A PUBLIC relations executive has been elected President of Waterford Chamber. Jonathan Earl, owner of B2B Communications, was chosen at the chamber’s AGM in the Granville Hotel.
He has been involved with Waterford Chamber since joining the retail committee in 1996.
He became a director in 2000 and subsequently returned to directorship in 2014.
He is chair of the Chamber’s Connectivity, Infrastructure and Development Policy Advisory Panel and the Chambers Ireland representative on the Programme Monitoring Committee of the Ireland-Wales Programme.
After his election, he spoke of “significant changes” he had seen in Waterford city and county.
This is a time to restore confidence
“Waterford has emerged from being an industrial city to a post-industrial climate with the evolution of our tourism offering, service industry and the growth of our tech, pharma and life-science sectors,” he said. Waterford has a proud business tradition, but in recent decades has lost its confidence.”
“Over the last few years there has been significant investment in Waterford, hundreds of millions, and there are hundreds of millions more to be invested over the next number of years.This is a time to restore that confidence, but as with life, it cannot be restored from without, confidence must come from within.
“Waterford Chamber will play its part, but it requires a consistent, confident message from all stakeholders, large and small. And it requires partnership and collective responsibility from within for confidence and success to be restored.”