Christina Ewbank has been named as the new head of Eastbourne & District Chamber of Commerce.
The former Mercedes Benz retail manager took up the helm of the organisation on Monday this week and her appointment is widely being seen as a much needed breath of fresh air that will help boost the town’s business economy.
Christina said, “After 23 years with Mercedes-Benz I am delighted to have made a serious career change and be heading up the Eastbourne Chamber; the biggest town chamber in the South. It is such an active and influential body and I am very excited to be directly involved.”
Among the aims Christina has earmarked as priorities is to introduce an induction programme for all new members to understand their needs better, a reward scheme to encourage referrals of new members to the Chamber and completing the re-brand and website launch.
On a wider level she wants to make sure businesses in East Sussex influence and work with policy makers, create a two way dialogue between local business and local authorities, improve the transport infrastructure in East Sussex, provide fast speed Broadband to rural and urban East Sussex, close East Sussex mobile ‘not’ spots, promote East Sussex as the place to do business outside London and develop the coastal, urban and rural tourism offer across the county.
Christina, who was president of the Chamber for three years until she handed the chain of office to Mark McFadden and has been a director since 2000, said the future is looking bright for business in Eastbourne.
“It is exciting times ahead and there are lots of things we will be doing to improve the town’s economy.”
Mark McFadden said, “Christina started in post officially today but in typical form is already deeply involved in Chamber affairs, playing a leading part in the formation of ACES, the Alliance of Chambers of East Sussex and being an active Chamber director for many years and Immediate Past President.
“Mercedes’ loss is our gain. I do believe we will have a very positive and rewarding year ahead when we will see some of the things we have talked about and planned come to fruition.