Board

Steve Elsom (Chair)
Steve Elsom (Chair)
Director, Number 4 Consulting
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“Steve has extensive experience of working with SME’s, both through his career with Lloyds Bank and also through his coaching and mentoring business, Number 4 Consulting. He has developed a strong professional network and alongside his Chamber of Commerce commitments, Steve is Chair of Love Newmarket Business Improvement District, a non-executive director with The Jockey Club and member of the Newmarket Charitable Foundation committee.”

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

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

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

Suffolk Chambers places huge priority on meeting its members’ needs and now sees it stand as the 7th largest Chamber in the British Chambers of Commerce network by membership numbers (the largest non-metropolitan Chamber) and benches in the top 4 for membership retention.

Suffolk Chamber continues to lobby hard and successfully for the business community across the county and in Westminster and plays a lead role in issues affecting economic and business growth, from infrastructure to skills to red tape and legislation.

Sophie Able
Sophie Able
General Manager, Newmarket Racecourses - The Jockey Club
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Sophie is the General Manager of Newmarket Racecourses, which encompasses both the Rowley Mile and the July Racecourse.
Sophie`s roles include overseeing the planning and delivery of 39 racedays, as well as implementing the conferencing and events business which operates throughout the year. Her role on a raceday is to make sure that the Newmarket team are delivering the best possible experience for all visitors both on and off the track.
Sophie joined the Jockey Club in 2005. She was appointed as the Managing Director of the nearby Huntingdon Racecourse in 2008, having graduated from the British Horseracing Authorities’ Graduate Scheme and the Jockey Club Racecourse’s Management Academy.
Having worked in Newmarket for the past 9 years, Sophie is an advocate for local business and sits on the Board of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in West Suffolk.

Richard Alecock
Richard Alecock
Associate, Whiting LLP
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Richard is an Associate of Whitings LLP an East Anglian Firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors . Richard heads up their Mildenhall Office where he has worked for 35 years!

Richard has a wealth of experience in dealing with sole trader, partnership and corporate businesses, encompassing personal tax and tax planning services.

Richard is born and bred in Mildenhall and acts for various local charities in a number of roles as Treasurer and Trustee.

Richard has 5 children and most recently become a grandad!

Simon Burton
Simon Burton
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.

Deborah Hargreaves
Deborah Hargreaves
Director & Solicitor, Edmondson Hall Solicitors & Sports Lawyers
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Deborah is Chief Operating Officer and Head of Dispute Resolution at Edmondson Hall Solicitors and Sports Lawyers in Newmarket.  Deborah’s expertise is in Litigation and Dispute Resolution (Commercial and Civil), Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Claims and Equine and Bloodstock Instructions.   She is accredited with Senior Litigator status by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.   Edmondson Hall Solicitors is a General Practice Law Firm providing legal services in:  Corporate and Commercial, Commercial Property, Employment, Family, Private Client, Residential and Commercial Property, Personal Injury, Landlord and Tenant, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Motoring and Mediation.   It is particularly known for its Sports Law Practice and for its specialist advice to the Horseracing and Bloodstock Industry regarding regulatory issues and specialist Equine Contracts. 

Edmondson Hall is listed as a leader in the field of Bloodstock Law in the Legal Chambers Directory of Top Law Firms and Deborah is described in the Chambers Guide as bringing “extensive knowledge of Personal Injury to a Practice that sees her regularly engaged where accidents involving horses occur”.

Deborah sits on the Board of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in West Suffolk.

Joanna Kreckler
Joanna Kreckler
Head of External Communications, 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.

Laraine Moody
Laraine Moody
Vice Principal, Employer Engagement, West Suffolk College
Matt Moss
Matt Moss
Managing Director at Smart Garden Offices
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With a strong professional financial background and longstanding experience in the advanced manufacturing sector, Matt Moss is one of Suffolk’s most successful young businesspeople.

Matt trained as a Chartered Accountant at one the region’s largest firms, qualifying in 2008. In 2013 he became finance director and then commercial director for a national precast concrete company, Matt helped expand both its product range and market share, helping it secure key contracts in a range of high-profiled infrastructure projects, including Hinckley Point C. Following the successful turnaround and sale of this business, Matt become Managing Director of SMART in early 2019.

Within 6 months of joining Matt led the successful management buyout at Thurston-based business which became SMART Garden Rooms, Offices & Studios.
Since then, the company has become the national market leader in its sector through a successful blending of agile marketing, new designs, a comprehensive customer service culture and an expanded and well-supported workforce. In 2021 the company launched the only Garden Room configuration with Augmented Reality in the UK.

Matt’s business acumen has been recognised by his peers and has been the chair of Suffolk Chamber in Bury St Edmunds and is now a director and the treasurer of the parent company, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

Mark Newton
Mark Newton
Managing Director, LMK Thermosafe
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Mark Newton is Managing Director of LMK Thermosafe Ltd, a Haverhill manufacturer of industrial heating products sold worldwide. He is a Professional Chartered Engineer with a degree in Electronics Engineering from Southampton University. Mark purchased the business from the founding directors in August 2000 and has built its reputation as the leading global designer and manufacturer of hazardous area certified (Ex-rated) Induction Drum Heaters and Flexible Container Heaters. He moved manufacturing from Harlow to Haverhill in 2003 and the Company now operates out of two sites in the town.

The business won the “Queens Award for Enterprise” in 2012 for International Trade and it continues to export over 70% of its sales. In recent years sales and marketing subsidiaries have been established in USA and China using the “Inteliheat” brand name. Mark has built research and development links with local Universities resulting in a number of successful International Patent filings and a steady flow of new products from the Company’s applied research teams.

Prior to acquiring LMK Thermosafe Ltd, Mark worked in senior roles for a number of quoted UK manufacturing businesses, including five years in the USA employed by a leading process control instrumentation company. He lives in Linton with his wife Jan who is also a Director and co-owner of the business. They have two adult children and three grandchildren. They are actively involved with Linton Free Church and other faith based charities. Mark is Vice-President of the International Advisory Committee for the Chinese Relief and Development Foundation based in Sichuan, China. They established the “Thermosafe Foundation” as a Registered UK Charity operating alongside the business in 2012 as a practical way to give back to society through relevant local, national and international non-profit partners.

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.

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!