St Helens Chamber welcomes new Chairman

30 Sep 2016


St Helens Chamber has welcomed Graham Worsley as its new chairman at the Annual General Meeting. He takes up the role after many years as a Chamber board member.

Graham commented: “I feel very honoured and privileged to be invited to be Chairman. I’m excited at the prospect of being involved with the senior team and the Board. Over my term as Chairman I will look to maintain the high levels of support in current activities, whilst extending our reach in others.”

Graham has been Chairman of GPW Recruitment for the last 25 years, where he remains involved in all aspects of the business. The St Helens-based recruitment consultancy specialises in manufacturing and engineering and employs over 40 people with an annual turnover of around £20 million.

He previously held a varied career in the Mechanical Engineering field, working for a number of multinational companies including Babcock Power both in St Helens and in Europe.

Outgoing Chairman Steve Gange commented: “It is my pleasure to welcome Graham as our new Chairman. He first joined the board of directors 14 years ago so has witnessed a lot of our highs and lows first hand and has a wealth of valuable leadership experience to bring to the position.

“I’m confident that Graham will be up for any challenges that lie ahead and will help to set a strong strategic direction for the future.”

Kath Boullen, Chief Executive of St Helens Chamber, added: “On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Steve for the valuable contribution he has made to the Chamber over the last nine years. He has been the driving force behind many of our most successful programmes for both businesses and young people, and of course our annual dinner dance.”

Other new board members appointed at the AGM include: Hazel James, Managing Director of Brendon International; Paul Forester Company Director of E-Tech Components and Andrew Smith Co-owner and Director of Alphabet Homes Ltd. David Cathcart Managing Director of DC&A Financial Planning Group will also join the Board as an Observer.