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New directors of FSB announced

FSB’s Annual General Meeting has been held in Preston and a number of new board members have been elected.

Salena Dawson has been elected as the new Operations Director. She will take up the role, which has most recently been held by Dave Stallon alongside his position as Commercial Director, for a three year period. 

Salena has been an FSB member since 2011, not long after she started her own legal practice in Norwich. Salena became involved with the organisation locally in 2013, holding various FSB roles in East Anglia including Committee Member, Vice Chair, Regional Chair and National Councillor - she has also been a member of the Procedures Committee since 2016.

As such, she been closely involved in the recent modernisation programme at FSB, ensuring members are at the heart of decision making.

Melanie Ulyatt has been elected unopposed as Vice Chairman. Melanie takes over from Alexis Lay who took on the position following the death of Sandra Dexter in July 2017.

Melanie, who has been an FSB member since 2009, has held various positions including Regional Chair since November 2012 and English Policy Committee Midlands Representative since 2017.  Melanie owns and manages a City & Guilds and Signature Teaching centre employing over 130 staff. She brings a wealth of business experience to her new role.

David Miles, who is currently a Non Operational Director, has been elected unopposed as Finance Director. He takes over the position of Finance Director from Janet Jack, who is standing down after six years. David has served in a directorial role with FSB since 2008, and his background and understanding of digital media and marketplace have proven instrumental to FSB’s modernisation process.  

He will be replaced as a Non Operational Director by Ian O’Donnell, who has held several positions for FSB in Warwickshire and Coventry including Regional Chair and National Councillor. Ian was Regional Chair when he was awarded an MBE for outstanding service to his community in 2015. 

At the AGM FSB Chairman Mike Cherry addressed members about the changes which have taken place in the organisation over the past year as the Refresh modernisation programme has been implemented, which has brought changes to FSB’s structure to ensure our grassroots members are supported and heard.

More information about the work of FSB over the past year is available in the annual report; it’s been a busy time for FSB, with some outstanding achievements to celebrate. We’d like to thank the outgoing board members for their tremendous support and dedication, and congratulate the new post holders – looking forward to another busy year ahead.