Cumbria Chamber of Commerce has welcomed a quartet of leading business figures from across the county to its board.

The four senior business leaders from across the manufacturing, engineering, business services and travel sectors have joined as non-executive directors.

The new directors are:

• Anand Puthran, CEO at McMenon Engineering Services

• Andrew Burrell, Director at Enable Success

• Barry Leahey MBE, CEO at Playdale Playgrounds Ltd

• Tom Waterhouse, Operations Director at Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire

They will join the continuing directors:

• Allan Wilson, Chair of the board and Engineering Manager at Pirelli Tyres

• Alan Wilson, Managing Director at L & W Wilson (Endmoor) Ltd

• Edward O'Keeffe, Managing Director at Furness Internet Limited

• Suzanne Caldwell, Managing Director at Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

The additions follow the resignations from the board of Clare Smeaton and of former Chief Executive Rob Johnston. It continues a year of change for the Chamber after Suzanne Caldwell was promoted to Managing Director at the start of the year.

Allan Wilson, Chamber President and chair of the board, said: “Cumbria Chamber of Commerce exists for our members and the Board is made up from Chamber members and our MD.

“I am delighted to welcome four new Directors to the Chamber Board. Anand, Andrew, Barry and Tom bring an enormous depth and breadth of knowledge and experience over several economic sectors.

“The Chamber has developed over the past decade to become the face and voice of Cumbrian business, from supporting individual businesses to campaigning nationally on behalf of Cumbria meanwhile the Chamber also provides a wide range of business services.

“The experience of the new directors will further reinforce the existing board and I look forward to working with them to lead Cumbria Chamber of Commerce to the next phase of its development.”

Barry Leahey MBE said: “The last 18 months has been a challenge for everyone and the Chamber are at the forefront of supporting business in the county.

“I am passionate to help and ensure Cumbria truly builds back better. I may have ample experience in exporting and manufacturing but my experience in leadership and entrepreneurship can be called upon too in this role.”

Originally from Wensleydale, Tom Waterhouse has worked across the country before settling in Cumbria and said: "I'm really excited to have joined the board of the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, at what is an interesting and challenging time for the business community in our county.”