A stalwart of Skegness’s business community has stood down from her leading role after 16 years of tireless service to the town and its economy.
The outgoing chairman of Skegness Chamber of Commerce Glenis Brown handed over her chains of office to hotelier and Rotarian Tony Tye at a recent AGM.
In her many years of service Glenis has been praised as ‘passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable’ campaigner for her town and its businesses.
Town manager Stefan Krause, who worked with Glenis through the chamber and Skegness Partnership, has praised her ability to strike a successful balance between modernisation and tradition, which he says is vitally important for the resort.
“She had taken the tradition of Skegness forward into the 21st Century,” he said.
“It has always been important for Skegness to maintain its identity but Glenis has been instrumental at getting the business community focused on how they can modernise that tradition.
“Her passion for the town has been unbelievable but she also has an amazing knowledge of what makes the town tick, what’s achievable and what obstacles a proposal will face.”
Fellow chamber member Nigel Tett has also spoken of his admiration for the outgoing chairman.
“She has been the cornerstone to business and commerce in the part of the world for the past 10 years,” he said.
“She has been a great friend to SECHWA since its inception and the hoteliers before that and she has kept many politicians on the straight and narrow.”
Standing down from the role, Glenis thanked her fellow members for their support and gave particular praise to her ‘constant rock and sounding board’ Peter Fitzgerald.
“Lastly, I must also thank my long suffering family, Malcolm and Linzy, who had put up with my consuming passion for the chamber for so long,” she added.
Linzy, Glenis’s daughter, also stood down as secretary, having spent even longer in the role than her mother.
“Linzy brought her own brand to the role and raised the standard so that we now present a very professional face to the public, which is important when we are dealing with MPs, ministers and professional bodies,” Glenis said.
“You may never have got rid of me if Linzy had not taken the drastic step of making me a double grandma - I thank you for that Linzy.”
“I have to give a big thank you to all present and past members for their unswerving support given to me whatever the issues we have embarked on over the years, there have been many, believe me.”
Following in Glenis’s footsteps, Mr Tye said he wasn’t sure whether he was receiving a ‘chain of office or a poison chalice’.
However he promised he would work hard for the chamber and hoed his fellow members would do the same.