Chiltern Chamber Committee

The Committee is a team of highly experienced local business people who understand the challenges and enjoyment of running a business. The team seeks to help members navigate and expand their businesses in a challenging marketplace.

The Committee comprises:

CHAIRMAN
VICE-CHAIRMAN
TREASURER
SECRETARY
  • Cllr. Jane MacBean
  • Chesham Town Council – Lowndes
  • Chiltern District Council – Asheridge Vale & Lowndes
  • Tel: 07812 177 794
  • E-mail: jmacbean@chiltern.gov.uk
  • Cllr. Mark Vivis
  • Amersham Town Council – Mayor of Amersham
  • Tel: 01494 725756
  • E-mail: markvivis@hotmail.com

 

ACCOUNTANT
REPRESENTING CTC
REPRESENTING ATC

Vee Bharakda, Chair

vee bharakda, chair chiltern chamberVee joined Wilkins Kennedy in 2012, having previously worked as an associate director at Baker Tilly.

As a Director in the Restructuring & Recovery department in the Amersham office, her day-to-day responsibilities include case management, business development and client facing work.

With over 20 years’ experience in both corporate and personal insolvency, Vee has assisted many company directors in all aspects of business recovery and turnaround situations.

She believes in a sympathetic approach to those burdened with high levels of debt, ensuring that they receive appropriate advice based on their personal circumstances. She has assisted in the sale of various insolvent businesses as going concerns to maximise their value for banks, creditors and to preserve employment for staff.

Vee is a member of the HMRC Working Together Committee, an ambassador for the Acts of Hope Charity and is actively involved with the local Chamber of Commerce and Industry organisations.

As of 1st January 2013, Vee Bharakda was appointed as Chesham Chamber’s new Chairperson. Vee Bharakda says: “I am very excited about my new appointment as the Chairman of the Chesham Chamber. The Chamber has had a significant impact supporting local businesses over the years and strives to be the voice of the local business community and we prioritise the need to represent our members views”.
Chesham Chamber

Andy Garnett

Chiltern Chamber Vice-Chair Andy GarnettAndy started his career in publishing, before becoming a Senior Advisor specialising in Leadership and Management. In this capacity between 1982 and 1993 he advised and worked with a range of organisations including St Paul’s Cathedral, BT, Rolls Royce and Vickers PLC 1982-1993.

The Garnett Foundation

Andy founded The Garnett Foundation in 1994, specialising in organisational change and drama-based training. The Garnett Foundation has won a number of awards for its innovative approach to engaging people to improve their performance (CBI National Award). Clients include: British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Cabinet Office, Arriva, Pitney Bowes, Equality and Human Rights Commission. The organisation has trained over 120,000 people in the last 8 years. It has been based in Chesham for 18 years

Directory of Social Change

Andy Garnett is a Trustee of The Directory of Social Change, a National Charity that specialises in supporting Charities and putting beneficiaries and benefactors in touch with each other.

Chiltern Chamber

Vice Chairman of the Chiltern Chamber of Trade and Commerce supporting local businesses, and with a plan to expand support and services across the Chiltern District

Interests

Sailing in the Solent and Greek Islands; led team that designed and built the World Record for Largest Christmas Cracker; national and local politics; dogs

Steve Hayden, Treasurer

steve hayden treasurer of chiltern chamber

Company: Green Telecom Limited
Role: Managing Director
Employees: 15
Location: Chesham
Email: sjh@greentelecom.co.uk
Contact number: 01494 775500

Business experience/ how my business experience can help businesses

Green Telecom provide businesses with a telecoms one stop shop for Phone Lines, Telephone Systems, Broadband and Mobile Phones. We also help businesses implement cost savings across this range of services.

Role on committee

Treasurer dealing with the financial side of the chamber.

Other relevant information

  • Treasurer for the Chiltern Leads Networking Group. www.chilternleads.org.uk
  • BTEC Certificate in Telecommunications
  • Member of the Federation of Communication Services
  • Member of the Institute of Telecom Professionals
  • ISO9001 Company

Anne Scott, Committee Member

Chiltern Chamber Committee member Anne ScottAnne Scott joined the Chamber Committee in March 2015, having been an Ambassador for around a year.

Originally a pharmacist, Anne retrained as a chocolatier, and set up Auberge du Chocolat in 2005 with her husband.

In common with many people running a small business, her role in the company is extremely varied. She is responsible for all of the chocolate and ice cream production, as well as being heavily involved with social media, advertising, design, marketing, sales… Added to that, she runs parties and workshops for children and adults.

As a company, L’Auberge du Chocolat has won over 70 national and international awards.

With all this in mind, Anne feels that she has a great deal of empathy with the small business person. She says: “Whilst I can’t give professional advice on accounts or the law, I have a lot of hands on experience which I’m very happy to share. I often think a sympathetic ear prepared to listen to and help work through a problem can be invaluable.”

Aside from work, Anne is a member of her local church, and has three grown-up children.