Your Advisers

Shernel Stevenson

Shernel is an International Trade Adviser and provides a tailor-made, professional mentoring service to businesses, to assist them in developing and implementing a successful international action plan.

Shernel’s passion for international business led her to pursue a Master’s in law in international trade; knowledge which she now gets to use in her role. Shernel has several years of experience working with a variety of businesses, from small exporters, to larger corporations. She assists them in creating a targeted approach to exporting, to achieve growth and development in overseas markets.

She enjoys her role and assisting companies to grow their exports. Shernel has a passion for the food and drink sector and has been the sector lead for DIT West Midlands for over eight years. In this role she has created a programme of activities including leading on overseas missions, as well as organising and hosting inward ‘meet the buyer’ events.


gerald whitworth international trade advisor

Gerald Whitworth

A decisive & competent International Trade Adviser possessing a perceptive and imaginative approach to export selling, with a proven track record of promotional and product launches in export markets.

Experience of working in numerous market sectors, including textiles, composites & plastics industries, latterly working within global fire protection industry and specialist industrial gas markets.

A working experience in diverse global markets of over 45 years, holding positions of Business Manager, International Sales Manager and Director roles, serving a wide range of territories including;
European & Scandinavian, Middle East, India, South East Asia, Japan, South Korea, Australia and US markets.
Represented UK and European businesses on International standards committees, including BS, CEN & ISO organisations.
Provided consultancy services to UK and Italian government environment departments, with representations to EU and UNEP organisations.

Presenter of numerous technical papers at International conferences in UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Korea and Middle East to support local marketing activities.


Norman Rikunenko

Norman has worked in technical sales and project/account development with responsibility for sales growth and delivery through the management of distribution networks and direct sales.

He has worked in the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa and the Asia Pacific, where he was based in Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.

Following extensive background in after sales and technical support, both in the UK and overseas, he went on to build over 20 years’ high level sales experience dealing with satellite communications, to the oil & gas and cash processing Industry.

Experience in dealing with turn-key and capital equipment sales to government and private sectors, working with clients to deliver to their specification and requirements.

As you can see he enjoys travel and the challenge of working overseas, so his experience is now put to good use by assisting Shropshire companies achieve their goals to grow their business overseas.


Gail Jennings

Gail joined Shropshire Chamber of Commerce in September 2014 following the birth of her 2nd child looking for a new challenge and change of pace.

Prior to joining us Gail had been a Communications Operator for 12 years at West Mercia Police dealing with 999 calls and co-ordinating the deployment of Police Officers and Police Staff, liaising with other emergency services and agencies. Where Teamwork, flexibility and multitasking were essential skills.

She also previously worked for Telewest Communications (now Virgin Media) within their Network Operations centre co-ordinating UK wide engineer response for high level faults that she and other staff were unable to fix remotely. She also looked after key corporate clients and was liaison between the Network Operations Centre and Telewest’s Directors updating them on major faults often waking them in the middle of the night. She holds numerous Marconi and Nortel telecoms and data training certificates.

Prior to this she held similar roles within British Gas and was the Functions administrator for 11th Viscount Cobham at Hagley Hall hosting a wide range of events from Weddings, Charity events, Product launches and a state dinner for 30 foreign office dignitaries.

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