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Exeter Chamber of Commerce Announces Annual Business Dinner Speaker

By July 15, 2019January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates, STEMM, Why Exeter blog
(from left): Derek Phillips

Exeter Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce that Professor Penelope Endersby, chief executive of the Met Office will speak at this year’s Exeter Business Dinner, taking place on Friday 1st November 2019 at Sandy Park Conference Centre.

Penelope joined the UK’s world-leading national meteorological service in December 2018 from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) where she led the Cyber and Information Systems Division and was Acting Chief Technical Officer as well as a Non-Exec Director of Ploughshare Innovations, the MOD’s technology transfer organisation. 

As the Met Office’s first female Chief Executive, Professor Endersby leads the organisation as it manages the risks and opportunities associated with our changing weather and climate. With a strong science and technology background, she steers the Met Office as it continues to embrace new technologies and developments in science to stay at the forefront of weather and climate science.

Mark Pellow, chairman of Exeter Chamber of Commerce said, “The prestigious black-tie event is one of the highlights of the Exeter business calendar and will see business representatives attend from across the region. We enjoy taking the time out to recognise all the great work and successes as well as the fantastic collaborative workings both here in Exeter and across the wider area at this annual celebration. We are delighted that Professor Endersby will be joining us.”


Prof. Endersby said, “I’m honoured to be asked to speak at this year’s Exeter Business Dinner. Having recently moved to Devon to lead the Met Office, I’m now settling in to life in the South West. I’m extremely proud to be the head of an organisation known as a pioneer in its field at a time when our weather and climate have never before played such a vital role in people’s lives. The South West is home to a significant number of world-class experts and now I look forward to meeting a prestigious range of business leaders from the region.”


(From left): Derek Phillips, vice president of Exeter Chamber of Commerce; Professor Penelope Endersby, Chief Executive of Met Office; and Mark Pellow, Chairman of Exeter Chamber of Commerce


With tables selling quickly, it is set to be a popular event in November with individual spaces priced at £75 per person or £700 for a table of 10 including a sparkling wine reception followed by a superb four course feast featuring a delicious selection of local produce and quality wines. 

If you would like to make a booking or require further information, please contact Ally Stenner at Exeter Chamber of Commerce on 01392 431133 or email [email protected]