Meet the team

The Chamber team is professional, friendly and helpful. We know, because our members told us!

You can contact us through the generic team address, or individually through our details below. The Chamber board and its policy council are elected by the wider Chamber membership at the annual AGM.

All members of the Chamber board are also members of the Chamber policy council. The council works with the Chamber team to develop Chamber policy and opinion on issues important to the business community.



Office of the chief executive

    • Russell Borthwick
    • Chief executive
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      Russell Borthwick Chief executive

      Russell joined the Chamber in February 2016.

      He was previously managing partner of a global marketing agency network based in Newcastle, regional managing director for Trinity Mirror’s North East of England newspaper division and also founded his own research & communications consultancy Press Ahead, which he ran for nearly a decade.  

      During his time in the "other" North East, he was involved with many initiatives and campaigns relating to inward investment, economic development, place marketing, major event bids and the skills and entrepreneurship agenda.

      In his role, he represents the Chamber and its members on various boards and committees including Opportunity North East, Visit Aberdeenshire, Scottish Chambers of Commerce and is vice chair of the City Centre Masterplan Reference Group. In addition, he works closely with British Chambers of Commerce.

      Born and brought up in Aberdeen and a dedicated/long-suffering (delete as applicable) fan of the Dons, Russell returned to the city after an absence of more than 20 years as he is passionate about the success of the area and sees AGCC as having a key role to play in helping to position our region as an even better place to live, work, study, visit, invest and do business for the future.

    • Julie Holland
    • PA to chief executive
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      Julie Holland PA to chief executive

      Julie joined the Chamber in September 2015 after working at Asset Development and Improvement Limited where she provided human resources support. Prior to this she has held several personal/executive assistant roles at director level, predominantly in the oil and gas industry.

      Julie’s main role at the Chamber is to provide a full range of PA support to the CEO and to assist the finance and administration director regarding company-secretary duties and HR administration. She also provides support to the Chamber’s President.

    • Sandra Morrison
    • Senior administrator
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      Sandra Morrison Senior administrator

      Having spent the majority of her career in the heritage sector, Sandra graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2019 where she studied professional development with the School of Education, including involvement in the ERASMUS project looking at mobile learning for higher education.

      Sandra joined the Chamber in February 2020, having come from a role in the arts and culture sector in Moray and a part-time post supporting young people in Aberdeenshire. 

      In her role as senior administrator, Sandra supports the PA the chief executive as well as providing administrative services for the Chamber team and responsibility for HR admin functions.

Membership and events

    • Seona Shand
    • Membership & events director
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      Seona Shand Membership & events director

      Seona is the membership and events director, having joined the Chamber in 2009. She started her career in office support before moving into event management, working with some of the world’s best known speakers including Edward de Bono and Rosabeth Moss Kanter.  She was then inspired to change to the third sector engaging with corporate partners and managing some of the most admired charitable events such as the Touch of Tartan Ball.

      Seona works closely with our premier partners, key accounts, many sponsors and international associates, bringing a wealth of experience with a strong customer focus.  She is responsible for managing the membership and event teams to help create the buoyant, diversified regional economy that will enable all member companies to be more successful and prosperous.


    • Teresa Bremner
    • Membership network manager
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      Teresa Bremner Membership network manager

      Teresa started her career in 1985 with Clydesdale Bank and enjoyed 28 years service within the bank.

      She qualified to be a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and was Cemap accredited, with roles as private relationship manager and regional deposit partner pulling on Teresa's strong business development and customer relationship skills.

      She also held a management role with Regus, business services and serviced office providers, before joining the Chamber in September 2014.

      As membership network manager, Teresa is the lead contact for the business services and finance members. Her focus is on new acquisition and retention through the continual improvement of services provided to all members.

    • John Shaw
    • Membership network manager
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      John Shaw Membership network manager

      John joined the Chamber in September 2017 as a membership network manager and is the key contact for a portfolio of Chamber members.

      He graduated with a BA (hons) in Management Studies at the University of Aberdeen in 2009 then went onto work as business adviser for Business Gateway where he managed a large portfolio of clients, advising them on the processes involved when starting a new business Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

      More recently, John worked in a business development role for an oil and gas service company where he account managed existing clients and successfully gaining new clients from identified markets.

