McCue takes chair at IoD Aberdeen with call for diversification

IoD AberdeenMark McCue has been appointed chairman of the Institute of Directors in Aberdeen and Grampian and reminded the region of the importance of diversifying the economy.

Mr McCue (near left), a director of Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, has been a member of the IoD Aberdeen and Grampian committee since 2012.

He is a graduate in economics and politics from the University of Aberdeen and has worked in the financial sector for 21 years.

He said: “The challenge for business leaders in this region will be to sustain the vibrancy that the local economy has enjoyed thanks to the oil and gas industry. The current, cyclical downturn in oil and gas reminds us of the importance of maintaining a diversified economy in Aberdeen and Grampian.

“The key to supporting the future is getting our local infrastructure right and it will be vital that we see engagement between business leaders and the public sector. We need to ensure that the potential of initiatives like the Aberdeen City Masterplan and the City Region Deal are realised for the benefit of all.

“I want to see the IoD Aberdeen and Grampian branch contributing strongly to the wider community and supporting economic initiatives.”

Jody Mitchell (above, far left) becomes branch secretary of the Aberdeen and Grampian branch.

David Watt, executive director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, said: “The Aberdeen City Region is the second most productive economy in the UK after central London. It is therefore a vital economic centre for the Institute of Directors.”

Mr Mitchell has been a partner at solicitors Ledingham Chalmers, since 2010.  He specialises in corporate and commercial law, advising clients across a range of industry sectors, including oil and gas services, marine and construction.  He is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen.

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