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The Leadership Team

Click on each photograph to find out more on each member of our leadership team.

Katrina Walker

Chair

Dawn Blee

CEO

Paul Baker

Treasurer

Katrina is the Client Relationship Manger with Thackray Williams LLP Solicitors and is based at the firms’ Sevenoaks office.

Her experience is drawn from working for multi-national corporates, SME’s, charities and family-owned businesses. She brings with her key skills in business development, CRM, marketing, tender management and the facilitation of client care through post transaction and matter reviews.

Katrina has been part of the Chamber since April 2017 and has always seen her role as an ambassador, not just for her own firm, but for the Chamber too.

“I was absolutely thrilled when I joined the Chamber Board back in 2019, and now, to be appointed as Chair, is a huge privilege. Such a wonderful opportunity to be able to continue to contribute to the growth and development of this dynamic and vibrant business community, and all the more so now, as our members and our local community begin their journey of recovery, from the pandemic”.

An advocate of personal wellbeing, Katrina is a Mental Health First Aider and Reiki Master Teacher. Mental health and wellbeing concerns, whether personal or within the confines of a business, can become isolating and difficult to manage. Katrina is happy to offer support to any Chamber member who feels that ‘a chat’ just might help to bring some clarity

Katrina can be contacted on 077 3333 4374 or at [email protected]

Dawn joined the Chamber in 2020 and has until recently run her own company concurrent with being a Board Director representing the 1800-strong membership interest of a London-based national organisation, where her focus was growing the membership and enhancing the value of membership both internally and to the outside world.

Dawn brings experience of working with an international hotel company as a director in Human Resources; has taken time out for a baby break; working as an associate in a small-medium sized organization; managing the back office support for her husband’s company; developing her own company as a sole trader and most recently working with Sevenoaks District Council.

Email: [email protected]

Paul is a Director at Wealden properties (Sevenoaks) Limited, a local property firm that owns and manages circa 90 commercial and residential units in Bat & Ball and Riverhead. He joined in 2018 following a 30+ year career in finance and banking.

Wealden is a family-owned business that has been trading since 1958 and as such has a long-standing history with Sevenoaks.

Paul says ‘I joined the Chamber in 2018 when starting with Wealden and have enjoyed my time, making a number of worthwhile contacts with both tenants and professional business partners. During 2020 I have sought to work closely with all our tenants, offering support and advice on financial assistance available from Government and banks.

Paul says, ‘I am delighted to be joining the Board of Directors at the Chamber at a time when networking and helping each other will be as important as it has ever been’.

 

Kathryn McKerlie

Operations

Sharon Field

Andrew Raby

Kathryn has worked at senior management level in advertising, publishing and creative services before joining the Chamber team in January 2017. She is responsible for all membership administration.

Email: [email protected]

Sharon is head of Corporate and Social Responsibility at FM Conway but her experience in the organisation is vast where she has worked in a variety of roles over the past 30 years.  

Sharon manages the London Construction Academy for the Worshipful Company of Paviors.  She has also chaired the people and skills working group for the Highways Term Maintenance Association that involved working with other businesses to discuss and formulate solutions for attracting talent to our industry and recruiting apprentices.

Sharon was also the director of a local sports club for a number of years running their “200 club” and raising funds by organising burns night suppers, sports days etc.

The varied experience and knowledge of Corporate and Social Responsibility Sharon brings with her, will provide a valuable asset for the Chamber board.

Sharon can be contacted on 01732 660700 and can be emailed on [email protected]

Andrew is Senior Partner Thackray Williams LLP Solicitors who have been supporters of the Chamber for many years operating out of their Bromley office, but are now fully embedded in the Sevenoaks community with their new office in Pembroke Road where Andrew is based. 

Andrew is a member of the Litigation team specialising in residential Landlord and Tenant property disputes including professional negligence claims arising out of property transactions.  Andrew also specialises in litigation arising out of Leasehold Enfranchisement transactions and is experienced in Right to Manage applications.  He also acts as an advocate in the County Court and the First Tier Tribunal.

Andrews’s previous experience as President of Bromley and District Law Society, member of the Institute of Arbitrators, Director and board member of Law South Group and Governor at Farringtons School provides valuable experience for Andrew to share with the Chamber.

