2020 Election of Policy Council members

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce is the North-east’s leading business membership organisation and the largest Chamber in Scotland.

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.

This is where you might come in. 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.

Our aim is to create the buoyant, diversified regional economy that will enable our more than 1,100 member organisations, and the 125,000+ people employed by them to be more successful and prosperous. We work 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 our 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.

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.

We would particularly welcome applications from members in the following sectors:

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

We are 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.

Who are we looking for? We want to hear from doers, not talkers. Great team players and communicators. Well networked folk with energy, passion, ideas, the ability to positively influence and who won’t take ‘no’ or ‘can’t’ for an answer.

As a privately funded, not-for-profit organisation these roles are, of course, unpaid but offer the opportunity to make a real difference, enhance personal development and provide great networking opportunities.

Existing members of the Policy Council are listed on our website.

Any employee from a current member organisation may be put forward for election to the Policy Council by a colleague - or it’s ok to self-nominate too!

To find out what’s involved, download the FAQs and the Chamber’s aims and objectives below. To apply or nominate, please complete the form, including a 50-word pitch to include on the ballot paper. Print, sign and send a scanned copy by e-mail to policy@agcc.co.uk. Also include a high-resolution headshot of yourself in the style of those on our website.

The closing date for the receipt of nominations is 5pm on Friday July 24.

Voting opens on August 3 and will close at 4pm on Friday August 21.

Successful candidates will be notified in advance of the AGM and invited to attend, which is being held on Wednesday September 2 at 4pm. New appointments will be ratified at this meeting.

Supporting information and nomination form