Glasgow Chamber of Commerce has made three major additions to its ruling council, as well as electing a new president.
The Chamber’s AGM saw the election of former BAE Systems managing director Vic Emery, John Lewis (Glasgow) managing director Lesley Ballantyne and Clydesdale Bank’s business partner Stuart Cruickshank – who all become directors. Vic Emery also joins the Chamber board of management.
The AGM also saw James Andrew of business coaching specialists Shirlaws take over as president for a two-year term – succeeding Claire Dunning of Dunning Design, who remains a member of the board. His deputy will be Varry McMenemy, chief executive of Bellcom.
Andrew, a chartered surveyor, will in particular be involved in continuing business development for members with the 2014 Commonwealth Games, through Business Club Scotland and Glasgow City Council.
He said: “I am very pleased at these impressive additions to our new ruling council. They join us at a time of increasing activity in the growth of the city’s economy and at a time of major development for the Chamber, where we will focus on increasing our influence as a delivery and policy partner in achieving the aims and objectives of the city’s economic strategy.
“The new directors bring their wide experience as senior players with some of the city’s most important companies and organisations, to augment the expertise that already we have in our existing council members.
“In Vic Emery, we have a real heavyweight addition to our board. In addition to his expertise at the helm of a major engineering company, he brings wide boardroom experience from his time as chair of Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, and currently as a member of Scottish Enterprise’s Regional Advisory Board. He is also current chair of New Campus Glasgow, overseeing the development and construction of Glasgow’s new Supercollege, and chair of the Scottish Police Services Authority.
“Lesley Ballantyne has led John Lewis’s Glasgow store to continuing success at a difficult time for retail, and her experience and influence in the sector extends to being chair of Style Mile, working to expand and strengthen the role of Glasgow city centre.
“Stuart Cruickshank brings years of experience with one of our leading banks in this challenging period for the financial sector, and will help us develop the funding relationships that our members tell us need strengthened.”
Claire Dunning said: “I have been president of the Chamber over the most testing times for business in 60 years, and am pleased to leave it in solid shape to James Andrew, who has been deputy during that time. James is one of the most energetic, optimistic and committed people I have ever worked with, and I know he will oversee the achievement of the Chamber’s aims during his time in office in tandem with our new chief executive Stuart Patrick.”