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New appointment at Cotswold chamber of trade

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 28 July 2020 6:40

New appointment at Cotswold chamber of trade

Her appointment is under the radar only because it has been lost in the melee of the small matter of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Sarah Somers became the new secretary of Cirencester Chamber of Trade just as the crisis was beginning to erupt. 

For her part, it was straight to it – coping with membership enquiries, organising Zoom meetings and supporting chamber president Annemarie Thurgood. 

Not least of the tasks immediately pending was what to do with the annual business awards, which was postponed – and now relaunched as an online awards later this year. 

And then there was the small matter of her own retail business – #now_vintage - based in the Forum, Cirencester. 

Her collection of vintage antique and comp temporary goods dealers closed its doors in March, due to lockdown, but is now back open again. 

Ms Somers is described as a Cirencester resident who has lived in the Cotswolds for over thirty years. 

She previously worked in higher education, including at Cranfield University, at what was the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, and at King’s College London where she worked in preparation for the opening of the Joint Services Command and Staff College on the Shrivenham site under a 30-year private finance initiative contract with the Ministry of Defence (MoD). 

She remained at the college as Director of Operations until 2013, after which she started commuting to London as head of administration for the School of Global Affairs. 

When an empty premises at West Way in Cirencester came up three years later she jumped at the chance to start her current business.

First published July 27.