Silvia Vitiello was speaking after her election by the Chamber board. She succeeds Robert Goodman, centre director at thecentre:mk, who has stood down after two years.
A partner with chartered accountants and business advisers. Silvia (pictured) is also a governor of Milton Keynes College and a trustee of local charity Milton Keynes (Safety Centre) Ltd. She has worked in Milton Keynes for more than 25 years.
Silvia said: “Milton Keynes is an exciting business community and it deserves a strong Chamber to represent it. Making sure our Chamber is fulfilling the needs of our member businesses and giving them a voice to influence change is a priority for everyone on the Board and the team as a whole.
“Just as for other businesses this will be a challenging time for our Chamber and I am looking forward to working with the board to meet those challenges. “
The Chamber has more than 1,400 members which employ a total of more than 75,000 people.
Chief executive Rita Spada said: ”It is a real benefit to the Chamber membership that someone with Silvia’s standing and prominence within the local business community has been appointed to this vitally important role
“My team and I look forward to working with Silvia over the coming years to secure Milton Keynes’ position as a forward-thinking, global business destination able to maximise the trading opportunities for the organisations within the Chamber region.”