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It’s a wrap! Merton Chamber of Commerce announces new Chair of the Board

January 6, 2022
General News
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Chair of Merton Chamber of Commerce, John Merriman, has announced he will be stepping down after being a director for 5 years. He will be succeeded by Sarah Austin from the Really Helpful Club who will take over as Chair Elect from January.

John, who owns two Morden based businesses, Crown Lane Studio and Metronome, a Coffee House which opened its door for the first time during the pandemic, has represented the voice of small businesses and, most recently, hosted the Merton Best Business awards.

John said “It's been a real honour to chair this fantastic board. I am going to miss the creative energy and knowledge in the room at each meeting, and seeing the results outworked across the whole borough. I know that it's in safe hands with Sarah Austin as chair-elect and look forward to seeing what the future holds with this dynamic chamber. I have learnt a lot in the role, particularly from Diana Sterck, our CEO, and her exceptional leadership." 

 

Sarah Austin is the CEO and Founder of the Really Helpful Club, a unique community that helps and empowers its members in their business and personal lives. Sarah created the platform in 2014, which now boasts over 15,000members, with access to a trusted directory of experts and inspiring events in areas from health and wellbeing to career building. Before starting her own business, Sarah spent over a decade working in the City, as a Senior Director and Investment Manager. She holds an MA in Classics and Modern Languages from Oxford and is married with two children.

 

Sarah said "I am honoured to be taking on the role from John Merriman, who has done an outstanding job. I am looking forward to supporting our dynamic and successful business community, particularly as we recover from these challenging times, and to making Merton an increasingly attractive place to live and do business.”


Merton Chamber of Commerce is the largest local Chamber of Commerce in London with 700members. Diana Sterck, CEO, who has worked tirelessly to support businesses and fight for government support for them during the pandemic said “John has been an amazing Chair and has led us through a number of challenging periods to achieve success. I am very much looking forward to working with Sarah and the other Directors to continue our mission in making Merton a great place to setup and run a business”.