What is your current role within the company?
Director and Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce Ltd
What is your background prior to working for this company/setting up your company?
For the last 30 years, I have set-up businesses from scratch as well as growing well-known organisations in Scotland. I have established highly influential and impactful mentoring and business support programmes, spearheaded employment & job creation initiatives and influenced change in social & economic policy development, leading to further successes in setting up education + business partnerships as well as personal contributions to the social/charitable enterprise sectors.
What makes your company and/or your role stand out?
Scottish Chambers of Commerce – as a company – has a stand out ability to innovate and keep up with fast paced changes in the economy as well as responding to the needs of its vast membership. This often involves leading private sector partnerships to effect positive change in the economy and respond to challenges/opportunities, as well as introducing new business ideas to Scottish & UK Government, to fundamentally create a positive economic environment.
My role is to both lead and develop the agenda on behalf of a diverse membership base and influence change. The extraordinary dimension of my role is the wide range of customers – from private sector to government to public agencies to media – which enables me to make a real difference in our approach and direction. Ultimately, the direct connection with businesses is the stand out element of SCC and my role where I get to see the difference business people are making every day in local communities.
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