Chamber chairman calls it quits

WHITLEY Bay Chamber of Trade chairman Karen Goldfinch has stepped down after moving her business out of the town.

Mrs Goldfinch had been chairman of the chamber for three years, since taking over from former Newcastle Building Society chief executive Bill Midgley, but announced her decision to quit at the group’s latest meeting.

She has called time after moving the wedding and events business she runs with her husband Shaun, formerly based at the Made to Treasure shop in Whitley Road, to new premises at Newcastle Business Village in Benton.

Mrs Goldfinch, pictured, said: “I have enjoyed the position greatly, but due to work and family commitments I can no longer continue in this post.

“It is time for me to step to one side and let someone else continue with the progress the chamber has made.

“This is not a decision I’ve taken lightly.

“I enjoyed my time there. I learnt a lot about myself, the town and how the council operates, and I’ve met some fantastic people both in the town and others who want to help the town be successful.

“But the time is right to focus on my family and my business.

“I’ll definitely still take an interest in Whitley Bay – we still live there – and we wish the chamber all the success in the future.”

The chamber is being led by vice-chairman Lisa Mitchell and secretary June Tolson until a new chairman is appointed.