Board

Simon Burton (Chair)
Simon Burton (Chair)
Director, Barker Storey Matthews
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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
Amanda Ankin
Operations Director, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
Stephen Basey-Fisher
Stephen Basey-Fisher
Managing Director, Century Logistics
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Stephen Basey-Fisher is Owner and Managing Director of Century Logistics, a leading logistics provider based in East Anglia.

Stephen started life as a farmer’s son and when he returned from agricultural college diversified the family business by building a bulk grain warehouse. In 1997 he decided to start his own business with his wife Ann and left the farm to set up a forklift truck training company. A year later he started offering Third Party Warehousing and admits he ‘made the rules up as he went along’ and this grew into the diverse company Century is today.

Stephen is proud father of four children and if their sports pursuits had not taken up so much of his time, he believes he would have been a good golfer!

Century has differentiated itself by offering its customers a unique range of added value services, which include customer services, warranty repairs and e-commerce sales. All of these have played an important part in securing long term partnerships.

Century has over 400,000sqft of warehousing and 120 staff on six sites throughout East Anglia and the Midlands. Whilst it operates in many sectors of the retail industry, it is also the leading logistics provider in the UK nursery industry.
David Buist
David Buist
Chief Operating Officer, Green Duck
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David has brought extensive experience working across a variety of industries, which has given him a unique view of how people interact in the workplace and the impact that change can have to both employees and overall business success. Being able to see both sides of the fence, so to speak, enables him to provide invaluable advice to both internal stakeholders and external partners and clients alike.

His current role at Green Duck, a technology solutions provider based in Bury St Edmunds, puts his skills in both Client Relationship Management and Operations to use in driving performance, efficiency and productivity.

As a service-led organisation, Green Duck provide IT support, cloud services, connectivity, mobile and software development, and professional training to companies across a wide variety of sectors, throughout the UK.

When not involved with work, David can be found cycling his way around the stunning Suffolk countryside in an attempt to stay fit and healthy, or spending quality time with his family (including Ziggy, his adorable black Labrador) 

Mark Cordell
Mark Cordell
Chief Executive, Ourburystedmunds
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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.

Matt Moss (President)
Matt Moss (President)
Managing Director at Smart Garden Offices
Robert Hughes
Robert Hughes
Managing Director, Hughes Electrical
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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.

Joanna Kreckler
Joanna Kreckler
Senior Corporate Communications Manager, Greene King
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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.

Steven McGrath
Steven McGrath
Partner at Rudlings Wakelam
Phil Stittle
Phil Stittle
Director of Business Development, West Suffolk College
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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
Warren Smyth
Chief Executive, Abbeycroft Leisure
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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.

Rachael Ward
Rachael Ward
Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and Co-founder, Ward Trade Marks
Ian White
Ian White
Managing Director, Beckett Investment
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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!