The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), the leading UK business organisation, is delighted to announce the appointment of Claire Walker and Hannah Essex as Co-Executive Directors of Policy and Campaigns.

Claire and Hannah arrive from leading 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 take over from Ian Hagg, who has held the role on an interim basis since January 2018.

They assume their role in mid-September.

Adam Marshall, BCC Director General, 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.”

Claire Walker and Hannah Essex added:

“We are thrilled to be joining the British Chambers of Commerce as such a critical time for British business. We want to ensure the UK thrives - now and post-Brexit.“We know that when business 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.”