The Chamber

Welcome to the Chamber

Hillingdon Chamber of Commerce was established in 1908 to work in the interests of the local business community and to help them achieve their full business potential.  The Committee is run by a group of dedicated volunteers who have expertise and experience in the private, public and voluntary sector who meet on a monthly basis.   The group is headed by the Chairman, Mike Langan, who has held the position for over 10 years.  The Chamber has ties with West London Business and works in partnership with many local organisations such as Heathrow Airports Limited, Ward Williams, Uxbridge College and Brunel University.  

Mike Langan

Mike Langan

The Chair

Position: Chairman
Start Date: 01/01/2015

Email: Mike@hillingdonchamber.co.uk
Company: Hillingdon Chamber of Commerce
Website: www.hillingdonchamber.co.uk

I have been involved with Hillingdon Chamber for over 20 years in the roles of Secretary, Treasurer and now as Chairman. When I originally joined it had less than 20 members and only covered Uxbridge and West Drayton businesses. Today the Chamber has around 300 members and is borough wide.

Hillingdon Chamber has developed vital links with organisations such as the local Council, the Police and West London Business and I sit on the Local Strategic Partnership with key partners of the borough which includes many voluntary bodies.

The Chamber has helped set up the first Hillingdon Expo which over 600 businesses attended and has been involved for many years with Heathrow Meet the Buyer, (now called Heathrow Summit) which aims to get businesses involved in obtaining contracts with airport companies and the local Council. We have brought businesses together by setting up a number of networking events with various partners throughout the borough, and are currently working with the Council to deliver a Business Support Programme. We also helped set up West London Business who provide informative and high quality networking events including West London Business Awards. The Chamber has also negotiated ½ hour free parking and reduced fees for residents which has helped some of the smaller businesses in the borough.

Hillingdon Chamber is run on behalf of its members by a hard working committee of volunteers and as we are a not for profit organisation rely mainly on subscriptions to cover our running costs. We have a very strong committee with a wealth of experience.

Why join? Why not! Every business will want to make new contacts, benefit from business advice and information and learn how to improve.

Mike Langan
Chairman

Maggie Chandler

Maggie Chandler

Chamber Manager

Position: Chamber Manager
Start Date: 2013

Email: maggie@hillingdonchamber.co.uk
Company: Hillingdon Chamber of Commerce
Website: www.hillingdonchamber.co.uk

Maggie is the Chamber Manager and supports the Chairman and Committee by providing local companies with information on business opportunities and arranging informative networking events and seminars, providing key information relevant to the business community. Through these events and media she provides information from local and central government and other bodies to HCC members and promotes the work of the Chamber to develop a wider membership. Maggie has worked for London Borough of Hillingdon in various roles including PA to Managing Director and for the Directors of both Engineering and Legal. She is now self-employed and has worked with the Hillingdon Chamber of Commerce for 2 years and for a local solicitor for a number of years.

Laraine Smith

Laraine Smith

Joint Vice-Chair & Education Advisor

Position: Joint Vince-Chair
Start Date: August 2007

Email: lsmith@UxbridgeCollege.ac.uk
Company: Uxbridge College
Website: www.uxbridgecollege.ac.uk/

Laraine is the Principal of Uxbridge College and in this capacity acts as a vital link between the world of business and that of education. Laraine is very committed to promoting and developing the skills agenda locally through the education and training offered by the College. In addition Laraine is active in both private and public sector partnerships in Hillingdon with the aim of advancing the interests of local businesses and the growth of the local economy.

Frazine Johnson

Frazine Johnson

Joint Vice-Chair & Legal Advisor

Position: Joint Vice-Chair
Start Date: 01/06/2001

Email: Fazine@frazinejohnson.co.uk
Company: Frazine Johnson Solicitors
Website: www.frazinejohnson.com/

Frazine is a partner in the firm FRAZINEJOHNSON SOLICITORS based for the last 8 years in Denham. As a serving committee member for 16 years she is keen to assist Chamber members to grow especially through the public and third sector and is the Chamber’s link with businesses in Denham and Harefield. Frazine has worked in local government for a number of years before running her solicitors’ practice for 17 years. On a community level she is a governor at Uxbridge College and supports charities and community organisations in Hillingdon.”

