Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce has announced the appointment of a new head of policy.

Emily Stubbs (pictured) has been promoted to the role, having been part of the Chamber’s policy team since 2017. In her new position, Emily will have full responsibility for development of the organisation’s policy, campaigns and research activity.

The University of Birmingham law graduate joined the GBCC in 2017 as policy and patron advisor and earned a promotion to policy and projects manager four years later. In her most recent role as senior policy and projects manager, Emily managed the delivery of research and engagement projects with specific focus areas including education, employment and skills and business productivity.

During her time at the Chamber, Emily has also spearheaded the annual Growth Through People campaign, as well as delivery of the Birmingham Economic Review in partnership with the University of Birmingham’s City-Region Economic and Development Institute (City-REDI). In the past 12 months, Emily co-authored the West Midlands and Warwickshire Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP), funded by the Department for Education and produced by Coventry and Warwickshire Chambers of Commerce in partnership with Greater Birmingham and Black Country Chambers.

She said: “I’m honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead the GBCC’s policy activities. My predecessors in this role have left big shoes to fill but I am immensely grateful for the support, knowledge and experience they have shared throughout my time at the Chamber.

“The Chamber serves a pivotal role as steadfast advocates and the foremost voice for Greater Birmingham's businesses. I am committed to maintaining this legacy and look forward to working with my talented team to conduct independent, business-led research, facilitate the sharing of best practice between local businesses, and engage stakeholders on behalf of our members.”

Director of external affairs at the GBCC, Raj Kandola, said: “Since joining the Chamber in 2017, Emily has played a crucial role in shaping our policy output, with a particular focus on growing the reach and profile of the Birmingham Economic Review and Growth Through People campaign over the years. I’m delighted that she will be stepping up to lead the team that is responsible for our policy, campaigns and research activity.

“Under Emily’s leadership, I’m excited to see the development of the team as we continue to drive forward the Chamber’s External Affairs activity in the months and years ahead.”