Black Country Chamber of Commerce has strengthened its Sandwell team with the appointment of two new members to its local board.
They are Stan Hardy, of the Confederation of British Metalformers, and Caroline Badyal, head teacher of Dartmouth School in Great Barr.
Since her appointment two years ago, the school has made rapid progress, as confirmed by the Ofsted report in April.
Caroline has led the way in encouraging enterprise and it will be one of the focus areas when the new school is built in 2008.
Dartmouth students recently won a national award for a booklet which aims to ease the transition for new students entering secondary education. Students received a National Award for Enterprise from the National Gifted and Talented Academy.
Stan is project director for the CBM, which is based at the National Metalforming Centre in West Bromwich. He spent many years in manufacturing, notably within the GKN Group, and is a member of the Confederation of British Industry's national Trade Association Forum Steering Committee.
He works in parallel with Caroline on encouraging young people to enter engineering and manufacturing as chairman of Create a Future.
Sandwell chamber president Pete Rana said: "Caroline and Stan both have talents and knowledge that will enhance the chamber. I look forward to them making a positive contribution to the local business community."