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Exeter Chamber announces that Clodagh Murphy has been appointed as Chair

By November 10, 2020January 26th, 2021Chamber Council Columns

Exeter Chamber is pleased to announce that Clodagh Murphy has been appointed as Chair of the Chamber, following the organisation’s AGM. 

Clodagh has served on the board for the past 2 years as the Chair of ExIST and took a pivotal role at the Chamber in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis, forming the city-wide taskforce Stronger Together, launching Exeter Works and leading a working group which introduced the Friday Lockdown Show and the Support Local campaign.

Clodagh is the founder of Larks Live, an online cookery school start-up formed during lockdown, and has previously held senior leadership roles as managing director at Eclipse Internet and chief operating officer at Midlands based Timico Technology Services.

In addition to leading Larks, Clodagh is non-exec director at Air Marketing and will also join the Exeter University Business School International Advisory Board in January 2021.  

Clodagh takes over from Matt Roach, managing director at Exeter Airport who has served on the board for four years previously.  Also stepping down from the board are Julie Hawker, joint chief executive of digital social enterprise Cosmic and Emily Gibbon, who provided maternity cover for Ann Hunter both on the Chamber board and as manager of InExeter, the city’s business improvement district.

Clodagh said: “We would like to thank Julie, Emily and Matt for their commitment to supporting Exeter’s business community, and to thank Matt particularly for his leadership over this last very challenging year.    

“As a Chamber Board we find ourselves in a period of enormous change, challenge and in some cases, opportunity.  Over the last two years, we have seen significant change in the makeup of the Exeter Chamber Board.  This has helped bring energy and fresh ideas to how we operate and support businesses in the Greater Exeter area.   We are excited by the opportunity to add significant value back to the business community through activities like Exeter Works, which is all about driving good quality employment opportunities whilst also helping businesses gain access to the wonderful talent that is the region.  Ensuring we have a vibrant economy where everyone’s ambitions can be met is our number one priority.”

Matt said: “I've been proud to be part of the city’s leading business organisation and lead it through this challenging time.  I wish Clodagh and the board the very best for the future and will continue to support the Chamber and wider business community in whatever way I can.”