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Fellowships awarded to former SCDI directors

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Former directors of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, Trevor Garlick and Jack McLaren, have been awarded SCDI Fellowships in recognition of their contribution and service to the organisation.

Mr Garlick, recently retired regional president – North Sea of BP, and Jack McLaren, a partner at accountancy firm Johnston Carmichael, were presented with their Fellowship Medals at the AGM.

Brendan Dick, chairman of SCDI, and Lady Susan Rice CBE, SCDI’s President, made the presentations.

Such awards are made to individuals in recognition of their significant service to SCDI and contribution to economic development in Scotland and internationally.

Mr Garlick stepped down from the SCDI board in December following his retirement from his role at BP. He has offered huge support to SCDI’s work in the time he has been involved with the organisation.

In particular, he devoted outstanding commitment and expertise to leading the energy workstream in SCDI’s ‘Future Scotland’ programme prior to the 2014 referendum, resulting in a substantial piece of research work with evidence-base and insight.

Mr McLaren has served as finance adviser to the SCDI board for seven years, and in so doing has overseen all the aspects of SCDI’s financial operations including audit & remuneration, pensions and investments responsibilities.

This has entailed a significant amount of time and dedication for which SCDI are immensely grateful. He retires later this year from his professional life as partner with Johnston Carmichael, and he stepped down from the SCDI board at the 2016 AGM.

SCDI’s chief executive Ross Martin said: “SCDI exists to support and strengthen Scotland’s economy, a role which is built upon the insightful input of our members.

“Jack McLaren and Trevor Garlick have provided invaluable advice and support to SCDI over the many years of their involvement, both from their individual professional perspectives and also through their wider engagement in the development of our work. The SCDI Fellowship is our grateful recognition of the role which each of them have played.”

Mr McLaren commented: “It’s been a pleasure to have been on the Board and serve SCDI, working with Board colleagues and members of staff.”

Photo: L to R:  Brendan Dick – Chair, SCDI; Trevor Garlick; Lady Susan Rice – President, SCDI; Jack McLaren; Ross Martin, Chief Executive, SCDI

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