President, British Chamber of Commerce, Brussels
Graduated in 1978
As President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Brussels, Glynis Whiting is responsible for its work as a network for international business people. Since taking over the post in 2011, she has overseen a substantial change management process at the organisation. New initiatives she has led include working closely with the British Embassy in Brussels to encourage more UK companies to export and develop business in Belgium.
After obtaining a Diploma in Town Planning at Birmingham Polytechnic (now Birmingham City University), Glynis worked in various posts at Gloucester City Council and London Borough of Southwark and was involved in local development, strategic planning and managing regeneration projects.
In 1992 Glynis became Kent County Council's first European Planning Manager, where she steered a number of transnational planning and development projects catalysed by the Channel Tunnel links into France and Belgium. She also received an award from the Royal Town Planning Institute for an innovative spatial planning publication "A Vision for Euroregion".
This position led to a secondment to the European Commission working as a national expert on urban policy and regeneration. In 2000 Glynis was appointed by the West Midlands to set up and manage an EU regional representation office and business centre in Brussels, working with regions, universities and business across Europe.
Glynis has also established her own consultancy, WhitingEaton Associates, employing her expertise in business transformation, strategy, organisation and performance. The consultancy works with companies and organisations to create business development opportunities and shared value, engaging momentum for change at all levels.