      As a membership network manager he works with his existing portfolio of members to ensure they maximise their membership and actively promotes their businesses whenever possible.

    • Lee-Ann Stewart
    • Membership & events executive
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      Lee-Ann Stewart Membership & events executive

      Lee-Ann joined the Chamber in September 2014 as membership network assistant where she provides support to the membership network managers and acts as the conduit between members and the Chamber.

      Before the Chamber, Lee-Ann worked for the EIC as events & communications co-ordinator. In this role Lee-Ann assisted in the planning and facilitating of several events including a number of business presentations as well as corporate entertainment.

      During her time at the Chamber, Lee-Ann completed a Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration at Level 3.


    • Truman Vaz
    • Sales executive
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      Truman Vaz Sales executive

      Truman grew up and did most of his studying in Goa, India, and has qualifications in Life Sciences, while having most of his work experience in advertising and sales during his 6 years in Aberdeen.

      He previously worked for Aberdeen Journals, selling private, B2B and recruitment advertising. Before joining the chamber, he worked at BT Local Business North Scotland (Aberdeen), where he discussed and sold telecom solutions to SMEs across North Scotland.

      In his role within the Chamber, he looks after Band 1 members, which include businesses having 1-5 employees. He aims to help them make the most of their membership within the chamber, while looking for more businesses to be a part of this prestigious organisation and grow the member business network.

    • Katie Sim
    • Membership network executive
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      Katie Sim Membership network executive

      Katie joined the Chamber in September 2019. Katie grew up in Aberdeenshire and worked in the hospitality industry after leaving school before travelling across Europe. After returning to Scotland, Katie studied events management before embarking on a career in the events and hospitality industry. Prior to joining the Chamber, she was a manager at Liberty Living working alongside RGU and the University of Aberdeen. Katie's job at the Chamber is to encourage all members to maximise their membership.



    • Scott Currie
    • Membership network manager
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      Scott Currie Membership network manager

      Scott joined the Chamber in January 2020 as a membership network manager and is the key contact for the Chamber’s property, transport, culture, creative, tourism, retail and food and drink members. He works to ensure members maximise their membership. 

      Having studied BA publishing media in Edinburgh and spending a two-year period teaching English in Thailand, his experience spans several years working within the service industry before moving into B2B at Aberdeen Journals in 2009. More recently, Scott has account managed a number of clients operating in the oil and gas industry.

    • Nicole Chidester
    • Events executive
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      Nicole Chidester Events executive

      Nicole graduated from the University of Utah (USA) with a BS in political science and a minor in religious studies. She has widespread experience working with local government including interning for the Utah State Senate, Attorney General’s Office, and running a successful legislative campaign.

      Most recently, she worked for Millcreek City in Utah, as the assistant economic development director. Her team worked on a $20m redevelopment project to transform the heart of Utah’s 10th largest city and managed the newly formed Business Council. 

      Upcoming relocating to Aberdeen in 2020, Nicole joined the Chamber to help develop and deliver a programme of high-quality events for the North-east business community.

Skills and training

    • Mary Holland
    • Head of skills
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      Mary Holland Head of skills

      Mary joined the Chamber in January 2013 as a membership network manager and has now taken on the role of head of skills. 

      She started her career as a graduate recruit with BP in Aberdeen in 1987. Since then, she has worked in a wide range of management, service provision and project roles across private, public and third sector organisation in the North-east of Scotland. These have included BP, Amerada Hess, Common Purpose, Grampian Police, Capita Health Solutions and the Wood Foundation.

      An experienced professional with a strong customer focus and value driven ethos, Mary is delighted to be part of the team at AGCC working to improve the services provided to members.

    • Susan Staniforth
    • Training team leader
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      Susan Staniforth Training team leader

      Susan joined in January 2012, having previously account managed a large geographical territory and responsible for over £1m of IT training revenue. 

      With a strong background in sales and customer service, there is a wealth of experience to draw on while enjoying the unique experience of working with the teams at Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce.

      One of the most gratifying aspects of the role is the positive comments given via our delegate evaluations and the repeat bookings on courses.

