Chamber CEO steps down

Alison McGrath has resigned as chief executive of the Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce, which is now preparing to relocate its offices and restructure its operations.

Alison McGrath has resigned as chief executive of the Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce, which is now preparing to relocate its offices and restructure its operations.

The reorganisation will see the Chamber move from its current offices in Tilbury Place in the city and put “a new emphasis on voluntary input from Chamber members and directors,” according to a statement by the Chamber. One part-time staff position with the Chamber has also been made redundant in recent weeks.

Chamber president John Purcell said the departure of the chief executive necessitated a detailed look at how the Chamber does its business.

“In common with all businesses the Chamber has been hit hard by the economic collapse of recent years, with many members ceasing to trade while many others who have remained in business are under pressure to pay their memberships,” Mr Purcell said.

Kilkenny Chamber will be holding its annual general meeting on July 5, at which Mr Purcell will hand over to a new Chamber president as his two-year term of office comes to an end.

“At the AGM the Board and Directors of the organisation will provide a full briefing to members on the financial challenges which have been faced by the Chamber and will outline details of the restructuring, our hopes for the future development of the Chamber and more information on how future services will be delivered to members and representations will be made on behalf of the business community,” Mr Purcell said.