Suffolk Chamber Board

Chamber's Executive Commitee

Graham Abbey
Graham Abbey

Grahams’ current role is Managing Director of Factotum Ltd – a Call Centre Services Company based in Newmarket & Leicester.

Originally from Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire Graham spent his early career in the RAF where he trained as an engineer.

On leaving the RAF Graham spent the next 15 years working and consulting within the IT sector for various companies including Digital Equipment, IBM and Cable & Wireless before launching Factotum Ltd in 2003.

As President of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, he represents business in the county both on a local and national level.

Paul Davey

A graduate of Cardiff University, Paul began his career in the merchant navy and joined the Port of Felixstowe in 1988. He is currently Head of Corporate Affairs for Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited. In addition to his role with HPUK he is also involved with the United Kingdom Major Ports Group, the CBI East of England Council, CBI Transport Committee, the Haven Gateway Partnership management group, and the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) amongst others.

Dr Christopher Bushby

Christopher is an effective and successful business and community leader with 30 years + experience of management and governance developed in a wide range of commercial, educational, public and third sector contexts. 

He enjoys the strategic and leadership challenges of focusing his energy on the bigger issues for business, commerce and society. Chris is now Chief Executive of the Big-C Cancer Charity with funds world-class research into many different types of cancer, invests in medical diagnostic and treatment equipment and provides care, support advice and complimentary therapies to achieve better outcomes for those affected by cancer.

Nick Hodgson

Nick is a Chemical Engineer working for Sanofi’s Haverhill Operations site where he is responsible for Engineering, IT, Automation and Health, Safety and the Environment. Nick joined the site in 2001 after graduating from Sheffield University. He has worked in Engineering, Production and Health, Safety and Environment roles during his time at the site. Nick has experience of continuous manufacturing techniques and has been instrumental in the strong record of environmental performance and resource efficiency at the site.

Stephen Britt

Stephen is Managing Director of his Family business, Anchor Storage Ltd., based near Debenham. Working with his wife Linda, Anchor offers the full range of warehousing & logistics services, specialising in Internet Fulfilment and 3PL (Third Party Logistics).

In addition to his roles with The Chamber, in July 2016 he was elected as Junior Warden in The Worshipful Company of Carmen, an ancient City of London Livery Company with interests in Transport & Logistics.

John Dugmore

John Dugmore is the Chief Executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and has been actively involved in business support and business development throughout his career.

Before taking the reins at Suffolk Chamber he led the customer facing directorate of Liverpool Chamber during that city’s acclaimed regeneration period.

John is a Fellow of the Institute of Marketing and Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs.

Nicholas Evans

Nicholas graduated from Plymouth University in 1998 with a degree in International Business & Spanish. My first role was part of a small commercial team managing the imports of fresh produce and the distribution to the UK multiples. With a strong desire to work in the City, I responded to an advert in the Grocer journal seeking a trainee commodity trader  based in St Katharine’s dock. I spent 8 years working for Fuerst Day Lawson’s essential & aroma chemical division, a role that frequently took me to China and India sourcing materials and to Europe & US trying to sell them! In 2008 I joined the US flavour house, Sensient, to develop their UK based natural extracts business. Three years later, the opportunity arose to join Treatt (manufacturer and distributor of  food & beverage ingredients and flavours) and relocate from Beckenham, Kent to Bury St Edmunds. As Director of Sales and Purchasing, I am responsible for managing the group procurement teams in the UK & USA and leading sales initiatives to EMEA, India and Japan. My wife who works as a Physio at West Suffolk hospital  and two young daughters are settling in well to life in Bury St Edmunds!

Paul Briddon

Paul Briddon became a Partner at the Lowestoft office of Lovewell Blake Chartered Accountants in 1999 and in September 2015 was elected Senior Partner. In additional to his management responsibilities the role provides Paul with regular contact with colleagues throughout the world either directly or at international conferences through the firm’s network HLB International. Since joining the Board Paul has maintained his involvement in the Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce, having previously been Chairman.

Patrice Love

Patrice Love runs her own consultancy business, specialising in the Life Science and Technology sectors.  Patrice works mainly with early stage and pre-IPO companies to help build dynamic teams as well as organisation development.  Patrice joined the Board of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce when she was a Director at Timberwolf.  Earlier in her career, she was Head of Operations for BT Brightstar, which was BT’s first Corporate Incubator. Patrice is also on the Board of Suffolk Business Women, Governor at Suffolk One and an Inward Investment Ambassador for Suffolk.

Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson is a Partner at Birketts LLP where she specialises in employment law. 

Catherine is the Chair of our Suffolk Chamber in Greater Ipswich Board. Catherine also sits on our Suffolk Chamber Board, Ipswich Vision Board and she has recently joined Ipswich Central’s Board. These varied appointments provide Catherine with the opportunity to gather real insight into local issues and to feedback on members' views and opinions across each of these pivotal organisations in the town. 

Sarah Howard MBE

With a background in management consultancy, Sarah Howard worked for JP Morgan and KPMG. She established Sarand Business Software with her partner in 1994, moving to Suffolk two years later. They provide bespoke software to local SMEs through to international clients across a variety of industry sectors. Sarah also works as a Strategic Partnership Consultant, providing advice and consultancy for public and private sector organisations including the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Sarah is Suffolk Chamber's Immediate Past President.

Jim Crawford