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Derbyshire gets new chairman

Neil Hannah is stepping down as chairman of the Derbyshire and will be replaced by current deputy-chairman Ian Menzies-Gow.

Neil retired at the end of October, having joined the Derbyshire&#39s board of directors in 1992, becoming deputy-chairman in 1998, and chairman the following year.

A fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, he has practised for almost 40 years in Nottingham and Derby, and is chairman of Innes England, a commercial surveying practice with offices across the East Midlands.

Ian Menzies-Gow was appointed to the board of the Derbyshire in 2001 and became deputy-chairman last year. He retired as chairman of Geest Plc in 2002, having spent his career in a range of roles in industry including Guinness, the Imperial Group and Hanson Plc.

Alan Woods takes over from Ian Menzies-Gow as deputy-chairman. He joined the board in 2001. A chartered accountant, he is the former senior partner of Cooper-Parry of Derby and Nottingham and former chairman of the University of Derby. He has a number of business interests in the region.


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