06 Jul 2022

Laois Chamber in the market for a new Chief Executive

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Pat McDonagh, Bernie Everard, Laois Chamber CEO; Martin Crowley, President Laois Chamber and Stephen Hudson, Permanent TSB manager Portlaoise at an event in 2019

The organisation that represents the interests of business around Laois is recruiting a new CEO.

Laois Chamber of Commerce is inviting applicants for the vacancy at the organisation which was reestablished in 2019.

Bernie Everard was appointed to the role during 2019 and had since helped put the entity back on the map by co-ordinating various initiatives to help Laois business succeed and meet the challenges faced.

Ms Everard said she is moving onto the next phase of her career to pursue new opportunities.

“I feel very confident that Laois Chamber has been established on a great foundation and had provided a crucial support to the business community during a very difficult period. During my two years in the role of CEO I had the opportunity to engage with businesses of all sizes, across multiple sectors alongside working with stakeholders and public representatives.

"The Chamber set out to promote Laois as a great place to live, work and do business and I feel that message has been well represented locally, regionally and nationally. The start-up phase of the Chamber is complete and it’s now well positioned to thrive and grow over the coming years as Laois develops economically and socially.

"I’ve made many great connections and friends and plan to continue to spread the word about Laois and will be back as a visitor to the many wonderful attractions and beauty spots the county has to offer,” she said.

Laois Chamber paid tribute to the outgoing CEO and said it is looking for a new CEO who will lead a very dynamic, growing entity. 

"This is a very exciting time to join a growing Chamber in one of the fastest-growing counties in Ireland.  The ideal candidate will require well-honed commercial and business management skills coupled with a track record of leadership and exemplary stakeholder management skills.   

"The Chamber board, Chamber members and the Laois business community would like to thank Bernie Everard for her dedication and for leading the way in the setting up of the new Laois Chamber.  She developed great network opportunities for business members, she grew the membership from zero and helped to organise many great events such as our jobs fair, breakfast mornings and an unforgettable launch of the new Chamber.  The Chamber board would like to wish her every success with her bright future," it said.

Applicants have until June 4 to apply for the position.

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