Philippa Jane Gee DL
Pippa Gee (née Chambers) was born in Barlaston and has lived in North Staffordshire for nearly all her life. She was educated first at St Dominic’s Priory School in Stone and then at Howell’s School in Denbigh, North Wales. Following A’ levels, she took a secretarial course in London, combined with one day a week at the Cordon Bleu Cookery School.
Her first job was as secretary to the Vice Chancellor at Keele University which gave her a great affection for the university. She left to move to Lugano where she was PA to the Headmaster of the American School in Switzerland. This gave her the opportunity to travel throughout Switzerland and Italy and an added bonus was that the whole school relocated to St Moritz for two weeks each January and skiing was actually considered work. She returned to Staffordshire and after marrying she joined her father at FG Chambers & Co Ltd, the timber merchants in Stoke-on-Trent which had been founded by her grandfather in 1906.
Pippa was a founding director of Chambers International Products Ltd, a company distributing laminates and board materials primarily to the kitchen and shopfitting industries. The CIP group had expanded to include distribution and fabrication companies around the UK when she sold the trading businesses in 1997, retaining the freehold premises. Her father had achieved a similar sale of FG Chambers the previous year and CIP Estates Ltd and Chambers Estates Ltd are now commercial property management and investment companies which Pippa runs from her home office.
Pippa was delighted to renew her association with Keele when she was asked to become a Trustee of the Keele University Development Trust in 1997, and she subsequently sat on Council and Finance Committee. Latterly she has been a non-executive director of Keele Facilities Management and Chairman of the Friends of Keele.
She was a governor of Denstone College near Uttoxeter for 15 years from 1998. She became a non-executive director of Denstone College Enterprises and was appointed Chairman of Governors, otherwise known as Custos, for 5 years from 2008. She is now an Honorary Fellow of Woodard Schools.
Along the way she has been a General Commissioner of Income Tax for Stoke Division for 14 years and was also a member of Staffordshire Education Appeals Panel. She acted as membership secretary for the newly formed Stafford Decorative and Fine Arts Society, a branch of NADFAS, for five years and as website and publicity officer for a further two years.
Pippa was very honoured to be appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire in 2009.
She lives in Barlaston close to her daughter and two granddaughters. Her son and a third granddaughter live overseas.