    • Angus Robb
    • Training executive
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      Angus Robb Training executive

      Having graduated in 2016 from the University of Aberdeen with an MA in History Angus went on to further his studies by taking up a postgraduate in Scandinavian history, with a focus on ancient languages.

      Angus joined the Chamber in march 2019, having come from a senior management role in Aberdeen’s hospitality sector, working as operations manager at a local café chain for the past 4 years.

      In his role as training executive he will aid the training team in booking and organising the Chambers extensive training catalogue.


    • Laura Grant
    • Head of communications & marketing
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      Laura Grant Head of communications & marketing

      Former journalist and communications professional with a proven and successful 20 year track record across a variety of disciplines, Laura has led a number of campaigns for the private sector, particularly within the oil and gas and renewable energy industries.

      She has extensive experience of public relations planning for corporate and B2B organisations operating locally, nationally and internationally.

      Editor of the Business Bulletin with responsibility for all Chamber communications and marketing, her role is to make sure the voice of the North-east is heard while providing maximum returns for members through strategic and value-adding opportunities.

    • Michelle Walker
    • Marketing & communications executive
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      Michelle Walker Marketing & communications executive

      Michelle graduated with a BA(Hons) in Management from Robert Gordon University in 2014 before returning in 2017 to study a MSc in Digital Marketing. She was awarded a Certificate in Digital Marketing from the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing in 2018.

      Before joining the Chamber in August 2018, Michelle managed the digital communications for Deeside artisan distillery Esker Spirits and worked as a freelance social media and marketing consultant. She has worked with a number of businesses across the North-east.


    • Andrew Taylor
    • Design executive
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      Andrew Taylor Design executive

      Andrew is a graphic designer with a Higher National Diploma in Visual Communication. He has extensive experience in all areas of graphic design including branding, merchandising, print production, digital design and online marketing strategy.

      Before joining the Chamber in March 2019, Andrew ran a successful print and design company working with a number of businesses and start-ups from across the country.

    • Kathryn Collie
    • Sales Manager
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      Kathryn Collie Sales Manager

      On leaving Oldmachar Academy, Kathryn joined Aberdeen Journals within the telesales department before managing the launch of Scot-Ads and latterly the distribution of the Herald and Post. She joined Yellow Pages in 1997, and spanning 22 years, held a variety of positions from field sales executive, new media specialist, key account manager, account executive manager and latterly digital sales manager in the North-east of Scotland.


      Kathryn joined the Chamber in December 2019 as sales manager, working to raise the profile of our members.


Policy and research

    • Shane Taylor
    • Research and policy manager
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      Shane Taylor Research and policy manager

      Shane is currently acting as research and policy manager at the Chamber. Prior to joining the policy team, Shane had been supporting businesses at a national level through Scottish Chambers of Commerce since 2017. Before joining the Chamber Network, Shane held a number of research roles, most recently as research manager for the UK’s largest marketing website, The Drum.

    • Kirsten Irvine
    • Research team leader
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      Kirsten Irvine Research team leader

      Kirsten graduated with a BA (Hons) in Marketing and Psychology from Stirling University in 2012. 

      During her time at university, she developed her research and analysis skills through a variety of projects and dissertations, and also completed a research assistant placement at the University. She then completed a Masters in Consumer Psychology with Business at Bangor University in 2013.

      Kirsten joined the Chamber in June 2014 and supports the Chamber’s research unit, contributing to the execution of customer research, staff engagement and sector-specific research.

    • Stuart Morrison
    • Senior research and policy executive
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      Stuart Morrison Senior research and policy executive

      Stuart graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2014 with an MA (Hons) in History.

      After graduating Stuart worked for a specialist market research agency, providing research services to major technology vendors around the world. Stuart is a member of the Market Research Society, having completed the Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research Practice. 

      Stuart joined the Chamber in May 2018 and works on a range of research projects across various sectors.

    • Vanessa Wilhelm
    • Research and policy assistant
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      Vanessa Wilhelm Research and policy assistant

      Vanessa joined the policy and research team in June 2019 having graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2018 with an MA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations.

      She has over three years’ experience working in local councils in her native Germany, where she held different roles in administration and communication.

      Prior to joining the research and policy team, Vanessa worked as a community and events Fundraiser for a local charity.

