Danielle Gillett, Managing Director of EMB Group, has been appointed as Chair of the CBI’s East Midlands Council, taking over from Dr Nik Kotecha OBE DL, who stands down after completing his appointed two-year term.
Danielle’s extensive experience in financial and commercial leadership spans more than 20 years. In her current role as Chair of Leicester College, she is an avid promoter of collaboration between business and education, having held previous non-executive directorships supporting students at De Montford University and on national skills and enterprise advisory groups.
Danielle takes on this role at a crucial time for business in the East Midlands, which boasts unique growth potential for clean energy activities and zero carbon initiatives. She will advocate for increased investment in skills and R&D, boosting business confidence and seizing the economic prizes on offer in regional priority areas. This includes accelerating the UK’s push to net zero – aided by the development of a new Zero Carbon Innovation Centre as part of the East Midlands Freeport - and building on the skills of the East Midland’s workforce.
Talking about her new role as CBI East Midlands Chair, Danielle said:
“I’m honoured and excited to be stepping into the role as Chair of the East Midlands CBI Regional Council, and my thanks go to Nik for his leadership and focus in the East Midlands.
“As we head into 2024, the role of the CBI will be crucial in shaping the agenda for stability and growth across the UK. The East Midlands has a successful and diverse business community and it’s more important than ever to ensure our voice is heard loud and clear in the run-up to the general election. The CBI will be championing issues that matter most to firms, like gearing up for a sustainable future, embracing digital technology and maximising opportunities to innovate.
“At this pivotal moment, I look forward to playing my part and working closely with the other members of the East Midlands Regional Council to ensure our views are part of regional and UK-wide discussions.”