Every year, Chamber members attend our AGM meeting held in March and alongside other essential business, the President, Vice Presidents and Volunteer Executive Board are voted in for the coming year.
This years vote saw a number of the Executive return for another term on the Board plus new members joining the table. As our Executive Team goes about supporting the local Business Community many members do not know much about them as individuals or their businesses. In the coming months, we will introduce our Board members, giving you, our members, an opportunity to find out more about each of them. We think it is useful to know who is working for you as a business community.
This month we would like to give a warm welcome to our newest Board members, the award-winning Indian food expert Sarah Ali Choudhury and Nikie Day of Pheonix Business Support who has recently taken up the role of Chamber Treasurer.
Sarah Ali Choudhury (http://sarahalichoudhury.com/)is a multi-award-winning Indian food expert and columnist and her recipes and articles have featured in print and online publications locally, nationally and internationally including Forbes, The Sun, The Telegraph, iNews, The Guardian and various other publications. Her work for Asian women in business was highlighted by Forbes in May 2019who recognise her as ‘The Curry Queen’ and as a leader in her field.
In 2016, Sarah took part in a Channel 4 Cookery show read more……where she worked alongside Prue Leith CBE, Michael Caines MBE and Raymond Blanc. Sarah is also an inspirational and motivational public speaker and has spoken at numerous events including at the Chartered Management Institute, Athena Swan Conference, The Federation of Small Businesses for London and The Elite Business Women’s Network as well as various educational institutions.
The Federation of Small Businesses appointed Sarah as the national lead for women in catering in January 2019.
Since 2017, Sarah received multiple awards including the National winner of The Venus Influential Woman of the Year (sponsored by Mercedes-Benz) and was presented with her award by HRH The Princess Royal for her contribution to the catering industry.
She was the first winner of New Kid on the Block in the UK Small Awards.
Sarah was a judge for the World Food Innovation Awards and Lead Juror for Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards. She is listed in the F: Entrepreneur #ialso100 List who recognise the top 100 Female entrepreneurs in the UK. Sarah received a Recognition Award at The Commandants Parade by The British Armed Forces and reached the BBPI British Asian Powerlist. Asian Curry Awards crowned her’Personality of the Year’ in 2018.
Sarah is Brand Ambassador for UK Nepal Friendship Society, Macmillan Caring Locally and The Venus Awards, The Nepal 2020 Campaign and is Patron of Tyler’s Friends Charity.
Sarah is also Senior Vice President for Poole Bay Rotary Club and the district leader for equality, diversity and inclusion. Sarah was appointed Executive Director on the board of Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce in March 2019.
Sarah comments, “I am honoured to be appointed as an Executive Director with The Bournemouth Chamber. I joined as a member about a year ago and found like-minded people creating great opportunities for small and medium-sized business owners. It is a great place to network and meet people who share a common interest in serving their community and their customers. Thank you to the team for gracefully accepting me as part of the board and I’m really excited about our future projects. Business owners out there who are looking to grow their business, who need advice or guidance, or are looking to network, be sure to get in touch with us as we are welcoming new members all the time…the more the merrier. Our board members give their time voluntarily to see our local business community flourish and we are proud to be able to make a difference.
The Board also welcomes Nikie Dady, Founder of Phoenix Business Support (https://www.phoenixbusinesssupport.co.uk/). Nikie joins the Board as the Chamber Treasurer bringing with her a wealth of business experience and knowledge to the role.
Nikie’s passion for business can be traced back to her pre-professional days. As a child, she was brought up working in the family business and watched the struggles that came with running a small enterprise. She understands the difficulties that many small companies are encountering in this economic climate and often has a practical solution.
Her career has been colourful and entertaining, working in both construction and financial services. From costing projects in commercial interiors, running an outsource DFM team for an IFA network, to more recently providing outsource business solutions such as bookkeeping and performance analysis, she has a diverse range of abilities and experience.
Outside of the office, Nikie is committed to raising awareness of brain injury and volunteers at the Dorset Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit. She enjoys a good Netflix binge but can also be found throwing a ball around with her old netball team-mates or walking her two German Shepherds in her local woods.
Nikie commented, “Having worked nationwide for much of my career, I joined the Bournemouth Chamber to be involved with the community and to raise awareness of local businesses. The Chamber gave me an opportunity to network with like-minded people and it soon became apparent that the existing Executive Directors want nothing more than to help other local businesses succeed. Most people don’t realise that the Chamber Directors are volunteers and that they also support major events in the community and fully support the Bournemouth & Poole CVS. Their ethos and dedication led to my decision to join them on the board.”
Next month we will take a closer look at long-standing Chamber Executives, Paul Thompson and Efe Ohwofasa. If you would like to more about each Executive, you can visit the about section of our website and view each Executives image and biography.
If you are interested in joining the Executive Board, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.