Export documentation

    • Lorraine Neish
    • Export documentation team leader
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      Lorraine Neish Export documentation team leader

      Lorraine previously worked in the Finance sector covering various roles over a 20 year period.

      Lorraine joined the Chamber in 2007 and is the export documentation team leader. Her role at the Chamber is to make the export documentation process as straightforward as possible for exporters.

    • Alexander Sim
    • Senior export documentation executive
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      Alexander Sim Senior export documentation executive

      Alexander Sim is a certification documentation executive with responsibility for certifying various documents for the international business department. 

      He previously worked for Clydesdale Bank plc for over 34 years, the last 20 years working in their business banking section dealing with a wide cross section of business types and sizes.

    • Norma Davidson
    • Export documentation executive
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      Norma Davidson Export documentation executive

      Norma joined the Chamber in 2011 after working in Customer Service with BT over 20 years. Norma’s role in the Documentation team is to certify various documents for International trade.

    • Kevin Stott
    • Export documentation executive
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      Kevin Stott Export documentation executive

      Kevin brings a wealth of experience to the Chamber having worked for Royal Mail for thirty years. Over the last ten years, he has held various managerial roles including production demand and supply manager and has been involved in projects looking at planning, forecasting and reporting to HR.

    • Jan Maclean
    • Export documentation executive
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      Jan Maclean Export documentation executive

      Jan joined the Chamber's export documentation team in 2019 following 11 years working for a chemical manufacturer. She has extensive experience in exporting and logistics. 

    • Marika Majewska
    • Export documentation assistant
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      Marika Majewska Export documentation assistant

      Marika joined the expanding export documentation team in June 2019 having graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2018 with a MA (Hons) in Economics.    

      She has over six years of customer service experience having worked in hospitality sector and three years in supervisory positions contributing to local businesses’ success.

      Prior to joining the Chamber, Marika was a member of the Chamber's research team responsible for collecting qualitative and quantitative data.


    • Sue Stephenson
    • Finance and corporate services director
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      Sue Stephenson Finance and corporate services director

      Sue joined the Chamber in August 2016.

      She previously held the role of finance manager at Aberdeen Sports Village, which she had held since its inception seven years ago and where, as part of the senior management team, she played a key role in its successful growth.

      Sue is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, holds an MBA from Durham University and is a member of the Board of Management for Langstane Housing Association.

    • Katy Currie
    • Finance team lead
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      Katy Currie Finance team lead

      Katy joined the Chamber in October 2018.

      She previously held the role of financial controller at ATR Solutions and before that worked in finance positions at FirstBus and ScottishPower Renewables.

      Katy is a chartered accountant (ICAS).

    • Laura Forsyth
    • Finance administrator
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      Laura Forsyth Finance administrator

      Laura Joined the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce in September 2017. She joined us from Nalco Champion where she spent the past five years in various finance roles.

      In her role as finance administrator she will help to oversee all invoicing, credit control and bank reconciliations and also assists with HR duties.


    • Terri Vogt
    • Circular North-east project manager
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      Terri Vogt Circular North-east project manager

      An experienced manager, business woman and environmentalist, Terri’s experience has developed over a 28 year career working with a wide range of organisations.

      A strategist rather than specialist, she is ideally placed to see the bigger picture, understand how projects and strands can fit together and the importance of stakeholder engagement. With a proven track record of building business, stakeholder engagement and managing large inter-disciplinary projects, Terri has helped develop a new business in Aberdeen, run her own business and worked in the consultancy, corporate and public sector. 

      She leads on the Circular Economy project delivered by the Chamber on behalf of Zero Waste Scotland, helping organisations identify opportunities to turn waste into wealth.

    • Jo McDermid
    • Business development co-ordinator
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      Jo McDermid Business development co-ordinator

      Jo joined the Chamber in 2015, initially as part of the team delivering the Developing the Young Workforce initiative. Prior to this, she worked for an oil and gas operating company, a recruitment agency and one of the world’s leading business schools in France and has a strong track record in supporting large scale projects with national and international activity.

      A thoughtful, analytical and delivery focussed person, Jo has a passion for people and builds strong, long lasting relationships.



