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New Chamber committee caters for young professionals

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A COMMITTEE to focus specifically on younger professionals in business was officially launched earlier this month by the Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber Connection committee members pictured at the launch were (from left): James Linder, Scott Hollywood, Jonathan Channing, Rebecca Houzé, Adam Vibert, Harry Hambrook, Breege Toland and Andrei Voinescu (not pictured, Caroline Dutot and Jacqui Patton) Picture: DAVID FERGUSON (20068859)

Chamber Connection is hoping to attract members aged 18 to 35 from all sectors of commerce and industry in the Island.

The initiative put in train by current Chamber president Eliot Lincoln was sparked by previous president Kristina Le Feuvre.

Mr Lincoln said: ‘This is the first committee in the organisation’s history that has been formed for an age demographic, rather than an industry sector, and that is deliberate. From speaking to employees who have just entered the workforce, it became clear that there are not currently any cross-sector business networking groups for young business minds that can offer quite the same access to fellow professionals afforded by the Chamber.

‘Careers are likely to involve working for multiple companies and may well span different industries and we hope that critical cross-sector connections made early on will prove invaluable in the future. The professionals getting involved with Chamber Connection now are very much the future of the Jersey Chamber of Commerce and indeed of the commercial sector of the Island as a whole,’ he said.

The new committee is chaired by Adam Vibert, a consultant at BDO Greenlight, with Advocate Caroline Dutot of Ardent Chambers as vice-chairman and a team of enthusiastic committee members who are aiming to provide opportunities for networking, personal development and political engagement.

Mr Vibert said: ‘We had an overwhelming response to the launch, with many young professionals contacting us to get involved. We are planning an ongoing events programme that should accommodate everyone who would like to be involved.

‘In the meantime, we welcome any young professionals who would like to receive our communications and invite them to like our Chamber Connection Facebook page (facebook.com/ChamberConnection) for updates and to sign up to the mailing list.’

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