The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today announced the appointment of Martyn Pellew as President, succeeding Neville Reyner CBE DL. Mr Reyner completes three years at the helm of the leading business organisation and will become Honorary Past President.

Mr Pellew becomes President of the BCC after serving as Vice President of the organisation since July 2010. He takes up his new role at the BCC following ten years' involvement with the North East Chamber of Commerce, where he was President from 2009 to 2011.

Mr Pellew started his career in engineering, later working in the chemicals and leisure sectors in both the UK and the continent. He held the position of Group Development Director of PD Ports, based in Middlesbrough, between 2002 and 2010. Having worked for companies such as Morgan Crucible, Hoechst AG, Ladbroke, Exel and Unipart, across marketing, IT, communications and logistics, Mr Pellew will make a significant contribution to the BCC's national and European work.

Commenting on his appointment as BCC President, Martyn Pellew said:

“The British Chambers of Commerce is truly a leading voice in business, and I am delighted to be appointed President. I look forward to driving the organisation forward, and to continuing the BCC's strong campaign to encourage enterprise and business growth. The BCC, and the Chamber of Commerce movement, represent businesses of every size, across every part of the UK, and will play a critical role in the UK's future growth."

Outgoing President Neville Reyner CBE DL added: “As President, I have worked together with the Director General, David Frost, to deliver an agenda for change. I am pleased that our success means the BCC is now one of the most influential business organisations in the corridors of power of Westminster, Whitehall and Brussels. I am confident Martyn’s wide business experience and long involvement with Chambers of Commerce, especially in the North East of England, will ensure the continued success of the BCC. In my firm opinion, there is no better time for companies to join their local Chamber.”


Notes to editors:

Martyn Pellew biography
Martyn Pellew was the Vice President of the BCC (British Chambers of Commerce) between July 2010 and July 2011, and until June 2011 President of the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC). This is one of the largest UK chambers with circa 4,000 member companies and 150 full time staff.  He remains a board and policy council member at NECC.    

Martyn has a number of other current directorships of companies including Pearson-Harper Ltd who work in engineering content management and IT for the global oil and gas sector.  He is a director of Seaham business support company, Business and Enterprise Group.
Martyn Pellew was previously the Group Development Director of PD Ports based in Middlesbrough. This Group has interests in the operation of UK port and logistics businesses. He previously held several senior positions within the Unipart Group of Companies based in Oxford including Director and General Manager of Unipart Rail Logistics, Customer Services Director at Railpart (UK) Ltd. (the leading supplier of traction and rolling stock spare parts to the rail industry) and Development Director at NRS Ltd (the major supplier of spare parts and supply chain services to the UK rail infrastructure market).

Martyn in the past has worked in a very wide range of industries and businesses having previously been with Ladbroke and Hilton Hotels in sales and marketing plus development director. He worked for German chemicals giant Hoechst in both the UK and Germany, and in logistics at Exel (now DHL). In his early career he worked for major construction company George Wimpey and also for Morgan Crucible in the engineering sector.

Martyn is a regular speaker and writer on a wide variety of subjects on the UK general business scene and specifically regarding infrastructure, logistics and marketing areas.  Martyn was an important contributor to the Business Infrastructure Commission, an independent group of key business and industry leaders which set out recommendations for improving the UK’s infrastructure.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is the national voice of local business.

The BCC sits at the heart of a powerful nationwide network of Accredited Chambers of Commerce, serving over 100,000 businesses across the UK, which employ over five million people.

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