PROSPER MAGAZINE: ISSUE 01 | BUSINESS IS DONE BETTER TOGETHER
FROM FOOTBALL TO POLITICS...
HOW DAN TURNER'S PLANNED CAREER IN FOOTBALL TURNED INTO A PASSION FOR POLITICS
Destined for a life as a professional footballer, but with a passion for politics, it’s no wonder that Chamber Lobbying and Representation Officer, Dan Turner, relishes the challenges his job at the Chamber throws up.
Seven years as an academy player at Wolverhampton Wanderers, followed by a degree in politics from Canterbury Christ University, Dan returned to his home city and the Black Country lobbying role; a role that sees the Wolverhampton born young policy professional, and avid Tottenham Hotspur fan, working on behalf of the region’s business community whilst leading on several of the Chamber’s policy forums.
Mentored by Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers, Dan supports and contributes to all ongoing programmes, robust research which underpin Chamber policy positions, reinforcing campaigns and actively collaborating with colleagues to act as a link with relevant policymakers.
A regular in front of MPs, the Bank of England, leading business figures and regional stakeholders “It’s a job I relish,” he said, “It was instilled in me from an early age that although a career in football was my dream, working hard through school and taking A-levels was crucial.
“My dad has worked all his life in local manufacturing, at Goodyear Tyres in the city, now sadly long gone, and at JLR, he made me realise that my education was of paramount importance”
Joining the Chamber in 2017, Dan now leads on the Chamber’s manufacturing, transport, skills, construction and Brexit forums, heads up the area’s European Direct Information Centre and is responsible for collating, and interpreting, the Quarterly Economic Survey results, the largest business survey of its kind in the UK, the results of which are submitted to the Bank of England, HM Treasury and key decision-makers.
Recently appointed as Chair of the Midlands Policy Group, a network of regional Chamber policy officers that meet to discuss local and regional policy issues and regional trends affecting businesses across their regions, Dan now addresses many policy issues that do not respect geographical borders.
Transport and congestion sit high on the agenda, and issues so familiar to Black Country businesses, are the same for Greater Birmingham and Staffordshire Chamber members. Manufacturing and policy issues, with firms seeking access to funding for innovation and recruitment are commonplace, whether in the Black Country or the East Midlands and becoming equally vocal on the need for a common-sense, business-friendly immigration system, as hoteliers and the care sector in the Black Country are faced with similar issues that affect agricultural businesses across Hereford and Worcestershire.
SO, WHAT FOR THE FUTURE?
“As a Black Country boy, I thrive on working in the area I call home,” Dan said, “I am passionate about the success of the West Midlands as a whole and I enjoy working on all the policy-focused initiatives.
Speaking with members on a daily basis, building relationships and engaging with our stakeholders are certainly areas I will continue to develop.”
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