East Midlands business heavyweight appointed as CBI regional Chair

Darren Wilson

The CBI East Midlands Council has appointed regional business heavyweight Darren Wilson as its new regional Chair.

Darren is Vice President Industrial Minerals, CEO Europe, of the Swedish state-owned mining and minerals company LKAB Minerals.

He holds global responsibility for the company’s Industrial Minerals Business, leading its M&A activity, and has regional responsibility for all its European activity. Darren started his career in engineering and worked in various functions and companies within Saint-Gobain before joining LKAB.

Darren was previously the CBI Vice-Chair.

He takes on the role of Chair as the CBI embarks on a ‘year of action’ to support businesses in the region. Key campaigns for 2020 include boosting links between business and educational establishments in the East Midlands and ensuring regional connectivity and increased infrastructure spend is high on the new governments’ agenda.

Commenting on the appointment, Richard Blackmore, CBI East Midlands Regional Director, said: “I am delighted that Darren will be taking up the role as Chair of the CBI East Midlands Regional Council.

“Having been Vice-Chair of CBI Council for 2019 and a councillor for three years in total Darren has strong relationships across the business community. He brings a renewed enthusiasm to the council and will challenge on behalf of members how we continue to ensure the voice of business is heard at a regional and national level.”