Head of Leeds, York and North Yorks Chamber of Commerce resigns – not clear why

Mr Williamson (centre) flanked by two new directors of the Chamber's board, who have since resigned

Gary Williamson has stepped down as chief executive of the Leeds York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, it was announced today.

It’s not clear why Mr Williamson has resigned from the post which he has held since the Leeds Chamber merged with that of York and North Yorkshire in 2008.

A press release issued by the Chamber gave no reasons for the resignation, but quoted the Chamber’s chair Tom Morton as saying: “The board is very grateful for the contribution which Gary has made to the chamber over the last ten years and wish him the best of luck in the future.”

Len Cruddas, a former chief exec of the York and North Yorks Chamber, is standing in as chief executive following Mr Williamson’s departure.

Mr Williamson’s resignation is the third from the Chamber’s board in the last four months. Leeds City Council Chief Exec Tom Riordan and Council leader Keith Wakefield both resigned as directors last autumn to avoid any possible “conflict of interest”.

It wasn’t possible to reach Mr Williamson by phone at the Chamber’s HQ this morning. An email we sent to him this morning was answered this afternoon by the Chamber’s marketing manager.

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