily Times’ business desk editing Business East Monthly, formerly known as Suffolk Business magazine.
She is looking forward to reconnecting with the local business community, after a career break that took her overseas, and helping Suffolk companies understand the opportunities, and ultimately secure lucrative contracts, at Sizewell.
Sharon is the Membership Administrator for Suffolk Chamber whose responsibilities include processing membership applications and customer care. Sharon joined the team early in 2009 and also manages the day-to-day running of the office which includes organising meetings for the Lowestoft & Waveney Chamber Board.
Sarah is an integral member of the team who welcomes visitors to the Chamber, she takes care of external room bookings and provides support to the Chief Executive’s office and wider Chamber team when needed. Her 17 years of experience working for the Trust Secretary/Director of Community Engagement and Director of Finance of the Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has given her a keen eye for analysing data and she works diligently to support her team members.
Koyas Miah has more than a decade’s track record as a successful financial adviser, working for both Santander and for the last eight years as a Barclays business adviser based in the bank’s main Ipswich office.
Here, he was responsible for managing a portfolio of business clients with an annual sales turnover of between £400k and £1m covering Suffolk’s county town and the surrounding areas. He has a specialist knowledge of commercial lending, finance, business development and digital transformation.
Paul's focus is on ensuring that the reputation of Suffolk Chamber is maximised amongst all key stakeholder groups by making effective two-way use of all the channels of communication available to it.
He is responsible for campaigning, media relations, external publications, ghost writing articles, e-newsletters and speeches, social media, the Chamber’s offline and online branding, internal communications, market research and represents the Chamber on communications matters across the wide range of partnerships in which it is involved.
Miles Vartan provides supply chain services for the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. As a senior operational and programme change manager, Miles enables the Chamber to provide innovative ideas as to how to improve your supply chain. With extensive supply chain and Health & Safety experience developed within warehousing, manufacturing & supply chain fast moving consumer goods, Miles has assisted in the development of Suffolk Chamber’s supply chain portals and works closely with major stakeholders in Suffolk such as EDF Energy and the public sector.
Andy joined the Chamber in 2019 as Head of Policy & Research, with experience in politics and public affairs, he is well placed to advise the Chief Executive and Board members on policy issues relating to Chamber activities, including the A14 and A1307 projects, the Suffolk Growth Programme Board and other key issues facing businesses across Suffolk.