JOE Kelly, chief administration officer and company secretary at Birmingham Airport has been elected as the new president of Solihull Chamber of Commerce.
Joe was immediately full of praise for the ‘vibrant and active’ organisation and sees the region as the centre of the Government’s strategy to move the country into prosperity.
Joe said: “We are a very fortunate generation never encountering the type of world war conflict our parents’ generation did. But make no mistake we are in a war and it is worldwide and to succeed we are going to have to fight and battle.
“The Heseltine review is a Government initiative which places the region in the limelight and which will provide an exciting opportunity for the Chamber and its members.
“The Chamber’s ability to help businesses and their people by offering services that connect business to opportunities will become increasingly important in this ever expanding marketplace.”
Solihull Chamber is part of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group, which, is the largest and oldest Chamber in the UK.
Joe is a Brummie and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1982, gaining an MBA from Aston University in 1993. In his role with Birmingham Airport he has responsibility for supporting the delivery of the new runway extension.
He lives in Solihull and is married to Wendy and they have two grown up children. He was elected president for two years, taking over from Alan Volkaerts, operations director at Jaguar Land Rover.