Yorkshire Bank's Gary Lumby is new Leeds Chamber of Commerce president

YORKSHIRE Bank senior executive Gary Lumby is the new President of Leeds Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

The bank's head of retail and small business banking was elected to the post at the Chamber's annual meeting yesterday (Mon) and will hold the post for the next two years.

The announcement of his appointment was made at the Chamber's annual lunch, where over 350 business people had the opportunity to hear the incoming President's vision for the both the city and the business community.

Mr Lumby said that he wanted to see the Chamber as "the voice of business", which would allow greater influence on Government.

He said he wanted Leeds, York, Harrogate, Scarborough, the Leeds City Region and Yorkshire to be the place to visit and to set up business.

He also called on the business community to foster collaborative working between private, public and voluntary sectors for the benefit of business and the general population of Yorkshire.

He emphasised the need to "sing with one voice about Leeds and the city region".

Mr Lumby also discussed his desire for "leadership through everyone" in Leeds, pointing out that "everyone is an advocate and an ambassador of Leeds and the City Region".

The President emphasised the need for people to shout about why Leeds and Yorkshire was such a great place to live and work.

He highlighted the city's proposed Eastgate development and the recently commissioned Leeds Arena as two areas that the city should tell the world about.

He also raised a call to action from everyone to "get onside" with what was great about doing business in Yorkshire, and to do this "everywhere, everyday and every time".