    • Colette Backwell
    • President
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      Colette Backwell President

      Dr Colette Backwell has been chief executive of CLAN Cancer Support since 2015. In this role, she is the current chair of the Grampian Cancer Partnership Group and sits on the NHS Cancer Strategy Group. She also chairs the Chamber’s Third Sector Group.

      Colette’s previous roles include Director of the Scottish Food and Drink Federation as well as a number of senior policy development positions in the UK, Scottish and local Governments. With more than 20 years’ experience working across various sectors, she has a diverse knowledge of agriculture, rural affairs and the food and drink sector.

    • John Brebner
    • Immediate past president
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      John Brebner Immediate past president

      Director - Brebner Consulting Ltd

      In 2016, John established his own consultancy business Brebner Consulting Ltd focusing on business advisory services, targeting a mix of direct Board appointments (executive and non-executive) as well as project based advisory work.

      This followed a 34 year career with Clydesdale Bank where he undertook various senior roles, latterly Head of Regional Business & Private Banking Centre – East Scotland and Regional Head of Specialist & Acquisition Finance – North of Scotland.

    • Pádraig McCloskey
    • Vice president
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      Pádraig McCloskey Vice president

      After graduating from Imperial College in 2002, Pádraig joined Shell, initially working on the Pernis Refinery in the Netherlands in a technical role. After three years in Holland Pádraig made a significant career move into communications when he moved back to Ireland for the first of two spells working on the Corrib Gas Project. Pádraig has subsequently worked in the US and Canada before moving to Aberdeen in 2012.  

      Pádraig believes the North-east has great potential and is excited by the opportunity to support the Chambers vision for the region.

    • Jennifer Young
    • Vice president
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      Jennifer Young Vice president

      Jennifer believes that business in this area needs to be energetic and positive about meeting the challenges that we all face, whether economic, geographic, market-led or political. She sees the Chamber as continuing to play an integral role in achieving that

    • Stephen Nicol
    • Chief financial officer - Wood
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      Stephen Nicol Chief financial officer - Wood

      Stephen relishes the opportunity to shape the strategic direction of the Chamber, and to share ideas, debate issues and take action to enable success for local businesses. He believes that being on the board will broaden his perspectives as he takes up his post as chief financial officer at Wood.

    • Jill Webster
    • Rubberatkins Limited
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      Jill Webster Rubberatkins Limited

      Jill has over 35 years’ experience as a director of SMEs as well as experience as provost of Aberdeenshire Council with its half a billion pound budget. She believes that her many connections through her public and corporate activities will be an enormous asset to the Chamber board,

    • Chris Bain
    • External relations director - Aberdeen Harbour Board
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      Chris Bain External relations director - Aberdeen Harbour Board

      Educated at Stirling University, Chris followed an early career in helicopter and marine logistics, including roles with BIH and CHC Helicopters, and with Asco, subsequently moving into the role of Senior Logistics Manager within the oil & gas and construction sectors, including roles with Petrofac, Dubai Petroleum & Ras Al Khaimah Petroleum. Located primarily in the UK, Chris also spent five years of her career in the Middle East.

      Prior to joining Aberdeen Harbour, Chris headed up Project Services for Petrofac on the Laggan Tormore Project, based in the north of Shetland.

      Chris joined Aberdeen Harbour Executive in April 2013 as External Relations Manager and is an Executive Member of the Board.

    • Dr Deborah O’Neil
    • Chief executive and scientific officer - NovaBiotics Ltd
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      Dr Deborah O’Neil Chief executive and scientific officer - NovaBiotics Ltd

      A biotechnologist with two decades of experience in the field of anti-infectives research & drug development, Deborah studied immunology at University College London before working in internationally acclaimed laboratories in San Diego and Ghent.

      Moving to Aberdeen in 2004, she founded NovaBiotics and has grown the business, as Chief Executive & Scientific Officer, into a leading global biotechnology company.

      Deborah is editor of the European Biopharmaceutical Review and International Pharmaceutical Technology, a member of the Scottish Life Science Industry Leadership Group and sits on the Advisory Board of the Scottish Life Sciences Association as well as a member of the Life Sciences Board of ONE and a proud Trustee of Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association.

