The Chief Executive of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce has announced his retirement.

During his time at the Chamber, Kevin Smith has set up and established many initiatives, including the Isle of Wight Lottery, the Isle of Wight’s Business Ambassador Scheme and the ‘national standard’ of Investment in Young People (InYP) which recognises contributions made by UK businesses in terms of helping young people with employment opportunities.

He’s been in the role for 17 years but will now retire in June (2018).

Kevin says he will look back fondly:

“I have really enjoyed myself working for the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce and it has been a privilege to help support, promote and to be a champion for the Isle of Wight, not only for the Island’s business community, but also for the whole of the Island.

President of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce, Geoff Underwood, says Kevin has served the Chamber well:

“Through Kevin’s efforts, the Isle of Wight Chamber is today one of the most highly regarded Chambers of Commerce in the country. Kevin has represented the Chamber in a highly professional manner and his innovation and energy has been second to none.

I am truly grateful for the many ways in which he has made the Chamber a better organisation and he will surely be a tough act to follow.”

The recruitment process for a suitable replacement is now underway with a view to appointing a new Chief Executive before Kevin retires.