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Manufacturing boss takes over Burton Chamber president

Manufacturing boss takes over Burton Chamber president

Shaun Gray, European managing director of manufacturer Ginho, has been appointed as president of Burton and District Chamber of Commerce.


Mr Gray took over the presidential reins from Nik Hardy, founder and managing director of Hardy Signs, at the Chamber’s annual general meeting, which took place today.

Born and bred in Burton, Mr Gray says he is looking forward to helping the town get back on its feet after the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

He said:

“I feel extremely proud to take up such a role within my local town.  Burton is a town that I have gown up in and seen it change over a number of years. 

“We should be very proud of the past and history of our town but we must also look to the future and engage with local, regional and international business to bring sustainable growth at all levels and sectors within our town and region.  

“With the continued unlocking of the economy from Covid restrictions it will be great to local business and the town centre gradually and safely coming back life.”

Mr Gray began his career as an apprentice engineer with the William Cook Group and has worked for a number of businesses in metal industries throughout the world.

Today, he is based back in Burton, as European head of Chinese-owned Ginho, which is a specialist manufacturer of precision castings, components and assemblies.

The company was founded in 2003 as Gaomi Yonghe Precision Casting Ltd, and in 2014 Ginho Europe Precision Manufacturing was established in the UK.

On Mr Gray’s appointment, Chris Plant, director of Burton and District Chamber, said:

“Shaun is vastly experienced in international trade and I am looking forward to working with him and focusing on helping our members become aware of the international trade opportunities that are on the horizon.

“Shaun’s business is also one of the largest in Burton and I am looking forward to working with this true Burtonian.

“I would also like to say a personal ‘thank you’ to Nik Hardy, both personally and professionally. He has represented us at numerous business events during his time as president, and I view him as a great president and a good friend.”

Nik Hardy will remain on the Chamber’s council as vice-president, alongside Chris Else, managing partner of Else Solicitors, and Stacy Brown, commercial services manager at Dains LLP, who will also serve as vice-presidents.

Simon McAlpine, chief commercial officer at Infinity IT, and Karen McElroy,  managing director of FCM PR and Communications, were also appointed during the meeting as Chamber council members.

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