Andrew can be contacted on 01732 496496 or by email at [email protected]

Sandhya Iyer

Jade Pluck

Jay Finch

Born in India and with a specialist MBA in Human Resources Management from Mumbai University, complemented by a UK Graduate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Sandhya’s corporate life took her to offices in Bangalore and London, focusing on employee relations and the day-to-day application of employment law to dynamic work environments.

But it was when working for a pre-school in Singapore, as part of her graduate membership qualification for the CIPD that her appetite for working with smaller organisations was whetted.

During the past three years her business has grown significantly as she has supported clients in all areas of staff management, particularly during the coronavirus crisis.

She has also become involved in community life in the Sevenoaks area – not just within the business community but by sponsoring local events, such as jazz concerts at the Sevenoaks Summer Festival last year and local family and women-based charities.

Sandhya can be contacted on 01892 629 669 and can be emailed on [email protected]

Jade Pluck founder of Jade Consultancy, a sustainability consultancy created to help SMEs become more sustainable, make a positive change and grow.

Jade has been a member of The Sevenoaks District Chamber of Commerce since 2017. To Jade networking is an integral part of her business to make connections and grow. Jade said, “Becoming part of the board as the town and members are thinking more about sustainability will enable me to answer any questions the community may have in this field and help them on their sustainability journey.”

Jade Pluck has been an entrepreneur for over 11 years, a past MD and a graduate of the prestigious ‘Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Programme’ along with the ‘Oxford Leading Sustainable Corporations Programme’.

Jade can be contacted via phone 07834 525624 or email [email protected]

I have been part of the Chamber since 2018 when I started at the charity. I started networking for the Hospice at the same time, the chamber has worked really well for the charity in supporting us and allowing me to spread the word about our work .

I have met some really good connections and friends at the Chamber and also have been able to improve my networking skills. I first  started working for the charity on a part time basis and then after a year and half I was promoted to Fundraising Executive on a full time basis.

I was delighted to join the Chamber Board, it’s a great opportunity to help the Chamber grow and develop. I myself will be glad to help introduce new members and work with existing members and share my networking knowledge as well as my knowledge or running my own business.

Before I started at the charity I was a dental technician with my own dental lab for over 20 years, so I have experience of running and building my own business.

My hobbies include running and spinning and upcycling old things.

The Leadership Team

Click on each photograph to find out more on each member of our leadership team.

Katrina Walker

Chair

Katrina is the Client Relationship Manger with Thackray Williams LLP Solicitors and is based at the firms’ Sevenoaks office.

Her experience is drawn from working for multi-national corporates, SME’s, charities and family-owned businesses. She brings with her key skills in business development, CRM, marketing, tender management and the facilitation of client care through post transaction and matter reviews.

Katrina has been part of the Chamber since April 2017 and has always seen her role as an ambassador, not just for her own firm, but for the Chamber too.

“I was absolutely thrilled when I joined the Chamber Board back in 2019, and now, to be appointed as Chair, is a huge privilege. Such a wonderful opportunity to be able to continue to contribute to the growth and development of this dynamic and vibrant business community, and all the more so now, as our members and our local community begin their journey of recovery, from the pandemic”.

An advocate of personal wellbeing, Katrina is a Mental Health First Aider and Reiki Master Teacher. Mental health and wellbeing concerns, whether personal or within the confines of a business, can become isolating and difficult to manage. Katrina is happy to offer support to any Chamber member who feels that ‘a chat’ just might help to bring some clarity

Katrina can be contacted on 077 3333 4374 or at [email protected]

Dawn Blee

CEO

Dawn joined the Chamber in 2020 and has until recently run her own company concurrent with being a Board Director representing the 1800-strong membership interest of a London-based national organisation, where her focus was growing the membership and enhancing the value of membership both internally and to the outside world.

Dawn brings experience of working with an international hotel company as a director in Human Resources; has taken time out for a baby break; working as an associate in a small-medium sized organization; managing the back office support for her husband’s company; developing her own company as a sole trader and most recently working with Sevenoaks District Council.

Email: [email protected]

Paul Baker

Treasurer

Paul is a Director at Wealden properties (Sevenoaks) Limited, a local property firm that owns and manages circa 90 commercial and residential units in Bat & Ball and Riverhead. He joined in 2018 following a 30+ year career in finance and banking.

Wealden is a family-owned business that has been trading since 1958 and as such has a long-standing history with Sevenoaks.

