New Chair for Marketing Nottingham

We would like to share with you some exciting changes that are underway here at Marketing Nottingham. Last week we appointed a new Interim Chair of the board. Iain Blatherwick will be taking on this crucial role and helping drive the board’s activity forward for the next six months.

Iain’s background was in corporate transaction work for both private and public sector clients, as well as advising on partnership issues. He became a Partner at Browne Jacobson in 1999 and then Managing Partner in 2009 and over 11 years presided over a period of unprecedented growth and activity at the firm. Under Iain’s stewardship the business grew to having a turnover of over £80m and 1000 members of staff. Since stepping down in April 2020, Iain now focuses on Governance and Leadership, having also qualified as an executive coach to help support clients and to make use of the skills, insight and experience – both highs and lows – he gained as a leader. Iain was also a key part of the team which came up with the original proposal for Nottingham Partners.

We would also like to extend our congratulations to Paul Southby, who is stepping down as the Chair of Marketing Nottingham and taking up the role of High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire. Paul will remain on our board as a member and will continue to chair Nottingham Partners events, but will be handing over all other Chair responsibilities to Iain this month to ensure a smooth transition.

We’d like to put on record our thanks to Paul for his tireless work and dedication to our organisation in his role as Chair and wish him the best of luck in his new role.

A key focus of Iain’s role as the new Interim Chair of the board will be working with partners at Creative Quarter Nottingham, The Nottingham Project, Nottingham City Council, the two Universities (University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University) and Nottingham Business Improvement District (Nottingham BID) on the creation of a Growth Company for Nottingham, bringing together partners for the benefit of the local economy.