Catherine Heppelthwaite

Catherine Heppelthwaite

Charities & Community Advisor

Position: Committee Member – Charities & Community Advisor
Start Date: 01/01/2015

Email: cheppelthwaite@yahoo.com

Catherine ran a small plumbing and heating company for over 25 years based in Hillingdon, until she sold the company three years ago. She presently works for the company three days a week as an Operations Manager. She has a first class business studies degree and currently a Trustee of Harlington Hospice. She understands the trials and tribulations of running a small business and feels that she is in a good position to advice on the needs of small businesses within the London Borough of Hillingdon.

Jonathan Seymour

Jonathan Seymour

Chamber Treasurer

Position: Chamber Treasurer
Start Date: 2002

Email: JSeymour@kingstonsmith.co.uk
Company: Kingston Smith
Website: www.kingstonsmith.co.uk

Jonathan is a Chartered Accountant and at partner at Kingston Smith Accountants, based at the Heathrow office in Hayes. He specialises in working with growing small and medium sized businesses many of which are in the West London area, providing audit, accounting, taxation and strategic advice. He brings his expertise in understanding businesses to the Chamber when considering strategy for how the Chamber can help local businesses and the problems they face. Jonathan is a board member of the Hayes Business Studios, an initiative that provides office space and support to start up entrepreneurs in the Hillingdon borough. Jonathan is the treasurer of the Chamber and has been a committee member since 2002. He also assists with ICT matters and oversees the Chamber website.

Pally Randhawa

Pally Randhawa

Joint Vice-Chair & IT Advisor

Position: Joint Vice-Chair & IT Advisor
Start Date: 01/01/2015

Email: pally@onecareit.com
Company: One Care iT Limited
Website: www.onecareit.com

Pally Randhawa – Director of One Care iT Limited, attended Oak Farm Junior school and Bishopshalt Secondary School – both located in Hillingdon. After working for another local IT company for 6 years, I decided to form One Care iT Limited in 2005 to fulfil a global customers’ need for fixed priced maintenance IT support and achieve budgetary control of their requirements. Since 2005 the company has specialised in IT Security, Storage and Support, helping both SME’s to larger entities by providing solutions rather than simply selling products to grow our customer base.

One Care iT’s motto is “…service without compromise”, effectively allowing our clients control of their IT rather than the other way round. Customers have a choice and getting value for money is fundamental in any line business. These ethics have severed me well and remain true for today in the year when One Care iT celebrates its 10th anniversary.

My role is to ensure the Chambers IT requirements are fulfilled and I also have hosted IT events for local businesses.

David Ferroussat

David Ferroussat

Committee Member

Position: Committee member
Start Date: 22/06/2016

Email: David_Ferroussat@heathrow.com
Company: Heathrow Airport Limited
Website: www.heathrow.com

David has over 30 years experience in the construction industry with 20 of those years being at Heathrow, firstly as a consultant and since 2000 direct with Heathrow. David’s role covers procurement of all works and services relating to Heathrow’s Infrastructure assets including runways, taxiways, car parks, roads, utilities, control authorities and all construction related consultancy services. David has more recently been working on the Contracting and Commercial strategy for the 3rd Runway.

Before that David led the HAL commercial team on the £2.5bn Terminal 2 Project and also led the project management team responsible for all the Business Critical Systems within the main terminal building. David has also been HAL’s Ombudsman and between 2002 and 2008 led the HAL Supply Chain Team on the £4.3bn Terminal 5 Project responsible for the commercial relationship with all the 1st tier suppliers. David is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Member of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors and a Member of the Association for Project Management. David also sits on the Constructing Excellence Members Steering Group as a client representative

Les Drussel

Les Drussel

Committee Manager

Position: Chamber Manager
Start Date: 01/01/2015

Email: les@drussel.net

Julie Rees

Julie Rees

Committee Member

Position: Chamber Manager
Start Date: 01/01/2015

Julie Rees is the Director of the Professional Development Centre at Brunel University London and has responsibility for the professional development of undergraduate & postgraduate students. She works closely with the University’s Colleges & Institutes and with small and large employers from different Industry sectors.