Charles Howeson to accept the role of Honorary Vice-President of Devon and Cornwall Business Council

30 Jul 2015

During a recent meeting of the DCBC Board, the Directors unanimously agreed to invite Charles Howeson to the role of Honorary Vice-President.

After a distinguished 25 year career with the Royal Navy, culminating in the role of Chief of the Allied Staff in Gibraltar, Charles embarked on a successful commercial career.

More recently, Charles has made a direct contribution to urban regeneration, Regional economic development and National industry and infrastructure performance through an increasing range of public service appointments in the voluntary, community, and ‘not for profit’ sectors.

Charles has held a number of high profile board appointments over recent years, including: Chairman of First Great Western Trains Advisory Board, Chairman National Health Service Property Services Ltd (National) and was Chairman of the Strategic Health Authority for the South West, Chairman the Consumer Council for Water in the West, whilst in the private sector, Chairmanship of the Rowe Group, one of the largest private company groups based in the South West, Chairman of SPS Ltd (Pathology) and Regional Chairman of Coutts and Co bankers and of Harvey Nash plc. He is also a trustee of the Bermuda Institute of Oceanographic Sciences (BIOS) and of the 19th Duke of Somerset. Until recently he was Chairman of the UK Seafish Industry Authority.

As a champion for his home town of Plymouth and the wider region, Charles has Chaired the Plymouth Area Business Council for the past 15 years and has recently been appointed as President of Plymouth and Devon Chamber of Commerce.

Charles will add strength and depth to DCBC’s strategic lobbying activities through his connectivity into London, Westminster and Whitehall. In addition, Charles will play a key role in further strengthening DCBC’s position as the single voice for the business community across Devon and Cornwall, something which is more important now than ever before.

“I am delighted and also honoured to be joining the DCBC team at a time when clear strategic messaging has never been more important for the region. Having been an enthusiastic supporter right from the outset, I am glad that henceforward I will be able to make a more direct contribution to the key cross county economic and infrastructure agenda and also to help us to punch our weight in London and internationally.” Charles Howeson, Honorary Vice-President of DCBC

“I warmly welcome Charles aboard DCBC. His experience and skills will greatly enhance the capacity of DCBC in lobbying for the best deal for businesses in the region.” David Whiteley, Honorary President of DCBC

“I am delighted to welcome one of the most distinguished business leaders in the SW to join DCBC at an important moment in the council’s strategic business growth. Charles will add considerable weight to a number of highly significant regional and national opportunities” Tim Jones, Chairman of DCBC


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