The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today announced the appointment of Martyn Pellew as President, succeeding Neville Reyner CBE DL. Mr Reyner completes three years at the helm of the leading business organisation and will become Honorary Past President.

Mr Pellew becomes President of the BCC after serving as Vice President of the organisation since July 2010. He takes up his new role at the BCC following ten years' involvement with the North East Chamber of Commerce, where he was President from 2009 to 2011.

Mr Pellew started his career in engineering, later working in the chemicals and leisure sectors in both the UK and the continent. He held the position of Group Development Director of PD Ports, based in Middlesbrough, between 2002 and 2010. Having worked for companies such as Morgan Crucible, Hoechst AG, Ladbroke, Exel and Unipart, across marketing, IT, communications and logistics, Mr Pellew will make a significant contribution to the BCC's national and European work.

Commenting on his appointment as BCC President, Martyn Pellew said: “The British Chambers of Commerce is truly a leading voice in business, and I am delighted to be appointed President. I look forward to driving the organisation forward, and to continuing the BCC's strong campaign to encourage enterprise and business growth. The BCC, and the Chamber of Commerce movement, represent businesses of every size, across every part of the UK, and will play a critical role in the UK's future growth."

Outgoing President Neville Reyner CBE DL added: “As President, I have worked together with the Director General, David Frost, to deliver an agenda for change. I am pleased that our success means the BCC is now one of the most influential business organisations in the corridors of power of Westminster, Whitehall and Brussels. I am confident Martyn’s wide business experience and long involvement with Chambers of Commerce, especially in the North East of England, will ensure the continued success of the BCC. In my firm opinion, there is no better time for companies to join their local Chamber.”