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Surrey Hills Enterprises Welcomes Maggie Howell as New CEO

2nd May 2024

Surrey Hills Enterprises proudly announces the appointment of Maggie Howell as its new Chief Executive Officer, succeeding the esteemed Wendy Varcoe, who is retiring after 7 years of dedicated service. Maggie Howell brings a wealth of experience and a relentless commitment to advancing the organisation’s vision of fostering a thriving sustainable rural economy in the Surrey Hills.

Maggie Howell’s appointment marks an exciting chapter for Surrey Hills Enterprises, as she steps into the role with boundless energy, passion, and enthusiasm. With over 20 years of experience in running two award-winning local, national, and international businesses, as well as three decades of expertise in marketing, event management, team leadership, and stakeholder management, Maggie is primed to build on Wendy’s incredible success.

“I am honoured and thrilled to lead Surrey Hills Enterprises into its next phase of growth and development,” said Maggie Howell. “Wendy’s legacy is undeniable, and I am committed to continuing her remarkable work of supporting environmentally sustainable businesses, promoting our members to the wider community and forging collaborations with key partners.”

Maggie’s deep understanding of Surrey Hills Enterprises, gained from her five years of dedicated service and her intimate knowledge of every member and facet of the organization, positions her as the ideal leader for this role. As an entrepreneur herself, Maggie brings a profound empathy for small businesses, coupled with a relentless drive for collaboration and business support.

To mark her appointment, Maggie will host her inaugural event on May 23rd, in partnership with the Surrey Sustainable Business Network, coinciding with the launch of the new Guildford Zero premises in Guildford. This collaborative event will bring together a diverse range of organisations committed to Surrey Hills Enterprises’ vision of creating a more sustainable business community in the Surrey Hills. To book a place please click here

Maggie Howell resides in the heart of the Surrey Hills with her husband, five sons, and a beloved rescue dog. Together, they cherish the beauty of the Surrey Hills and are deeply committed to its preservation and prosperity.