We are celebrating the 100th issue of our newsletter and we would like to take this opportunity to introduce the team that is behind every e-mail, newsletter, post, invitation (and even the invoices) that you receive.
As most of you know, the newsletter keeps you up to date with the Chamber’s news and upcoming events. This publication was conceived as a regular link between us and our network, which is expanding every day and it is about to reach over 3,500 contacts already.
Since it was launched, the Chamber staff has always tried to find new ways to be a channel that not only links companies together, but also connects business to people at a more personal level.
There are some members that are quite active in regard to attending our events, but there are many others that do not get the chance to come as often as they would like, or even have not had the opportunity to attend any of them at all. That is why, aside from telling you about what we do and the services we offer, we would like to tell you a bit about the team behind the Chamber.
Igor Urra – Secretary General
The Secretary General is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day operations at the Chamber. He is the glue that holds all the pieces together. Since his appointment, Igor has been meeting our existing members and Patrons, developing new avenues of collaboration with them and working on several new projects for the Chamber.
Curious fact: He’s a die-hard Arsenal and Real Sociedad supporter. Beware Real Madrid fans, he’ll never understand you!
Tom Newman – Accounts and Member Relations
For every organisation it is crucial to manage the available resources in order to develop its mission and aim. Tom manages the financial side of the Chamber and has made the sentence “I’m off to the bank” almost the official anthem of the Chamber. With a characteristic British elegance, he is able to develop new member relations and engage them nonchalantly in our activities.
Curious fact: Come rain or shine, you can bet Tom will spend his birthday at Ascot in hat and tails like the British gentleman he is.
Cristina Carmona – Corporate Relations & Communication
After having managed and organised the Chambers events for the last two years, Cristina is now focused on corporate relations, building professional alliances with like-minded Chambers of Commerce and corporate representatives in order to launch new activities. She also looks to develop new relations with sponsors and to create attractive opportunities for them to gain visibility at our events. Cristina is also the Co-Ordinator of the Graduate European Programme. Curious fact: An avid reader, she’s highly likely to raid a bookstore during her lunch break. That’s probably why she stays in often.
Rubén Fernández – International Trade & Business Development
The challenge to develop synergies between both the British and Spanish markets requires forward thinking and the ability to pick up on opportunities. Rubén is an expert in the field and has an extensive knowledge of the different tools and commercial actions that best suit the customer. He is in charge of building strong partnerships and links with local Chambers of Commerce in Spain in order to foster bilateral trade.
Curious fact: Although a rare treat, his “tortilla paisana” has to be the best tortilla ever tasted in this office.
María Prieto – Events & Communication
One of the ways the Chamber provides its members with the opportunity to expand their network is through the organisation of events. Since joining the Chamber last year, María has been very involved in the organisation of different activities and has managed the LinkedIn group, keeping our members updated on activities, news and everything in between. She has recently been promoted to Events & Communication Co-ordinator, and you will be seeing a lot of her at our upcoming activities.
Curious fact: She has rightfully earned the nickname “sopitas”, after living almost entirely on Pret-a-manger soups.
The staff is also currently supported by three interns: Annie, Elena and Mar, who help make possible the many activities we carry out. Now that you know us a bit better, come say hello at the next event. We’ll be happy to meet you!