Orient Magazine Issue 86 - April 2022 - Page 7

Message from the President
Message from the President
Richard Warburton President , British Chamber of Commerce Singapore richard @ britcham . org . sg
Dear Members ,
This issue of the Orient will be published in the same week as our Annual General Meeting , which is an important event in the BritCham calendar where we reflect on all that we have achieved as a Chamber over the last 12 months . This AGM is also the point that I step down as President of the Chamber , having been on the Board for eight years .
Maybe , in time it will be refered to as the ‘ Covid Presidency ’, as unfortunately Covid has dominated everything that has happened during my term , with the exception of the first few months . I recall the discussions with David and the Chamber team whether we should cancel the New Year networking drinks at the end of January 2020 , just as news of the virus started to emerge . We didn ’ t , and it was a sold-out event , but little did we realise that this would be our last unlimited numbers networking event until this AGM .
I am immensely proud of how the Chamber has pivoted it ’ s offering , reacted to the needs of the members , and proactively addressed the prevailing constraints we all found ourselves in . I believe that the Chamber has emerged stronger , more agile and set up for ongoing success , and I am honoured to have played my small part in ensuring the health and longevity of the Chamber . With the appointment of Damian Adams as President , I know the Chamber has a great leader , and I am pleased to have served alongside Damian for many years on the Board .
The success of the Chamber is down to the whole community , and members supporting and being there for fellow members . I do want to say a big personal thank you to David , the Chamber team , Board and ExCo ( current and past members ), and Kara , Steve and Natalie . Thank you for all your support – it has been very much appreciated - and I shall miss our time together .
Best Regards ,