At last nights Forum committee meeting David Cawley was appointed to the Chair of the Business Forum.. David has held this role before and has been a member of the Dartmouth Business community for many years. After his appointment David said:
“This is going to be hard work but enjoyable. Many thanks to Paul who stepped in so quickly after Peter Bailey re-located to Exeter.
Many of you will know that I chaired the Chamber of Trade 10 years ago and I was also Chairman of the TIC 15 years ago for 4 years. Dartmouth isn’t the place it was then and one of my goals will be to try and get back to organisations in the town meeting together and networking. Quality Destination Tourism is the life blood of Dartmouth but we should all be supporting and encouraging other businesses as well.
I hope the committee will endorse my view that we need a low cost route to membership so that all local businesses can sign up to our ideals and be represented. This might result in 200-400 members and that will give us the biggest voice in Dartmouth.
We must strive to keep Dartmouth special and remember why we are living and running businesses here. Profitability and quality of life are both important and hence we all need to work together.”
Paul Reach, who stood down from the Chair for personal reasons, will be supporting David during the first few months by maintaining the website and newsletter for the Forum. He said that David has played a big role in the development of Dartmouth as a community, including playing a leading role in the TIC in 2002, and as the Councillor responsible for managing the redevelopment of the Market Square. His experience will be invaluable in maintaining the key role the Forum must play for Dartmouths Business community.
Peter Bailey has resigned from the Board which means that David Cawley will be appointed as a Director to the Board in his place.
The minutes of last nights committee meeting will be posted when approved.