Burnley hotel boss appointed chair of top charity

The charity Business in the Community has appointed a new chair to lead its activities in Burnley.

This year around 1,400 pupils in Burnley have taken part in business-led activities. Six years ago the town was the first in the country to set up the programme, which aims to improve students’ employability and academic achievement. There are now 66 clusters around the UK and two in Australia.

Kerian says she’s thrilled at her appointment, not least because the whole programme began in Burnley. She said: “I’m very proud that something which was founded here has spread so far and wide. Students need to develop detailed knowledge of the world of work so that they can make career choices which are right for them. Partnering with local businesses is a great way to do that.”

Clare Hutchinson said: “I’m delighted Kerian has stepped into the role of Cluster Chair. Over the last two years she has played a significant role in creating exciting opportunities for young people in Burnley to engage with the Holiday Inn Express. "She has also been a huge support in developing the Business Class programme at a national level, speaking at our annual symposium in London, inspiring other business leaders to step up their engagement with schools and taking part in a debate with fellow business leaders on our strategic direction. I welcome working closely with Kerian in the future and I am hugely grateful for her ongoing support."

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