New faces at the top

Michelle Mook, founder of Pro-Development (UK) Limited, will take over as the new chair of York Professionals this month with Karen Tinkler, director of The Partners Group, taking up the role of Vice Chair. The senior appointments were announced in front of an audience members and professional services businesses at the York Professionals Annual General Meeting at West Offices on 19 October.

Michelle takes over the York Professionals reins from current Chair Anne Taylor, whose three-year tenure ends this month.Karen Tinkler takes on the Vice Chair role from Tracey Smith, who will stay on as a mentor. 

Anne has worked tirelessly over her three-year tenure as Chair to further raise the profile of York’s professional services sector and to bolster support from key players in the city. She said, “It is hard to believe that it’s been three years. I hope that I have contributed to the growth of the professional services sector and York Professionals. Whilst my term as Chair has come to an end, I am delighted to remain on the board and will continue to fly the York Professional’s flag. I wish Michelle and Karen all the very best and look forward to supporting them every step of the way.” 

Michelle, who has served on the board of York Professionals for the past year commented on her new role, “I am really excited about the opportunity to be Chair of York Professionals and am incredibly grateful to the support of Anne, Tracey and the fantastic board of directors. I will bring my sense of fun, energy and values to the table and look forward to working with the current board to draw out individual strengths and share key responsibilities. I am delighted to be supported by my new Vice Chair, Karen Tinkler. Together we will bolster the work of York Professionals and build on what has been achieved to date.”

The York Professionals vision is to support York’s growth and showcase a community of professionals who are recognised as leaders in their field. Working together to support and champion a community of York’s best professional services providers, York Professionals encourages and supports members to grow their businesses and networks, driving economic growth for the local economy and showcasing the city as an amazing place to live and work. To find out more visit www.york-professionals.co.uk

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