Dr Ian Kelly, Chief Executive
Ian has been Chief Executive of Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce and its seven subsidiaries since 1995 and organised the merger of Hull and the other four local Chambers in the Humber region in 1999.
Ian has a PhD covering relations between Government and local industry. He has previously worked at the House of Commons, in the Australian Parliament as well as lecturing in British Politics at Leeds University.
He is currently a non-executive director of Bute Enterprise Finance and was previously also non-executive director of Finance Yorkshire. In 2011 Ian and the Chamber Board, at the request of the Secretary of State, established the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, which in turn was awarded the largest enterprise zones in the UK on both banks of the Humber. The enterprise zones were a key catalyst for inward investment by Siemens UK and Ørsted Plc who, along with Associated British Ports, have since developed the Humber region as a world leading area for offshore renewable energy.
The Chamber is recognised as the collective voice of business in the Humber and is also the largest private sector trade association/business services provider in the area.
Pauline Wade, Director of International Trade
Pauline joined the Chamber in 1997 after moving to the region from London. A member of the Institute of Export, she was employed in the City of London for solicitors specialising in international taxation and corporate law, before working for several years to the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Ladbroke Group, where she was directly involved in the acquisition of the Hilton International Hotel chain by the British-owned Ladbroke Group in 1987. With over 25 years’ experience of international trade, Pauline has considerable expertise in promoting international business opportunities across markets and sectors.
Pauline is also Chief Executive of the Chamber’s subsidiary company, the British Agrifood Consortium, which offers a wide spectrum of support to strengthen and develop agribusiness worldwide. BAC is active in several international markets addressing issues such as food safety and food security. Pauline is also Deputy Chief Executive of the British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce which she helped set up in 2001. Pauline has led over 60 UKTI sponsored Trade Missions and exhibitions and working directly to the European Commission has successfully delivered several EU Funded Aid Programmes in the developing markets of Latin America, Cuba and the Caribbean.
Anne Tate, Northern Lincolnshire Manager
Anne joined the Chamber in September 2003, as the manager for Northern Lincolnshire. Anne's background is in business development and sales and she has worked for companies in Grimsby and Scunthorpe. She also had a spell in local government, helpful when the Chamber makes its representations to the two local authorities.
Anne is based at the ABP Port Office in Grimsby and has responsibility for the Chamber's activities on the South Bank in both North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire.
Craig Simpson, Chamber Acorn Fund
Craig Simpson enjoyed a career in the banking industry before taking over the reins of the Chamber's Acorn Fund in 2016. The Chamber Acorn Fund has enjoyed considerable success mentoring and providing funding for start-up businesses in partnership with the Government's Start-Up Loan Company.
The Fund won FCA Accreditation in the summer of 2016.
Sir Nic Dakin, Director of Training
Nic Dakin spent his first career in education and became the principal of John Leggott College in Scunthorpe.
He later served as the Member of Parliament for Scunthorpe from 2010 to 2019.
Nic took on the role of Head of Chamber Training in March 2020 became director of training in October 2020. He is a welcome addition to the team and brings with him a wealth of expertise and knowlege to a challenging training environment.
David Hooper, External Affairs Manager
David works across the Chamber Group of businesses supporting the policy, public relations, marketing and membership activities.
With a background in local newspapers, he joined the Chamber in 2013 having worked as a journalist and regional motoring editor for Northcliffe Newspapers’ North East Region, working with advertising and marketing departments on numerous campaigns, promotions and events.
He went freelance in 2010, working as a journalist and copywriter, writing for numerous newspapers, websites and national magazines.
He also worked with Lincoln University’s award-winning School Newspaper Project which offers primary and secondary school pupils the opportunity to produce their own newspapers with the help of professional journalists, journalism lecturers and students.