Halton Chamber of Commerce chairman Peter Cook retires

 


 

Leading Cheshire business entrepreneur Dr Peter Cook steps down as chairman of Halton Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise this December, after eight years at the helm of Halton’s business community.

Dr Cook, 77, will continue to serve on the Chamber board but at the AGM on Tuesday 11 December, he will pass on the chair’s reins to a new board director to lead Halton’s business community into the post-Brexit world.

A former Cheshire Deputy Lieutenant, he has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as an engineer and business innovator, and continues to help firms and individuals flourish through his Plegmund Management Consultancy and other activities.

He was awarded Cheshire Businessperson of the Year (2006) and presented with a Liverpool Daily Post Business Award (2007) for leading the remarkable transformation of Runcorn’s former ICI industrial site into the highly successful Heath Business and Technical Park, which now provides employment for hundreds of people.

After graduating in chemical engineering from University College London, Dr Cook spent nearly 36 years working for ICI, including the design and commissioning teams of the company’s first petrochemical vinyl chloride monomer plant in the UK.

When ICI took the decision to close the Heath in 2000, Dr Cook re-shaped a section of its workforce into SOG Ltd, and then replicated the business model to save other ailing industrial sites across the country, serving as SOG’s CEO and chairman until 2013.

 

Over the years, Dr Cook has worked hard to serve his local community. In 2001, he became a founder member and chair of the North West Innovation Network. He has also served as a governor of Riverside College, Heath Secondary School and Heath Family Multi Academy Trust.

 

He said: “I feel now is the right time to step down from leading the Chamber and let a younger person with fresh ideas continue its success into the future. I’ve enjoyed my time as chairman and the support received from everyone that has helped make Halton one of the most vibrant and successful chambers in the region.”

 

Rachael Owen, Halton Chamber chief executive, said Dr Cook had been a great ambassador for business and a towering force for good within Halton.

She added: “Peter has made a significant contribution to the development of the Chamber, providing exceptional business knowledge and acumen, combined with endless enthusiasm. 

“During his time as chair, Peter has coached and mentored a range of businesses, including social enterprises and start-ups, providing valuable insight and practical solutions for all. He has helped to oversee the growth and popularity of the Halton Business Awards, now in its 10th year, initiated a new science and manufacturing network and always gives generously of his time, skills and expertise.  We are delighted and grateful Peter is planning to remain a member of the Chamber Board next year.”

 

All business men and women are invited to join Halton Chamber for its final 2018 networking event on Tuesday 11 December, 11.30am, at The Heath Business Park Conference Centre. Cost £10 for members, £15 for non-members. This includes a free Christmas lunch and will be followed by the Chamber AGM at 2pm. For more details, check the website www.haltonchamber.co.uk  or phone 0333 358 3480. 

 

14th November 2018

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