One of Birmingham’s most respected business figures has been appointed chairman of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group board.
David Waller, the former chairman and senior partner at the Birmingham offices of accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers will take up the role immediately after his appointment was approved at last Friday’s meeting of the BCCG Council.
Chamber members voted in October last year to create the new role of Board Chairman to run alongside the well-established role of President. The President will continue to be responsible for all the Chamber’s external and public affairs work, championing the interests of members with key decision makers in government at international, national and local level.
The chairman, working closely with chief executive Jerry Blackett, will be responsible for corporate business strategy and governance. Mr. Waller’s appointment is for three years.
Paul Bassi, outgoing President of Birmingham Chamber, said: “This is a natural next move in the development of the Birmingham Chamber Group. The Chamber in recent years has grown in complexity and business activity as it has sought to deliver a range of services wanted by its members.
“Much excellent progress has been achieved and David’s exceptional track record in business success together with his close affiliation with the Midlands makes him the perfect choice for this new appointment as we seek to drive yet further our business ambitions.”
Mr Waller, who held the 2007 title of West Midlands Ambassador of the Year for Business in the Community from Prince Charles, decided to step down from PwC in December 2008 in order to return to a career in business.
The firm has the largest professional services practice in the Midlands with more than 2,000 staff spread across three offices in the West and East Midlands - 1,650 of them in Birmingham.
Before joining PwC, Mr Waller held a number of senior managerial positions with Distillers, Kerrygold, and a global supermarket retailer. He worked abroad for several years in the Far East, Middle East and USA before returning to the UK.
He is married to Edwina and has a grown up family who are all into equestrian sports.
Other appointments include chairmanships of Nexus Professional Network, Network Group Holdings plc, Delami Investments and British Edutrust as well as local appointments including Trustee of Millennium Point Trust and Patron of St Giles Hospice.