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Community Media Association Chairman quits

by RadioToday UK
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After four years as a member of the CMA’s governing Council and two years as its elected Chair, Dom Chambers has decided to leave to organisation.

Dom is moving on to spend more time on a new project intended to provide business support and advice to the community radio sector.

“It has been an extraordinarily rewarding and life changing experience working with the CMA,” Dom says.

“I have met amazing people making a fantastic difference through community media. Conversations have been stimulating and I have particularly enjoyed sharing the experiences of our members. I am moving on because I need to spend more time working on funding solutions for our sector through the development of a dedicated foundation. As community media expands there has never been a greater need for the CMA.

“We must all help it to grow and I wish my colleagues on council well with their work leading on achieving this. I’d like to make special mention of Bill Best whose dedication and support of our members is exemplary. Without Bill there wouldn’t be a CMA. Support him to support us as we all go about the vital business of delivering community media”.

Deputy Chair Danny Lawrence will take up the role of Interim Chair of the Community Media Association with immediate effect pending the election of a new Chair in December.

Danny says: “I have had the pleasure of working with Dom for the last 3 years during which time he has made great strides in re-energising and refocussing the role of the CMA and its governing Council to better serve the needs of its members in the community broadcasting sector. We will continue to implement the positive things that Dom has done for the CMA and its Board of Directors and we look forward to working with him in the future”.

Bill Best, Operations Manager at the Community Media Association: “I have been fortunate to have worked with Dom for the last 4 years during which he has been Chair of the CMA and has stabilised the organisation during a period of decline in external funding but has now reoriented the CMA towards a path of growth and development. The CMA Council, our governing body, has been reinvigorated and re-galvanised under Dom’s leadership and I look forward to working with our current Board members to continue the work that Dom has set in train. I look forward to the opportunities that the future holds to work again with Dom to strengthen, build and empower the community radio sector”.

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