    • Derren McRae
    • Managing director, CBRE Ltd
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      Derren McRae Managing director, CBRE Ltd

      Derren joined commercial property advisers CBRE in July 2009 and was appointed MD of the Aberdeen office in 2012.

      Educated at University of Aberdeen, Derren originally joined FG Burnett as a graduate then spent 7 years working in Glasgow with Culverwell before returning to Aberdeen to take up his current position. 

      Derren is also a director of Aberdeen Inspired and is looking forward to explore initiatives to promote the positive aspects of the area to help encourage future investment.

    • Mike Brown
    • Manatial Ltd
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      Mike Brown Manatial Ltd

      A founding partner of Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP, a top 30 UK accountancy firm, Mike specialised in finance and M&A work, heading the corporate finance team which completed over 500 transactions valued at over £4.5bn.

      He retired in March 2017 and is now a business consultant, advising boards and partners in professional firms on business strategy, experience which he hopes will help AGCC deliver its strategic plan 2017-2021.

    • Amanda McCulloch
    • Thorpe Molloy
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      Amanda McCulloch Thorpe Molloy

      A graduate of Stirling University, Amanda has spent her working life in Aberdeen. An ardent champion of the North-east, she specialises in executive selection and is the leading authority on financial resourcing, having worked exclusively on the appointment of finance professionals for 20 years.

      Amanda was appointed managing director of Thorpe Molloy Recruitment in 2009.

    • Spencer Buchan
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      Spencer Buchan

      A native Aberdonian, Spencer has worked to build AVC into a global operating media entity, originally from an SME to a now integrated PLC backed business.  Under his guidance, the organisation has diversified into new digital technologies and wider sectors as a global provider of media services.” Spencer’s vision for the Chamber is to continue to support a fully inclusive member scheme ensuring broad representation and support to the regions diverse businesses across all sectors, adding his knowledge and expertise to advise on enhancements to current and future Chamber initiatives.



    • Simpson Buglass
    • Savills
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      Simpson Buglass Savills

      Simpson is a Director and Head of the Aberdeen Office at Savills. As well as his role on the Council, he is Honorary Consul for the Republic of Estonia and a member of the RICS Dispute Resolution Panel.

    • Belinda Miller
    • Aberdeenshire Council
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      Belinda Miller Aberdeenshire Council

      Belinda Miller is the Head of Service for Economic Development at Aberdeenshire Council. She is responsible for delivering the conditions for economic growth in line with the Council's economic strategy.

      Prior to joining Aberdeenshire Council, Belinda was a Specialist Advisor for Renewable Energy with UK Trade and Investment, and Head of Economic and Environmental Sustainability for Aberdeen City Council. She has a background in energy, climate change and sustainable development. Belinda has also represented Scotland and the North East of Scotland on a range of national and international groups and events and has led a number oil and gas trade missions.

    • Tim Smith
    • BP Plc
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      Tim Smith BP Plc

      Tim graduated as a Geology and Mining Engineering and now has over 25 years oil and gas industry experience. In 2009, he was appointed Vice President Communications and External Affairs for BP's North Sea business across the UK and Norway.

    • James Dunphy
    • Robert Gordon University
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      James Dunphy Robert Gordon University

      James Dunphy is responsible for widening participation, links with colleges and study support at Robert Gordon University (RGU). He is a member of the Scottish Funding Council’s Access and Inclusion Committee and has an interest in skills utilisation.

    • John Michie
    • Charles Michie Pharmacy Group
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      John Michie Charles Michie Pharmacy Group

      John has been a Chamber Council member for over 25 years – He is a partner in the long-established Charles Michie Retail Pharmacy Group (with 5 branches in the Shire); Chairman of IFB - Internet For Business ltd and Country Ways. He is a strong supporter of diversification and continues to believe passionately in the Step Change role that the development of the Denburn Valley could play in rejuvenating our City Centre, making the heart of our City walkable and a must visit venue for visitors.

