13/02/2017: Experienced businessman appointed as Chair of influential Attleborough board

An experienced international businessman and ex-armed forces serviceman will chair the meeting of an influential board in Attleborough for the first time next week, after recently being appointed to the role.

Chris Batten will preside over the meeting of the Attleborough Development Partnership Board when the group meets on 21 February at the town hall (from 2pm).

Mr Batten lives in Norfolk and is currently CEO of a business based in the county. During his business career he has held the positions of director, managing director, CEO and chairman at individual and group companies based in the United Kingdom, United States and Saudi Arabia.

Prior to embarking on a business career, Chris completed six active service tours for the armed forces. This included leading a Battalion Intelligence Section, which was tasked with collecting, interpreting and disseminate strategic information.

Chris is also an active member of the Chamber of Commerce in Norfolk and the Norfolk Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) committee.

He joins the established Attleborough Development Partnership Board, which brings together representatives from local councils, businesses, highways, education, and other services to coordinate and influence the growth and development of Attleborough.

"I am delighted to join the ADP and look forward to supporting the partners to coordinate growth in Attleborough, with the needs of local residents and businesses in mind," Chris said.

At the upcoming board meeting, members are expected to discuss progress being made in a number of areas, including the development of the planning application for the sustainable urban extension and how to prioritise projects to support the development further.

The meeting will also include an opportunity for members of the public to submit questions about the ADP Board's work.

Chris Batten was appointed as independent chair following a competitive recruitment process. He takes over from Tim Mills who chaired the group on an interim basis.