Simon Burton was appointed chair of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Bury St Edmunds in July 2018 and was vice chair prior to that. Outside of the Chamber, he runs the agency department of Barker Storey Matthews Bury office, specialising in the sale and lettings of commercial property and land primarily in the office, industrial and retail sectors, as well as dealing with property investment and development throughout Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and South Norfolk. Simon has worked at BSM since 2003 and became a Director in 2012. He was born and educated in Bury St Edmunds and is passionate about the continued success of the town and involved in a number of other local organisations and sports clubs.
Amanda Ankin has worked for Suffolk Chamber since 2010 and is our Operations Director.
As part of the senior management team, Amanda manages various departments of Suffolk Chamber including events, membership and customer care, communications, marketing, policy, supply chain, and international trade, and her team is based all across Suffolk.
CIPD qualified, Amanda is the lead on HR and change initiatives. Amanda also manages various Suffolk Chamber project teams including our business improvement district Lowestoft Vision and Suffolk Business Women, and sits on all our town Boards.
Mark was appointed CEO of the Business Improvement District for Bury St Edmunds in February 2011 and has led the organisation on a very interesting and productive journey which has resulted in the town becoming one of the top tourism destinations in East Anglia and town centre being a thriving location for consumers and businesses alike. Mark is continuing to look to be innovative and creative to ensure that offer in Bury is always fresh, interesting and exciting.
Hughes Electrical is a multi-channel retailer selling, renting and servicing domestic and commercial electrical appliances to the general public and industry through shops, web sites, trade depots and call centres. It employs 900 people and has annual turnover of £110m.
Robert Hughes has been managing Director of this family owned business for 20 years having previously worked in venture capital for 3i and misspending the 1980’s trading bonds, options and futures for Norwich Union before gaining an MBA at the London Business School. Robert is currently chairman of the electrical retail industry trade association (RETRA) and lives in Bury St Edmunds.
Jo Kreckler joined Greene King in May 2006 and has held a number of communications roles within the business and is now the senior corporate communications manager. Prior to joining Greene King, Jo worked for Diageo in London and Paver Downes marketing in Liverpool. Jo grew up in Bury St Edmunds and is a passionate supporter of the town.
Phil is Director of Business Development and West Suffolk College and is responsible for Apprenticeship recruitment together with offering a portfolio of professional short courses including leadership and management (ILM), domestic and commercial gas and oil accreditation and many other business focused courses.
Warren Smyth has worked in the sports and leisure industry for more than 20 years and is now CEO of the largest leisure trust in Suffolk, the award winning Abbeycroft Leisure.
Abbeycroft has seen significant growth and now includes a very diverse portfolio of facilities that includes large multifunctional leisure centres, a low cost health club, a corporate fitness club as well as health and wellbeing sanctuary, The Self Centre. In addition to this, the organisation continues to develop a broad range of physical activity initiatives including Explore Outdoor, an outdoor education programme, that assists develop leadership and teamwork skills in a wide variety of organisations and settings.
More recently Warren has also led the organisation through a merger with Anglia Community Leisure. This has created an organisation that employs 450 staff, managing 11 facilities in 8 different communities. The services attract in excess of 1.6 million visitors a year and positively contributes to people’s health and wellbeing.
Ian is a Chartered Accountant and Managing Director of Beckett Investment Management Group. With senior experience at a number of different organisations across sectors including healthcare, distribution and financial services, Ian is passionate about building best in class teams that are engaged with their organisation’s goals and can deliver the best customer experience. His philosophy has helped Becketts win awards for being the Best Employer and for Customer Service in recognition for their exceptional employee engagement and customer satisfaction levels.
Ian was awarded the IOD Director of The Year for Corporate and Social Responsibility in the 2017 Institute of Directors East Awards. The Institute commented on the efforts Becketts has made to become an Employer of Choice in the region.
Away from work, Ian has recently become Chairman at Suffolk Mind and hopes to continue the charity’s excellent work in helping Suffolk to become the best place in the world for talking about and taking care of mental health.
Ian is married to Sue with three children and ten horses!