Mary-Ann Wright, a partner at DWF LLP, has been appointed chair of the LCCI’s flagship economy and enterprise committee, taking over from Mishcon de Reya’s Elliot Moss.
Head of family law at the firm’s City of London, Birmingham and Bristol offices, Wright has particular experience representing SMEs and senior individuals within the insurance, finance and banking sectors.
Wright was elected Chair of the Women Lawyer’s Division of England & Wales in 2013, and is a winner of a Law Society’s award for outstanding contribution to pro bono services. She is also a Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Solicitors and sits on the Livery Committee, which was established in 2014 to attract new members from more diverse backgrounds. She was shortlisted for the BSN Diversity Awards in 2015.
In 2013/14 and as a member of the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal’s Committee Mary-Ann Wright helped raise over £2 million for the chosen charities. A formidable networker, she is also a long-serving LCCI Ambassador and as a member of the economy and enterprise Committee has shown a special interest in the housing and travel issues facing the capital, its residents and businesses.
Commenting on her appointment, Wright said “I am delighted and honored to accept this appointment and look forward with my fellow committee members to building on the great work of my predecessor Elliot Moss in continuing to scrutinise policy and contribute to the LCCI’s important agenda for the benefit of our members. These are exciting times for London and the committee will continue to work hard with the LCCI to ensure that our members’ voices are heard by government at the local and national level”.
LCCI’s advisory committees provide the opportunity for members with relevant experience and expertise to voice their views and concerns on key business issues. Advising the policy and public affairs team, they enable business to directly influence policymakers at local and national government levels.
The Economy and Enterprise Committee has a unique role amongst these committees. Looking at the broader London economy, its focus is on ensuring the capital has the fundamental conditions in place to remain a competitive and productive leading world city. In recent years the Committee has examined issues including immigration, how to encourage growth in London’s economy with a particular focus on the digital economy – and skills. It contributed to LCCI’s most recent report, Capital Connected: Helping London businesses grow online which detailed how London businesses are using online platforms and addressed the barriers preventing some firms from maximising the benefits of the digital revolution. In 2016, the Economy and Enterprise Committee with be scrutinizing issues ranging from the capital’s nighttime economy, through to its infrastructure needs and the prospects of further London devolution.