29 Jan 2019
Year ahead will focus on international trade and the future of Glasgow city centre.
Glasgow Chamber of Commerce has made nine additions to its ruling Council, drawn from a variety of sectors from the city’s business community.
At its AGM on 28 January the election was confirmed of the new directors -Derek Provan, CEO of AGS Airports Limited; Craig Pollock, Glasgow Area Director of Bank of Scotland Commercial Banking; Lindsay McGarvie, Corporate Affairs Director of Edrington; Carol Henry, Group People Director of Arnold Clark Automobiles Limited; Catherine Topley, CEO of Scottish Canals; Rhona Baillie, Chief Executive of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, Lesley Thomson, Managing Director of Spreng Thomson; Derek Tillery, Glasgow Regional Managing Partner of Ryden and Amanda Taylor, chairperson of JCI Glasgow.
The AGM also saw Jim McHarg, Divisional HR Director at Weir Group, continue as President for a second year. His Deputy is Paul Little, Principal and CEO of City of Glasgow College.
Jim McHarg said: “We have a very strong group of new directors joining us this year, adding to our Council’s knowledge and experience at a time of increasing activity in the growth of the Glasgow’s economy and at an important time for the Chamber and for the city.
“At this point I’d like to place on the record our thanks to Ewan Cameron of Ryden, who has been a fantastic servant to the Chamber and is stepping down after the maximum 15-year period as a director. We owe him a real debt of gratitude.”
McHarg went on to say that the dual focus of the year ahead would be a continued focus on international trade despite ongoing Brexit uncertainty, and the future of Glasgow city centre.
He said: “Some time ago our Board took the view that, whatever the outcomes from the Brexit negotiations, our chief executive Stuart Patrick and his deputy Richard Muir and their team would develop strong links with Milan, Berlin and Nuremberg, and they will go again to Milan and Turin in February to promote trade for our members and investment for the city. We have also established links on the other side of the Atlantic with our counterparts in Manhattan and with business organisations in Dalian, China - one of Glasgow’s eight twin cities.
“There is a lot to do in Glasgow city centre and we will be heavily involved with such issues as the Sauchiehall Street Task Force, the ongoing Avenues developments and the Connectivity Commission.
“In addition we will continue our work on the Circular Glasgow initiative, encouraged by its success in being shortlisted for the World Economic Forum’s Public Sector Award at The Circulars awards, losing out in the end to the European Commission.
“This ambitious programme shows Glasgow Chamber of Commerce is more relevant and influential than ever to the business community and to the success of Glasgow, and we have just embarked on a membership drive that will see our influence increase over the coming years.”