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Senior Greene King manager becomes vice-chair of Chamber skills group

Senior Greene King manager becomes vice-chair of Chamber skills group

Jo Kreckler, head of external communications at leading pub retailer and brewer Greene King, has been confirmed as the first vice-chair of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s People & Skills Group (PSG).

The PSG was set up earlier this year and is open to all members of Suffolk Chamber at the invitation of the chair, Richard Brame, managing director of Ipswich-based insurance giant Willis Towers Watson.

The PSG has a remit to share ways of sustainably boosting Suffolk’s productivity through sharing best practice and lobbying Government and other bodies to help deliver the Chamber’s ‘People’ policy objectives contained in its manifesto.

In particular, the PSG focuses upon:

  • Ensuring a smoother transition between the worlds of education and work for new employees
  • Improving the skills and development of established employees
  • Boosting the physical and mental health and wellbeing of all employees and business owners/management teams
  • Securing the maximum benefit to Suffolk of the skills uplift for major infrastructure projects in the county

Jo Kreckler said: “It’s great to be able take on the role of vice-chair of the People & Skills Group to support the delivery of the Chamber’s people policy objectives.
“I think it’s really important that the people of Suffolk have the opportunity to gain new skills in whatever they do, whatever stage of their career. Improving the skills and development of our employees is something we are passionate about at Greene King and are proud to have supported 435 apprentices in Suffolk over the last 10 years. I’m looking forward to sharing our experiences and learning from others within the region.”

Richard Brame welcomed Jo’s appointment “Jo is one of the county’s and indeed one of the country’s most high-profiled marketing professionals. In addition to her Greene King role in corporate communications and public relations, she has had a considerable experience in internal communications, CSR and partnership management for charities, including those providing skills and learning.

“The PSG is very much the engine room of much of Suffolk Chamber’s current campaigning and Jo’s involvement is especially welcome.”
The next meeting of the PSG is scheduled for December and will include a talk by Trudy Sore of Blue Novation about her company’s cutting edge research into how virtual reality can assist employees in learning new ‘soft’ skills.

For further information about the People & Skills Group:

Image credit: Greene King

Article by Suffolk Chamber