The West and North Yorkshire Chamber has announced the appointment of Mark Casci who later this year will take on the role of the Head of Business Representation and Policy.
Initially having joined the Yorkshire Post as Rural Affairs Correspondent, Mark has served as the title’s Deputy News Editor, Head of News, Business Editor and most recently as Head of Business and Features, as well as serving as a duty editor as part of the title’s senior management team.
During his career Mark has become a well-connected and trusted figure in the county’s business community, having broken dozens of stories about the region’s economy. He was the 2017 winner of the Wincott Foundation’s Journalist of the Year in the Nations and Regions. A people manager of more than a decade, Mark brings with him an enthusiasm and deep-rooted passion for Yorkshire business and its people.
Mark said: “I am thrilled and humbled to be joining the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce. Throughout my career I have witnessed at first hand the crucial work it does for the region’s economy. The Chamber is home to a fantastic range of talented, knowledgeable and driven people and I cannot wait to join the team.
“I have constantly said throughout my career that Yorkshire is home to a world-class business community, encompassing everything from cutting edge manufacturing, professional services and tech firms.
“With inflation, the disruption caused by the pandemic and the urgent need to improve skill levels and productivity, the economy faces its share of challenges but I am convinced the Chamber is ideally suited to be the convening space where these issues are faced and resolved.
“I am massively grateful to the board for offering me the role. I must pay tribute to Mark Goldstone who is leaving me massive shoes to fill. His contribution to the region’s economy and people is a superb legacy and one I am proud and humbled to inherit.
“I cannot wait to start the new role and will be giving it my all to make Yorkshire the most attractive place to do business in the nation.”
Chair of the West & North Yorkshire Chamber, Amanda Beresford, said: “I am delighted Mark is joining us, he will be a great addition to our team. Mark’s skills, knowledge of and commitment to the region will be invaluable in helping us to connect, support and represent business in the area.”
Outside of work Mark enjoys competing in triathlons, cooking and travelling. He is a husband and father of two daughters. He lives in Leeds.