EU Committee Chair Elections 2016 – Are you ready?


The British Chamber is calling for nominations for the role of EU Committee Chair. The position has a major role in influencing the programme and direction of the chamber over the next two years. The work of the EU will remain central to the business of our member companies, but this will also be a pivotal period in forging the future relationship between Britain and the EU.

What we are looking for?

The Chair of the EU Committee should have at least 10 years’ experience with a currently active role and a well-established corporate network. Given the growth and success of the EU Committee and its task forces over recent years, we anticipate this role will require at least half a day a week working with the British Chamber team. The EU Committee Chair is a high profile role within a leading European Network engaging with senior decision makers.

As James Stevens, Senior Vice President & Senior Partner, Director at FleishmanHillard and the current EU Committee Chair, said “The EU Committee Chair holds a fundamental role in the life of the Chamber and no more so than over the coming two years given the challenge of Brexit. The face of the Chamber towards the EU institutions, the Chair works with members to engage on the topics that matter to their businesses. It’s been a privilege to fulfill this role for the last four years; one I would recommend wholeheartedly to anyone who enjoys the intersection between the EU and business.”

The role:

Tom Parker, EU Committee Chair 2010-2014 and Vice President of the British Chamber “The EU Committee Chairmanship is a key role at the heart of Chamber life. Not only does the Chair play a critical role in setting the agenda of the committee and leading engagement on key policy developments but acting as a key Chamber ambassador, it is a great opportunity to build relations and a network of real value.”

  • Elected for a term lasting to May 2018
  • Resident in Belgium
  • Member of our Executive Committee (EXCO), meeting once a month
  • Representing the EU Committee at high level events
  • Chairing EU Committee Quarterly and management meetings
  • Working with our staff on the planning and delivery of our calendar of events and securing sponsorship where appropriate
  • Be available (easy to reach by phone/email)
  • Supported by a Vice Chair deputising in the absence of the Chair for the above responsibilities



What are the next steps?

Applicants should complete an application form. The deadline for the applications is October 17th with voting for candidates then open for three weeks. Votes will be cast by members of the British Chamber (Full and Patron member companies – one member one vote)

The new EU Committee Chair will be announced on 15th November and the call for the new Task Force leaders begins on the 17th November.

If you are interested to know more about the role or would like an application form, please get in touch with Uzma.


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