Press Release

60 SECONDS WITH… JENNY STEWART

1 February 2017

Jenny Stewart, chief executive of Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce. Jenny joined the Chamber in 2006 following a career in HM Diplomatic service’s North America department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She also worked in the FCO emergency unit during the Falklands War. Later she joined BT at director level and has owned her own business. She became CEO at Liverpool Chamber in 2012. www.liverpoolchamber.org.uk 

•         The first thing I do when I get in to work is…

Make a coffee. I’m a coffeeaholic. Then armed with hot drink I catch up with everyone on the day before – I find it’s the time when you get the most insight into people and get to know them better.

•         My desk space can be described as…

A bit untidy, but my New Year’s resolution is to become clutter free, which isn’t easy when you are a bit of a hoarder. I like to keep stuff especially things I like and might find useful again. It’s all about adding to my knowledge and having it to hand.

•         I am most productive…

Throughout the day. I have staying power and like to work in short bursts to conserve energy, which is vital in this role with so many live issues. I probably have a little more energy in the morning, but my low boredom threshold helps me to keep up the pace throughout the day.

•         When I’m not at my desk, I’m normally found…

Either talking to colleagues or out visiting our Chamber members. Whatever day it is, it’s always ‘full on’.

•         After  a busy day, I relax by…

Walking my dogs (Schnauzer ‘Teddy’ and West Highland White ‘Milly’) on Bidston Hill. It’s a great punctuation point in my day before I face the family for a busy evening. I have four daughters and even though they are grown up they seem more dependent on me than ever!

•         The best thing about working in Liverpool is…

The people. I often think about how Liverpool has got under my skin having lived all over the UK and it’s all about the people. There’s always a chat to be had, everyone has a story and it feels like home!

•         If I weren’t doing this job, I would be …

Problem solving somewhere, either working with a company with a great idea, helping them to grow, or ideally in ‘Jenny’s creative problem solving company!’ It’s what I do anyway in this job! I think there’s nothing finer than seeing a company grow and starting to invest and employ people.