Outwrite’s managing director Tracy North has stepped down from her role as a leading voice of businesses in North Wales.
Tracy had been appointed as the CBI’s North Wales chair in early 2015 on a two-year term, later extended to three years.
A key part of the voluntary role was to represent views and raise issues affecting North Wales businesses to the Welsh and UK Governments.
As the voice of CBI members in the region, Tracy was called up for TV interviews with BBC Wales and ITV Wales, and discussion panels on BBC Radio Wales covering a wide range of business issues. She also wrote a monthly column for the Daily Post business section.
Tracy said: “I never imagined when I accepted the role that I’d be representing members’ interests during a period encompassing two general elections and a Welsh Government election, not to mention the EU referendum. There was certainly never a dull moment.
“Fortunately, we have a lively and proactive membership in North Wales, so we are never stuck for feedback and opinions.”
Issues addressed by the employers’ organisation during her tenure included poor regional broadband and highways infrastructure; security of affordable energy for industry; and stronger relationships between businesses in North Wales and the Northern Powerhouse in the North West of England.
Tracy also represented the CBI on the North Wales Business Council, which is one organisations compiling the bid for a North Wales Growth Deal.
CBI Wales director Ian Price said: “The CBI owes a huge debt of gratitude to Tracy for her sterling work over the last few years. She has worked hard to speak up for the region and its businesses
“We will be sorry to lose her as chair but we look forward to working with her as a valued member of CBI North Wales committee and CBI Wales Council.”
Coleg Cambria chief executive David Jones is the new chair of CBI North Wales.
Separately during her tenure as chair, Tracy was also selected for the CBI’s UK Leadership Development Programme 2016-17.
Designed to build understanding of the role of businesses in government policymaking, the eight-month programme picks from CBI member organisations an annual cohort of 25 individuals with senior leadership potential.
The programme included engagement with businesses, and governments in Westminister, Holyrood, Brussels and New Dehli.
The CBI is the UK’s premier business organisation, providing a voice for firms at a regional, national and international level to policymakers.
Its members employ more than 7m workers across the UK.
Tracy founded Outwrite in 1994, and has overseen the evolution of the firm into an award-winning digital agency.
Outwrite’s clients include food buying group Fairway Foodservice, Wynne Construction, Caulmert, Ningbo Palletised Distribution, LBW Accountants, Watsons Solicitors, the Institute of Directors North Wales, PJM Flooring, and Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK.