Board

Jason Andre
Business Manager, Firepit Company
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Jason started his professional career with a Hertfordshire based manufacturing company, which saw him involved in all aspects of the international company. He lives in Haverhill, and is passionate about our town. Jason is married and has two children, both in primary school in Haverhill. Jason believes in the power of education to give young people the ultimate choice in what they become and believes that early links with business help to motivate young people and ensure that the requirements of business are met in our future workforce.

Peter Basford
Area Director, Lloyds Bank
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Peter joined Lloyds Bank in 1985 in Bury St Edmunds and has worked in Retail Banking, Group Audit, Private Banking and for the last 15 years in Commercial Banking.  Having travelled the country in 2015 he returned to his home county as Area Director for Commercial Banking working with a team helping Suffolk SMEs. 

Peter loves Suffolk and Ipswich Town and wants to help create jobs for youth so they can stay in our beautiful county.

Away from the bank Peter is a Board Member of Menta and Genix and a committee member for The Institute of Directors Suffolk Branch, where he leads on Tourism and the visitor Economy as well as Joining the board of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Haverhill & District; supporting businesses of all sizes.

He is also partial to a game of golf and is happiest in the Algarve when not at work!
Elaine Carr
Marketing Consultant, FlipFlop Marketing Ltd
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Elaine set up FlipFlop Marketing Ltd in 2002 to offer consultancy and outsourced marketing services to businesses looking for direction with their marketing. Based in Haverhill, FlipFlop Marketing works with clients operating in a wide range of industry sectors across East Anglia. Elaine enjoys sharing her love of marketing with anyone who is prepared to listen!

FlipFlop Marketing has been a member of Suffolk CHamber in Haverhill & District since it started in 2004 and Elaine spent a number of years on the original Committee. Elaine is looking forward to working with the current Board members and helping to promote the benefits of Chamber membership to local businesses.

Derek Cherry
Managing Director at Mansol Preforms Ltd
John Mayhew
Executive Chairman, Fiscale
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John Mayhew founded HET Software in 1993, developing software solutions for social care in the UK, Australia and Malaysia.

Selling in August 2012, he remained an Executive Director managing the combined business with revenues of £10 million per annum, employing 100 staff.

Retiring in 2014, he created Fiscale, specialist tax advisors, now with 10 employees and helping clients to recover over £4 million of Corporation Tax.

John is a Director of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Haverhill, and Chair of ONE Haverhill.

Daniel Pilley
Co-owner, CXG Group
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Originally from London, Daniel moved to Suffolk in 1995. Daniel is the co-owner of CXG Group. Starting out with retail shops, in Nursery and Toys, then followed by a Stationery supplies and Computer business. In 2007 he set about building a large property portfolio, which led to opening a Lettings company (CXG Lettings). In his role as CEO, Daniel manages and controls the finance for the Group, as well as looking at future strategies. He also have an active role in REBI Construction Ltd and Cannon Irons (Property Development). In 2015 Daniel was invited to sit on the board of Haverhill Chamber of Commerce to help with strategy and future planning in the town… Let’s see what the future brings.

Lesley Whiting
Director, 1st Stop Recruitment
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Lesley’s career in recruitment commenced in 1987, with one of the largest National/International agencies where Lesley’s formal training was obtained. 13 years later, she opened her first Recruitment Agency in Haverhill. It’s now 29 years later, and Lesley is still as enthusiastic and passionate about the industry as she was back then.

Lesley needed to work flexibly, so she could care for her special needs son, but also to provide for his future when she’s no longer able to.

Committed in developing her employees’ careers, they’re either trained or training for their respective roles.  

1st Stop Recruitment’s vision is simple: be the best we can ever be, support both our clients and candidates and be honest every step of the way. We can offer a bespoke solution according our clients requirements, and more important, we listen, advise and agree a solution. Lesley prides her company on having “a service to be remembered”.

We’ve added to our strength by becoming members of “The Employment Agency Movement” (TEAM). After 3 years as a member, Lesley was asked to be the Regional Director for The East of England, which she accepted.

Lesley has just joined the Board for Suffolk Chamber in Haverhill & District, and is delighted to help to make a difference to the town.

David Ruddy
Director of Employability and Community Learning at West Suffolk College
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David worked in the motor industry for over 35 years, starting as an apprentice mechanical engineer and then holding various other roles culminating in a number of senior executive positions.

Passionate about education he has worked in the Further Education sector for 10 years, where he currently works with a variety of stakeholders, partners and employers to plan, develop and provide the strategic overview for various College programmes. These programmes provide outstanding education for students throughout the communities, which the College serves in order for them to become fulfilled and to play their part in being drivers of our region’s economy.

As a member of the Colleges Senior Team, he is directly responsible for Adult and Community Education including English, Maths, English for Speakers of other Languages as well as the National Citizen Service, Traineeships, Princes Trust and pre- engagement and employment programmes across Suffolk and south Norfolk.

Outside of College life, he is the Vice Chair of Trustees for Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust, a Board Trustee for Gateway Qualifications and a Board member of One Haverhill (chairing the education and skills task group).

His is also a Rugby Football Union accredited selector.

David has joined the Board for Suffolk Chamber in Haverhill and District as the representative for education and skills.