A new membership and events co-ordinator, Rachel McDerby, has been appointed by the Huddersfield-based Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce as in-person events make a return after the pandemic.

Rachel will be leading on the launch of the chamber’s first ever membership awards programme and the popular annual event, Kirklees Business Conference.

Rachel, who was membership co-ordinator at the chamber for six years before leaving in 2019, said: “I am delighted to be returning to the chamber at such a pivotal time.

“We’re returning to a full in-person events calendar after the pandemic, launching the chamber’s first ever membership awards and Kirklees Business Conference is on the horizon after a two-year hiatus.

“I hope that I can support the team and truly make a difference to the chamber’s offering of connecting, supporting and representing our membership.”

Rachel is joined on the team by new events and membership assistant Romaysaa Monfort. Romaysaa joins the chamber under the Government’s Kickstart scheme which provides six-month work placements for young people to support them on to the career ladder.

Martin Hathaway, the chamber’s managing director, said: “I am thrilled to welcome Rachel and Romaysaa to the team. It has been a tough two years for businesses and our local communities can benefit from chamber support now more than ever.

“Following the economic disruption of Covid-19, we are re-introducing our in-person events with a brilliant calendar in place for the year covering everything from networking and the Kirklees Business Conference to our inaugural awards celebration and international trade training courses.”