Paul says ‘I joined the Chamber in 2018 when starting with Wealden and have enjoyed my time, making a number of worthwhile contacts with both tenants and professional business partners. During 2020 I have sought to work closely with all our tenants, offering support and advice on financial assistance available from Government and banks.

Paul says, ‘I am delighted to be joining the Board of Directors at the Chamber at a time when networking and helping each other will be as important as it has ever been’.

 

Kathryn McKerlie

Operations

Kathryn has worked at a senior management level in advertising, publishing and creative services before joining the Chamber team in January 2017. She is responsible for all membership administration, back-end admin, event organisation, book-keeping and marketing.

Email: [email protected]

Sharon Field

Sharon is head of Corporate and Social Responsibility at FM Conway but her experience in the organisation is vast where she has worked in a variety of roles over the past 30 years.  

Sharon manages the London Construction Academy for the Worshipful Company of Paviors.  She has also chaired the people and skills working group for the Highways Term Maintenance Association that involved working with other businesses to discuss and formulate solutions for attracting talent to our industry and recruiting apprentices.

Sharon was also the director of a local sports club for a number of years running their “200 club” and raising funds by organising burns night suppers, sports days etc.

The varied experience and knowledge of Corporate and Social Responsibility Sharon brings with her, will provide a valuable asset for the Chamber board.

Sharon can be contacted on 01732 660700 and can be emailed on [email protected]

Sandhya Iyer

Born in India and with a specialist MBA in Human Resources Management from Mumbai University, complemented by a UK Graduate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Sandhya’s corporate life took her to offices in Bangalore and London, focusing on employee relations and the day-to-day application of employment law to dynamic work environments.

But it was when working for a pre-school in Singapore, as part of her graduate membership qualification for the CIPD that her appetite for working with smaller organisations was whetted.

During the past three years her business has grown significantly as she has supported clients in all areas of staff management, particularly during the coronavirus crisis.

She has also become involved in community life in the Sevenoaks area – not just within the business community but by sponsoring local events, such as jazz concerts at the Sevenoaks Summer Festival last year and local family and women-based charities.

Sandhya can be contacted on 01892 629 669 and can be emailed on [email protected]

Andrew Raby

Andrew is Senior Partner Thackray Williams LLP Solicitors who have been supporters of the Chamber for many years operating out of their Bromley office, but are now fully embedded in the Sevenoaks community with their new office in Pembroke Road where Andrew is based. 

Andrew is a member of the Litigation team specialising in residential Landlord and Tenant property disputes including professional negligence claims arising out of property transactions.  Andrew also specialises in litigation arising out of Leasehold Enfranchisement transactions and is experienced in Right to Manage applications.  He also acts as an advocate in the County Court and the First Tier Tribunal.

Andrews’s previous experience as President of Bromley and District Law Society, member of the Institute of Arbitrators, Director and board member of Law South Group and Governor at Farringtons School provides valuable experience for Andrew to share with the Chamber.

Andrew can be contacted on 01732 496496 or by email at [email protected]

Jade Pluck

Jade Pluck founder of Jade Consultancy, a sustainability consultancy created to help SMEs become more sustainable, make a positive change and grow.

Jade has been a member of The Sevenoaks District Chamber of Commerce since 2017. To Jade networking is an integral part of her business to make connections and grow. Jade said, “Becoming part of the board as the town and members are thinking more about sustainability will enable me to answer any questions the community may have in this field and help them on their sustainability journey.”

Jade Pluck has been an entrepreneur for over 11 years, a past MD and a graduate of the prestigious ‘Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Programme’ along with the ‘Oxford Leading Sustainable Corporations Programme’.

Jade can be contacted via phone 07834 525624 or email [email protected]

Jay Finch

I have been part of the Chamber since 2018 when I started at the charity. I started networking for the Hospice at the same time, the chamber has worked really well for the charity in supporting us and allowing me to spread the word about our work .

I have met some really good connections and friends at the Chamber and also have been able to improve my networking skills. I first  started working for the charity on a part time basis and then after a year and half I was promoted to Fundraising Executive on a full time basis.

I was delighted to join the Chamber Board, it’s a great opportunity to help the Chamber grow and develop. I myself will be glad to help introduce new members and work with existing members and share my networking knowledge as well as my knowledge or running my own business.

Before I started at the charity I was a dental technician with my own dental lab for over 20 years, so I have experience of running and building my own business.

My hobbies include running and spinning and upcycling old things.

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