Charity Business in the Community (BITC) has appointed its first ever female director for Wales.
Rosie Sweetman will succeed current director in Wales at the business led charity that champions responsible business practice, Simon Harris, next week.
Mrs Sweetman currently leads on all business-facing and advisory services as deputy director,
She will maintain overall responsibility for the support to BITC’s Welsh members, ranging from small companies to large corporates –with a focus on helping them to manage, measure and communicate their responsible business practice.
The mother of two young children said: “I’ve long been passionate about working with Welsh companies to help them realise the benefits of an integrated approach where being responsible is key to both strategic decision making and day-to-day operations.
“BITC is the only organisation focused on responsible business which is truly business-led, so we’re uniquely placed to help businesses on this journey.”
Her appointment has been endorsed by president of BITC, The Prince of Wales, as well as BITC’s Wales advisory board, chaired by John Union, Wales director for Barclays.
Mr Union said: “On behalf of the board, I congratulate Rosie on her appointment as Wales director.
“Her clear business-focus, considerable expertise and the strong relationships built whilst supporting Welsh businesses on their journey to become more responsible, are huge assets for the organisation going forward. “I very much look forward to working more closely with Rosie and her team.”
Since joining BITC in 2006, Mrs Sweetman has led on the development of BITC’s Welsh business offer and been the driving force behind the organisation’s focus on smaller businesses. She was also instrumental in introducing both SME level membership
Prior to joining BITC, she worked for Grant Thornton, where she headed up its business development function across Cardiff, Bristol and Cheltenham.
She has also worked by Arts Business Cymru and a number of other arts organisations in various PR and marketing roles, and been involved in the development of start-up businesses.