    • Rab Dickson
    • Nestrans
    • Jennifer Stanning
    • Oil & Gas UK
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      Jennifer Stanning Oil & Gas UK

      Based in Oil & Gas UK’s Aberdeen office for four years, Jenny manages Oil & Gas UK’s stakeholder and political relationships across all parties and at all levels in Westminster, Holyrood and Europe and in local authorities across the UK. Jenny was previously Head of Press for the Scottish Liberal Democrats and is a member of the CIPR

    • Craig Stevenson
    • Bon Accord & St Nicholas Shopping Centre
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      Craig Stevenson Bon Accord & St Nicholas Shopping Centre

      Craig is Centre Manager for Bon Accord & St Nicholas Shopping Centre having had extensive retail experience as Store Manager of Bhs, House of Fraser and latterly Debenhams, where he won the Scottish Retail Award for Store Manager of the Year 2010.

    • Colin Campbell
    • Langstane Press
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      Colin Campbell Langstane Press

      Born in Aberdeen and educated at Aberdeen Grammar School, Colin followed his father into the family business Langstane Press and became Managing Director in 1987. Langstane have since developed beyond Aberdeen and are the largest company of their kind in Scotland. He is a Burgess of the City of Aberdeen, a Past President of the Rotary Club of Aberdeen, a Past President of the Aberdeen Association of Royal Warrant Holders and a Liveryman of The Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers in London.

    • Eileen McBay
    • Eastern Airways
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      Eileen McBay Eastern Airways

      Eileen, an Aberdonian educated at Albyn School Girls, has worked in the Oil & Gas industry and in the hospitality industry as a Sales Manager for Holiday Inn Bucksburn and local hotelier Stewart Spence.

      She then pursued a career in the Airline industry, working with Gill Airways before moving to North East England where she worked as Business Development/Account Manager for over 6 years with Air France and Air France KLM, before joining Eastern Airways in 2008.

      Eileen is a member of the Burgess of Guild and an Associate Member of Institute of Marketing.

    • Tom Sanders
    • EY
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      Tom Sanders EY

      Tom is an experienced audit manager with EY Aberdeen. In addition to his role, he co-leads the Connecting Emerging Leaders (CEL) Programme, a development and networking group for future leaders. With this unique perspective, Tom will bring diversity to the policy council and will represent the views of the next generation. Tom is also passionate about promoting the region as a vibrant and dynamic area, and looks forward to getting more involved with his role on the Policy Council.

    • Jane Spiers
    • Aberdeen Performing Arts
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      Jane Spiers Aberdeen Performing Arts

      Jane is Chief Executive of Aberdeen Performing Arts, responsible for three of Aberdeen’s city centre venues, His Majesty’s Theatre; the Music Hall; and The Lemon Tree. 

      She is also leading the redevelopment of the Music Hall. 

      Prior to that, she was Chief Executive of Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre.

      She was project champion for the redevelopment of the Tolbooth, Stirling’s Centre for Music and the Arts.

      She is an experienced programmer, producer, festivals and events manager. She is currently on the board of Sound and the Beacon Arts Centre. 

    • Bob Keiller
    • Director- AB15 Ltd
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      Bob Keiller Director- AB15 Ltd

      Bob Keiller was appointed Chairman of Scottish Enterprise in January 2016.

      Previously he was CEO of Wood Group, a company with $7bn (USD) sales, over 40,000 employees, and operations in more than 50 countries.

      Bob completed the $1bn sale of PSN to Wood Group in April 2011. He was responsible for the creation of PSN by manufacturing a $280m management buyout from Halliburton in 2006.

      Bob has a Master of Engineering degree from Heriot-Watt University and is a chartered engineer. He was previously Chairman of the Offshore Contracting Association (OCA) and co-chair of the cross-industry trade body Oil and Gas UK.

      Bob is former Chairman of the Entrepreneurial Exchange. Awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and 2008, he was also named Scottish Businessman of the Year in 2007 and Grampian Industrialist of the Year in 2008. In 2011 Bob was voted “Scottish Male Business Leader of the Year” at the Scottish Leadership awards.

      Alongside his non-executive role in Scottish Enterprise, Bob is providing mentoring and support for ambitious business leaders and Social Enterprises. He also has a busy calendar of public speaking engagements.

      He has delivered countless pitches, presentations and talks – winning many contracts and raising lots of business funding. He also claims to have made nearly every mistake possible but is still adding more to the list and often shares his learning in this area with aspiring business leaders.

