The Chief Executive of Fingal Dublin Chamber, Tony Lambert is stepping down from his post after serving for 17 years as its Chief Executive. He is expected to step down at the end of next month.
Lambert spoke to the County Leader about his decision. He said, “I decided to step down after 17 years as Chief Executive of Fingal Dublin Chamber to pursue a number of interests, including personal travel and some business consultancy opportunities. This would not have been possible due to the exciting and most enjoyable heavy work load that the chief executive role demands,” he said.
He continued, “I’ve enjoyed with great passion my period as chief executive and given the strong position of the Chamber, both financially and in membership terms it appears to me to be a good time to hand over leadership to a new chief executive, who can continue to lead our innovative and smart business chamber into the future,” he said.
Lambert has overseen a significant growth in the Chamber during his term of office. Standout events include the merger with D15 Chamber, which was a significant event. “The Chamber has significantly changed and grown from being a small town chamber when we set up Swords and District Chamber of Commerce in 1994, to what it is today. This is something that came about due to the hard work of chamber members, chamber boards and the staff members,” he said.
There have been many, many great moments of significance, too many to mention in any one discussion and it has been a great privilege for me to be part of such a great enterprise as a new Chamber of Commerce having been set up in this region. Working together with other Chambers and other Chief Executives across the country, has been a great honour as well and that brought great kudos to this area, as we were perceived as being active in all areas of economic development in the country.”
Speaking about the much needed Metro North, Lambert said, “The challenges for the future are many, but transport and access to and from the region are the major ones and that is why Metro North is still the key piece of the jigsaw that is missing. Having Dublin Airport in the centre of the region has been of massive benefit to the economic development of the region and for Chamber members, whose businesses also benefit from this.”
Looking towards the future, Lambert had this to say, “I’m looking forward to the future because there are challenges and opportunities for me that lie ahead and I look forward to facing them and to a new life that is full of excitement,” he concluded.