Board of Directors

The Chamber has a Board of Directors who are elected by the Membership at an Annual General Meeting. A President and Chairman are elected by the Board of Directors as is the Chief Executive. The Board of Directors are responsible for the strategic direction of the company and authority is delegated down to the Chief Executive and the staff of the organisation.

Christopher Page – President

Company Secretary
Partner: Girlings Solicitors

Carole Barron

Director of Innovation & Enterprise: University of Kent 

Carole completed her academic study by taking a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies at the University of Kent. She is Director of Innovation & Enterprise at the University of Kent and has worked in academia for 23 years in a variety of roles but has been specifically working at the interface between business and knowledge transfer for 15 years.

She joined Kent Innovation & Enterprise in 2001 and has extensive experience of working in partnership with the business community. Prior to joining Kent Innovation & Enterprise she was Manager of one of only nine DTI Centres funded to promote electronics design expertise to businesses.

Carole’s current interests lie in local and identifying innovative and creative ways of engaging with the business community, regional economic development, demonstrating impact through knowledge transfer/knowledge exchange and working at the interface of academia and the business community.

Tim Allen

Vice Chairman
Managing Director: M J Allen Group

Tim is the MD of the MJ Allen Group, a family owned engineering business with 240 employees. The company employs 100 people at Ashford where it casts and machines for a wide variety of industries including automotive and defence and manufactures and installs architectural metalwork through its Mather and Smith subsidiary. Away from Ashford the group has businesses in tooling and supplies clutches and brake discs to the automotive aftermarket.

Tim grew up in Smarden, attended Norton Knatchbull School and lives 15 minutes from the Ashford factory. He is keen to promote manufacturing within KICC and wants young people to take up engineering as a career.

Jo James

Chief Executive
Chief Executive: Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

Prior to taking up the position of Chief Executive in July 2008, Jo had worked for the Chamber in various positions since 1989 and has played a key role in the Chamber’s development over this period.  On behalf of the Chamber, she also holds Directorships of the Ashford Town Centre Partnership and the South East England Chamber of Commerce.

“I have lived in Ashford since 1974 and have seen first hand the positive changes that have taken place in our County over this period and in my new role, I welcome the opportunity to play an active part in future developments.”‘

Jo is married and lives in Ashford, as do her two grown up children.

Henry Nydam

Consultant: Legal

Daniel Ghinn

Managing Director: Creation Interactive Limited

Daniel Ghinn has lived in Maidstone for over twenty years and has co-founded successful local businesses including The Wonderful Creative Agency and Creation Healthcare, a consultancy to the global healthcare industry.

In his capacity as a Director of Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Daniel currently represents the Chamber on the Kent Police Business Crime Advisory Panel and is Chairman of the British Chambers of Commerce Accreditation Board.

Chris Hare

Vice Principal Corporate Development: K College

Chris has worked in Further Education since 1994, and has experience in the fields of Engineering, IT, Employer Engagement and Business Development.

In 2009 Chris was appointed Vice Principal Corporate Development where he widened his portfolio to include HR, Client Services, Business Improvement and Risk Management. In April 2010, the College successfully merged with a neighbouring College to form K College creating a combined £50m business with 1400 staff and 25,000 students.

Chris is passionate about Employer Engagement and continues to support many other Colleges across the South East region in their efforts to achieve greater results.

Married with two young children and an interest in a variety of sports helps keep Chris busy at the weekend and he returns to work on a Monday for a rest!

Nick Hawley

Human Resource Director: Groupe Eurotunnel

Nick is Human Resource Director at Groupe Eurotunnel, having joined them back in September 2007.  Predominantly focused on the Channel Tunnel operations, Nick also offers support and advice to the recently acquired UK railfreight business of GB Railfreight that has seen Groupe Eurotunnel broaden it’s activities from pure cross channel shuttle services to a fully integrated European passenger, truck and rail freight offering.  Nick looks after all aspects of Human Resources management from recruitment and selection, employee relations, Management Development, Compensation and Benefits, including pensions.  Additionally, Nick picks up Public Affairs matters for Eurotunnel liaising with regional and national government on both employment and transport issues.  With a combined degree in French and Business from Leeds.

Nick’s experience over the last 20 years has been gained in a number of manufacturing sectors including packaging, aerospace, automotive and building materials, his last employer before Groupe Eurotunnel, being Saint-Gobain, the French owned but global industrial and building materials group.

As well as Board Member for KICC, he has recently taken up the Transport Portfolio on behalf of the Chamber, ensuring members views on Transport issues in Kent are represented.

John Taylor

Director: Page & Wells, Surveyors, Valuers and Estate Agents

Practising Chartered Surveyor specialising in commercial and residential development and re-generation, including advice to charities. Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

Property advisor to major national charities including Order of St John, RBLI etc, and numerous housing associations. Many years experience in property related litigation work including expert witness in both upper and lower Courts. Main board member of the Maidstone Strategic Partnership. Appointed Governor of Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust. Director of Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the related Chamber Maidstone Economic Development Group. Chair of St John National Property Committee. Various Trusteeships including T S Scott/Maidstone Sea Cadets.

Richard Lavender

Consultant: Facilities Management

A Director and Board member of the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the Ashford Economic Development Group.

“I was born and educated in Kent, joined the Royal Air Force as an Aircraft Engineer. I served 25 years before leaving to join the family Building & Construction Company. In 1993 I joined Eurotunnel in the Train Crew Department and enjoyed many positions, eventually retiring as Property Service Director for UK & France. Since retiring I have been involved in many projects as a Property & Facilities Consultant.

“My interests have included: serving the Chamber, including Young Chamber, and school business mentoring which is very satisfying.  My hobbies include: golf, caravanning, travel, walking and enjoying retirement when I am not to busy with other things”. 

John Bunnet

Chief Executive: Ashford Borough Council



David Edwards

Director of Environment and Shared Services:
Maidstone Borough Council