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Gemma Bee becomes new director of the National Enterprise Network.

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Gemma, who is BES’ Operations and Finance Director, was voted into the role at the NEN Annual General Meeting in London on Friday, November 18.

She said: “I am delighted to have been voted in as a director for the NEN.

“The network is absolutely invaluable in lobbying government on behalf of enterprise agencies and ensure that small business needs are at the forefront of policy.

“I am looking forward to helping shape the future of NEN and making sure that the network is working hard for its members and their clients.”

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Gemma Bee, third from left, at the NEN Conference alongside fellow Directors.

New NEN chairman also announced

Graham Marley has taken over as chairman. Graham is the Chief Executive of the Sussex based Let’s Do Business Group, Graham. He previously worked as a Senior Business Manager with NatWest.

Mr Marley, whose appointment was also announced on Friday, said: “I’m proud to have worked in the enterprise support sector for 15 years.

“I know from my time running Let’s Do Business Group how essential National Enterprise Network is – to demonstrate the value of enterprise support organisations, to provide an independent voice across the sector and to support the work of each and every member across the network.

“It is my absolute pleasure to lead the Board from here and to cultivate our strategy over the next two years.”

Three other new directors were also appointed alongside Gemma, as well as a reappointment, following member elections.

Dawn Cranswick from PNE Group in Newcastle, Joanne Fulthorpe from Business & Enterprise Trust in Accrington, and Wendy Spencer from Airedale Enterprise Services in Keighley were confirmed as new directors. While Alex Till, from Menta in Suffolk, was also re-elected further to his original appointment in 2014.