16 October 2020
Jason Challoner, managing director of Valyou Recruitment, has taken over as president of Lichfield and Tamworth Chamber of Commerce.
Jason (pictured) has headed up his independent recruitment agency, which specialises in the construction, technical and building service sectors, for seven years.
The business, based in Chase Terrace Academy, now turns over £4m a year and was crowned winner of the Lichfield and Tamworth Small Business of the Year 2020.
He was handed the presidential baton from James Blackman, managing director of Cocoonfxmedia, who finished his five-year stint as president of the Chamber.
James will serve as honorary president of the Chamber.
Jason said: “I’m extremely thrilled to have taken over as Lichfield and Tamworth Chamber of Commerce president, and would like to thank James for his hard work, passion and dedication towards the Chamber during his years as president.
“I start my term as president in very uncertain and undeniably challenging times for business.
“I plan to use my tenure by working close with educators, training providers and business to assist in the recovery from the pandemic, develop skills and employment opportunities for the people of Lichfield and Tamworth.”
James said: “My tenure as president has been like a whirlwind and I must say that it’s been an absolute pleasure working with the Chamber. Jason will make an excellent president and I am looking forward to handing over the reins and look forward to his tenure.”
Jason’s appointment was rubberstamped during the Chamber’s annual meeting, held virtually today (16 October).
Julie Poppleton, director of careers education at Stephen Sutton Multi-Academy Trust, will join Jason during his presidential tenure, as vice-president of the Chamber.
Clare Lubrano, director at Raphael Design, Daniel Aston, HR partner at Access Bookings, Sarah Findlay-Cobb, chief executive of Landau Forte Academy and Elinor Eustace, income generation director at St Giles hospice also joined the Chamber’s council as executive committee members.
During the annual meeting, the Chamber also announced the date of its coveted 2021 Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield, Tamworth and Cannock Chase annual awards.
The flagship business event will take place on 28 January, and will, for the first time, include Cannock Chase Chamber of Commerce as part of the awards.
Three divisional awards categories, Small Business, of the Year, Large Business of the Year and Young Professional of the Year will be up for grabs during the event.
Chris Brewerton, senior business development manager and relationship manager at Lichfield and Tamworth Chamber of Commerce, said: “I’d like to congratulate Jason, Julie, Clare, Daniel, Sarah and Elinor on their appointments to the executive committee, and we’re really looking forward to their contributions.
“I’d also like to extend my thanks to outgoing vice-president's Lesley Walker and Clive Poole, who have stepped down, for their diligence on the council for several years.”