Henrietta Brealey


CEO, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

Course: BA English Literature, 2012 and MSc Public Management, 2013

Henrietta is CEO of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC). The GBCC is a mid-sized not for profit business membership and support organisation that exists to Connect, Support & Grow local businesses. She was appointed to the role in 2021 at age 30, making her the youngest CEO in the organisation’s 210 year history.

She is an advocate for the power of mentoring and can trace her career to date back to the advice of, and an introduction from, her first mentor. She works to champion business engagement with education. She is currently a Governor and honorary fellow of University College Birmingham and was a Trustee of the University of Birmingham Guild of Students 2019-2022. 

Prior to becoming CEO in 2021, Henrietta was Director of Policy & Strategic Relationships leading the GBCC’s research, policy, stakeholder engagement and campaigns activity as well as management of the GBCC’s top tier of membership: the Patronage group. Henrietta was appointed to the role in 2015. In 2018 she was appointed to the GBCC Board as an executive director. In 2019 she was named as one of Birmingham Live’s Brum 30 Under 30. She was named Birmingham Live’s Young Business Leader at their 2022 Business Awards and Young Leader of the Year at Business Desk’s West Midlands Leadership Awards 2023.

Henrietta studied at the University of Birmingham between 2009 and 2013 (BA English Literature (2009-2012), MSc Public Management (2012-2013). 

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