Malcolm Braithwaite

DOCTOR Malcolm Braithwaite has taken up the post of chairman at Colbea - the Business Enterprise Agency based in Colchester.Dr Braithwaite takes over from Philip George, whose term as chairman ended after almost four years in the post.

DOCTOR Malcolm Braithwaite has taken up the post of chairman at Colbea - the Business Enterprise Agency based in Colchester.

Dr Braithwaite takes over from Philip George, whose term as chairman ended after almost four years in the post. Mr George, managing partner at Essex law firm Birkett Long LLP, will continue serving Colbea as a member of its board. All members of the board, including the chair, give up their time voluntarily to support the work Colbea does in encouraging the growth of new business.

At the recent board meeting, Colbea's chief executive Bob Baggalley thanked Mr George for his excellent leadership and professional advice during his time as chairman, and welcomed current board member Dr Braithwaite, into the post.

As an entrepreneur and business manager, Dr Braithwaite has a wealth of relevant experience. He is a chemistry graduate and a former chief executive of Exchem Organics, a chemical manufacturing company near Harwich. He has experience in R&D, production, commercial development, technical management and general management and has held company directorships and represented the SME chemicals sector as a council member of the Chemical Industries Association.

In addition, he has been actively involved in local business initiatives in the region, including the development of the Tendring District Council Local Strategic Plan and as a participant in workshops held by the East of England Development Agency. Dr Braithwaite now heads up Resonato, a company advising businesses on proactive reputation management.