Rosemary French OBE

Rosemary French OBE

Executive Director of Gatwick Dimond Initiative

After Edinburgh University, Rosemary spent 24 years in corporates and sme’s followed by 16 years in not-for-profit economic development and business support.  Her retail buying and marketing career included John Menzies and Boots plc, joining the group board of Ryman, Athena and Dillons Bookstores as Group Marketing Director at 32. Subsequently, she became Managing Director of a £20m stationery and card manufacturing company in Oldham with 120 employees. Her career is varied having led a £13m MBO and two smaller £3m MBI’s as MD and shareholder within venture capital owned sme’s. In the 2000’s Rosemary was CEO of Business Link Surrey and is currently MD of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative, a business led economic partnership driving economic growth.

Rosemary is also a Governor at East Surrey FE/ HE College, Board Director of Enterprise First and a committee member of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce. Her OBE, awarded in 2014, is for services to women in business.  

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