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Board of Directors

Merton Chamber of Commerce is a private limited company with a non-executive Board of Directors drawn from and representing the local business community.   Our Premier and Patron members have access to our Board of Directors and together we foster and promote better business across Merton.

Meet The Directors

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Charles Hylton-Potts

Partner & Solicitor at Peacock & Co

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Charles Hylton-Potts

Partner & Solicitor at Peacock & Co

Charles is a partner and solicitor at Peacock & Co. He is head of the commercial team at the firm and oversees the company, commercial and business law and commercial property practice areas.  Charles advises on a range of matters, such as shareholder agreements, business sales, property investment and commercial leases.  He won Property Lawyer of the Year at the Surrey Law Society Awards in 2022.  He has worked in the borough since 2016 and has been a director of the Merton Chamber since 2019.

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Delia Porter

Founder of Business Clan

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Delia Porter

Founder of Business Clan

Delia is Managing Director and Founder of Business Clan. Her focus is on accelerating business success through applied learning, best practice and great teamwork. She combines her technical, marketing and business expertise with her organisational and people management skills. Delia is highly regarded in the business community and has won many prestigious awards, including the FSB Employer of the Year award. She has been a Director of Merton Chamber since 2020 and is also an Enterprise Nation UK Top Adviser.

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Eleanor Merrick

Director of Business Development and Fundraising at University of Roehampton

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Eleanor Merrick

Director of Business Development and Fundraising at University of Roehampton

Eleanor is Director of Business Development and Fundraising at the University of Roehampton. With more than two decades of experience, she works to bring a range of services at the University such as solutions for staffing and workforce development to employers of all sizes and sectors across the region, which help them grow and achieve their strategic objectives. She has been a Director at the Chamber for since 2021 and sits on a number of employment and skills boards across South London.

Janet Borrow

Partner in Ormerods

Janet Borrow

Partner in Ormerods

Janet is a Partner in Ormerods Solicitors, with offices in central Wimbledon, Croydon and Reigate. She is a lawyer specialising in advising SMEs on commercial and employment matters, acquisitions, shareholder and partnership agreement and compliance. She specialises in the negotiation of severance packages, sale and purchases of business. Janet lives in Merton and is an active contributor to the borough. Janet is also a member of the Chamber’s HR Committee. She has been a Director of Meron Chamber since 2009.

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Nick Frank

Head of Finance and IT at Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

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Nick Frank

Head of Finance and IT at Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

Nick is Finance and IT Manager for the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund based in central Wimbledon and was previously the Finance and Systems Manager at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, one of the bough’s largest employers. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has previous experience with Coopers and Lybrand. Nick is a member of the Chamber’s Finance Committee, that oversees the company’s financial management and controls. He is also a Merton resident. Nick has been a Director of the Chamber since 2005.

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Nick Samuel

Managing Director/Owner at Samuel Estates

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Nick Samuel

Managing Director/Owner at Samuel Estates

Nick is the owner of Samuel Estates and has been involved in the property industry since 1988. He has extensive experience in property development, residential lettings, property management and sales. Samuel Estates has acquired both Purser and Co Estate Agency in 2009 and Hooper Jackson in 2010. They are an award-winning company, recognised as the Best Small Business & Best Business for Customer Satisfaction in the Merton Best Business Awards. Nick has been a director of Merton Chamber since 2012.

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Sally Hodgson

Head of Client Success and Training at Wavenet

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Sally Hodgson

Head of Client Success and Training at Wavenet

Sally is the Head of Client Success and Training at Wavenet. She has held organisational and managerial roles within IT support and education for over 20 years. She is trained in adult education and has spent the last few years focusing on cyber security awareness in schools and businesses. Sally is Chair of the Maternity Voices Partnership for St Helier Hospital as well as being a National Childbirth Trust (NCT) Doula, antenatal practitioner and breastfeeding counsellor. She has been a Director at Merton Chamber since 2022.

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Sarah Austin (Chair)

Founder and CEO at Really Helpful Club

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Sarah Austin (Chair)

Founder and CEO at Really Helpful Club

Sarah is the founder of Really Helpful Club. She started the company during a career break where she realised how rapidly the world was changing and decided to develop a unique business that catered for all aspects of life, and relied on the power of community. Before this Sarah spent a decade in Financial Services, becoming a Senior Investment Manager and one of the youngest female directors at Baring Asset Management. Sarah has been Vice-Chair of Merton Chamber of Commerce since 2022 and is also an active fundraiser for NSPCC Childline and The Silver Line.

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