British Chambers of Commerce hires lobbying chiefs on job share
BCC boss Adam Marshall has brought in Claire Walker and Hannah Essex.
The British Chambers of Commerce has appointed two communications professionals to oversee the body’s policy and lobbying efforts.
Claire Walker and Hannah Essex join from education organisation Teach First, where they have been co-directors of communications since 2015, with both having held that position individually.
At BCC they will be responsible for leading the BCC’s policy positioning and lobbying efforts, including campaigns around eradicating mobile not-spots, fixing the fundamentals of the UK’s domestic infrastructure, and Brexit.
They will make the move BCC in September, taking over from Ian Hagg who has held the role on an interim basis since January 2018. Walker will work Monday to Wednesday and Essex from Wednesday to Friday.
BBC director general Adam Marshall said: “I am delighted to have appointed Claire and Hannah to the leadership team at the British Chambers of Commerce. This is a critical time for the UK business community, and in Claire and Hannah we have found two dynamic individuals who together will be able to campaign for Chamber business communities, and take our agenda to an even-higher level.”
In a joint statement, Walker and Essex added: “We know that when businesses succeed, communities and families succeed too. We are excited at the opportunity to represent Chambers’ diverse membership to ensure they have the conditions they need to achieve.”
BCC is comprised of 53 accredited Chambers which are trusted champions of businesses, places, and global trade. Together, the body represent tens of thousands of businesses of all shapes and sizes, which employ almost six million people across the UK.