Local lawyer and businessman Roy Shutz has been elected as chairman of
the Eastern Branch of the Institute of Directors which represents more
than 1,000 company directors throughout Cambridgeshire.
Roy, who lives in the village of Lower
Dean near Huntingdon, has been a member of the branch committee for
the past four years, most recently as leader of its discussion group.
He takes over as branch chairman from
Stephanie Smye, director of Smye Holland Associates, who steps down
after three years in the post.
Roy said: "I would like to pay
tribute to the conscientious, diligent and capable manner in which
Stephanie has led the branch.
"The new committee and I look
forward to arranging a programme of interesting and enjoyable events
as well as providing robust and forceful advocacy on behalf of members
and the mainly small and medium sized business in which they
Forceful advocacy should be second
nature to Roy who worked for 15 years as a barrister in chambers in
London. He is currently chairman of Romar Investments Ltd, a small
commercial property company. He is also a director of Maze Restaurants
Ltd of Saffron Walden.
Born in 1943 he studied law at the
University of Birmingham and gained a Certificate in Education before
going on to work at Longsands School in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, and
then at the University of Warwick and the London School of Economics
prior to starting a career as a barrister.
Whilst living in London he was for
sixteen years a member of Barnet London Borough Council and at various
times held the position of chairman of the education committee, leader
of the council and mayor. He is currently a member of the general
council of the British Property Federation.
Retiring chairman Stephanie Smye said:
"The past three years have mostly been great fun but, at times,
very hard work. Roy and others on the committee have given me
tremendous support and I am delighted to be able to hand over to
someone whom I know will make a great success of leading the branch
into the future."