The chief executive of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce is stepping down from the role this summer after nearly nine years in post.
Since his appointment as part-time CEO in 2005, David Parlby has overseen a period of significant change at the Chamber. During his tenure, paid membership has grown from 500 members to more than 700, the staff complement has more than doubled to 15 and turnover has risen from £350,000 to £800,000.
Under his stewardship, the Chamber has also expanded its project delivery role. Mr Parlby has also been pro active in lobbying for improvements for the city, mainly around transport infrastructure.
Mr Parlby said: “I have hugely enjoyed my eight-and-a-half years at the Chamber and believe that as the leading business representative organisation in Plymouth the Chamber has made many important contributions to the development of Plymouth’s economy.
“With the strong board and superb Chamber team, the Chamber is in very good shape. However, I turn 60 in August and wish to pursue a number of other business, community and leisure interests which are not possible to do while running the Chamber. I wish Plymouth well and look forward to seeing the substantial progress made over the past few years continuing and indeed accelerating.”
Chamber chairman Paul Woods said: “David has made a superb contribution to the development of the Chamber over the past eight-and-a-half years. He has provided high quality strategic leadership, making him and the Chamber very well respected throughout the city.”