      Bob is married with three children and lives in Aberdeen.

    • Nat Anderson
    • Opportunity North East
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      Nat Anderson Opportunity North East

      Senior marketing & communications manager, Opportunity North East (ONE)

      Nat is the marketing and communications lead for Opportunity North East (ONE), the private sector led and funded economic development body for North East Scotland. ONE was established at the end of 2015 to strengthen and diversify the region’s economy to achieve a long term economic renaissance.

      His career in communications began in journalism, latterly as a news reporter with the Press and Journal. He moved into public relations in 2001 and has held senior consultancy and in-house roles in the public and private sectors in Aberdeen, Inverness and London.

    • Maggie Bochel
    • Aurora Planning
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      Maggie Bochel Aurora Planning

      Maggie is the director of Aurora Planning Limited, a specialist town and country planning consultancy providing advice to individuals and public and private sector clients across Scotland. 

      Prior to establishing Aurora Planning, Maggie was head of planning and sustainable development at Aberdeen City Council, responsible for planning, transportation, environmental and other related services. In that capacity she represented the Council and the region on a number of national planning and transport policy groups. Currently, she is the vice chair of Nestrans, the regional transport partnership for the North-east of Scotland, a Board member of Grampian Housing Association and represents Scotland on the British Camber of Commerce expert planning panel.

    • Steve Alexander
    • SFF Services Ltd
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      Steve Alexander SFF Services Ltd

      A passionate Aberdonian, Steven has shown his commitment to the region with more than 20 years’ service with the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation/SFF Services.  Steven is currently managing director of SFF Services Limited.

    • Graeme Ross
    • Aberdein Considine
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      Graeme Ross Aberdein Considine

      Graeme joined Aberdien Considine as Business Development Director from accountancy firm Anderson, Anderson and Brown LLP where he led the business development function for five years. 

      Based out of the firm’s head office in Aberdeen, he has spent over 20 years working in the financial and professional services sectors, having previously carried out a business development role in the Commercial Banking team at The Royal Bank of Scotland.

    • Allan McEwan
    • CityFibre
    • Joanna Fraser
    • Macphie Ltd
    • Jamie Wishart
    • John Lewis
    • Dr Liz Rattray
    • University of Aberdeen
    • Emma White
    • Equinor
    • Jamie Coventry
    • Aberdeen City Council
    • Jill Walker
    • Anderson, Anderson & Brown
    • Moray Barber
    • KPMG
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      Moray Barber KPMG

      Moray is a partner at professional services firm KPMG.

      His clients operate across a diverse range of sectors but the majority are based in the North-east and involved in the oilfield services sector.

      Based in Aberdeen, Moray leads KPMG’s tax offering to privately owned businesses across Scotland.

      He works with entrepreneurs and a wide range of privately owned businesses across Scotland, providing a mix of tax structuring, general tax advisory and international tax advice to his clients. M&A experience includes both Private Equity and general corporate tax work.

      Moray studied law at the University of Aberdeen and has worked within the Big 4 professional services firms since graduating. He is a Burgess of the city of Aberdeen, chair of Castlegate Arts (which operates the Aberdeen Arts Centre) and he is passionate about championing the North-east of Scotland as a place to live and work.

    • David Millar
    • OGTC
    • Moira Gordon
    • FG Burnett
    • Laurie Scott
    • Visit Aberdeenshire
    • Findlay Anderson
    • Baker Hughes
    • Frank Whitaker
    • Park Inn by Radisson
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      Frank Whitaker Park Inn by Radisson

      Frank has worked in hospitality since the age of 16, experiencing just about every role the industry has to offer. Currently, general manager of the Park Inn by Radisson; Frank is also vice chair of the Aberdeen City & Shire Hotels Association, a UK Hospitality Scotland Committee member, and director of Aberdeen Inspired, the city centre BID.

      Frank actively lobbies on non-domestic rates, tourism levy, the potential impact of the Government’s Skills Based Immigration White Paper, and engages with both Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council on NDR, tourism levy and the City’s Local Development Plan.

      Park Inn by Radisson Aberdeen and Harlaw Academy have a Strategic Partnership in conjunction with DYW North East.