Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce is looking for applications to join both its Board and Policy Council.

Chief executive Russell Borthwick said: "Right now, and for the last few months, our UK network of Chambers has been at the forefront of providing support to businesses struggling to survive, adapt, and to make the best decisions for themselves and their people, under extraordinary circumstances. Our direct line in to government at all levels has led directly to some of the headline policy announcements and subsequent revisions to reflect what our business communities are telling us.

"As we head into an uncertain post-COVID world, this will present opportunities but also existential challenges for businesses in the region.

"We are currently seeking nominations for Policy Council members, people who are as passionate about our aims as we are and who are keen to actively help us to deliver them."

The Chamber aims to create the buoyant, diversified regional economy that will enable its more than 1,100 member organisations, and the 125,000+ people employed by them, to be more successful and prosperous. It works across all sectors and with a range of organisations from sole traders to multinational corporations. These members join the Chamber to make their own companies stronger while ‘putting something back’ by playing their part in making the North-east an even better place to live, study, visit, invest and do business.

As well as the core offer of policy, international trade support, training, research and intelligence, events and communications, the Chamber is also a co-author of and key partner in the delivery of the Regional Economic Strategy. We hold Board positions on Opportunity North East, Visit Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen Inspired and actively take the lead on activities such as North East Now, the Abzolutely regional narrative and Vanguard; all part of our commitment to help businesses be better today while creating the economic conditions that will enable us to realise our renaissance region vision.

2020 Election of Policy Council members

The Chamber Policy Council meets formally three times each year and helps the Chamber form its policy agenda by collating, representing and promoting business interests, views and opinions on key issues. Policy Council members can also attend invite-only roundtables with government ministers and officials and are encouraged to take part in policy surveys, support the activities of the Chamber and promote engagement across their networks through social media and other channels.

The Chamber would particularly welcome applications from members in the following sectors:

  • Digital
  • Transport
  • Renewables
  • Food, drink and agriculture
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing

It is also keen to recruit people from SMEs in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen city and those who have the ambition to be future business leaders. This is to ensure we have a range of backgrounds, experience and appropriate sectoral and geographical representation within the Policy Council.

More information and nomination forms are available here.

Non-executive Board position

The Chamber is also seeking applications from people with the right mindset and skills to join its Board.

More information is available here.