Millar and Doig get new roles

Millar and Doig take chairmanships at IoD

Douglas MillarAndrew DoigThe Institute of Directors Scotland has appointed two regional chairmen.

Douglas Millar, business consultancy co-owner, director and trustee, takes up the role for the Fife branch, while Andy Doig, managing director at Arthurstone Management, has taken on the chairmanship for IoD Tayside.

Mr Millar, the co-owner of Accelerating Business, a business consultancy in Dunfermline, succeeds Stephen Westwood from Stephen Westwood Consulting.

Mr Millar said: “I am thrilled to take over from Stephen, he has done some tremendous work to develop and grow the Fife branch in recent years and I realise that I have big shoes to fill – but I am looking forward to the challenge.

“Fife’s business community represents a diverse region for the IoD in terms of activities and geography where key business activities include tourism and education as well as the renewable energy sector, life sciences and engineering.”

Mr Millar is also a non-executive director of Fife local radio station, Kingdom FM, a director of College Development Network, an educational charity based in Stirling, and a trustee of a £400m pension fund in Edinburgh.

He adds: “Having a range of roles can be challenging at times but it is surprising how often the knowledge gained in one business can be used effectively and profitably in another, and it is one of the reasons why I am always keen to share best practice and learn from others.”

He is working with his colleagues on the IoD’s Fife committee to ensure that the IoD plays its part in helping to develop Fife’s young workforce, creating stronger links between schools, colleges and employers, to ensure school leavers are more ‘job ready’.

Mr Doig, who is also founder of TheInterpet, an innovative start up that serves pet owners, succeeds John Macmillan, managing partner of MacRoberts.

He brings to his role a wealth of business transition, transformation and consulting expertise, having held various management and consulting positions and serving global and multinational clients in recent years, including senior management roles at global professional services company Accenture.

He said: “This is a great time to be in business in Tayside. We have a mixed economy with some very large enterprises such as Stagecoach; world renowned universities and a thriving SME sector and working with my committee we aim to further improve our economy and to create better business by increasing the quality of the directors working here.

“We will lead a strong focus on engaging our membership on topics related to how we operate our businesses and the regional, national and global economic contexts within which we operate. We will do so by a mixture of expert led discussion, workshops and opportunities to influence key political and business leaders.

“Other focus points will be to rebalance our membership to be better represented in sectors such as manufacturing, media, and emerging technologies, and to increase our participation and reach by holding some of our discussions and meetings online.”

David Watt, Executive director of the IoD in Scotland said: “We welcome both Douglas and Andy as they come on board to grow the IoD network, to connect businesses and business leaders, and to champion best practice in the boardroom as well as drive positive development across Tayside and Fife’s business sectors.”

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