A new permanent chief executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce has been confirmed.

Margaret Corneby, who had been acting up to the role in recent months, be responsible for the overall management of the chamber covering three separate subsidiaries, with 45 staff at four locations and 1600 members.

She said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the last four months and I look forward to the exciting challenges the future holds. The Black Country Chamber of Commerce is driven by its members; we want members to tell us what they want and our job is to make it happen. That is why I am getting out seeing people as much as possible, and why a lot of what we are doing now is based on the feedback we get from our members.”

Ms Corneby joined the Wolverhampton Chamber as Representation and Policy Manager in 1998, progressing to director of Wolverhampton in 2001 when the four Chambers of the Black Country merged.

In 2008, she became area director for both Wolverhampton and Dudley chambers.

The chamber said she has a wide experience of business and industry which began in 1970 as the only female salesperson for a steel stockholder in Cradley Heath.