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McHarg takes presidency at Glasgow Chamber

Jim McHargGlasgow Chamber of Commerce has installed Jim McHarg as president to succeed lawyer Neil Amner for a two-year term.

Mr McHarg is a qualified engineer who began his working life as an apprentice at Weir Pumps and from there held executive roles at a variety of large engineering companies. He now leads strategic HR initiatives across the Weir Group, including learning and organisational development.

His deputy for the term is Paul Little, principal and CEO at City of Glasgow College.

At its AGM, the Chamber also made two additions to its board of management, and elected five directors to its ruling council. 

The new board members are Professor Neal Juster, senior vice-principal at the University of Glasgow, and Gillian Docherty, of The Data Lab.

Stepping down from the board are past president Vic Emery and Amanda McMillan, who is leaving Glasgow Airport as CEO of AGS Group. 

The board of management now consists of Jim McHarg, Paul Little, Neal Juster, Gillian Docherty, Neil Amner, John Lewis Glasgow’s head of branch Isabella Miller, STV’s HR and communications director Suzanne Burns, and Holdfast Entertainment Group director Brian Fulton. 

The new council directors are Alan Horn, director of development at Glasgow School of Art; Steven McGowan, EMEA inside sales manager at Dell; Susan Deighan, chief operating officer at Glasgow Life; Steve Dunlop, CEO at Scottish Canals; and Mark Bowen, UK marketing director at ScottishPower.

Mr McHarg said: “I am excited to become Chamber president, and impressed by the additions to our board and ruling council.

“They join us at a time of major development for the Chamber, where we will focus on increasing our influence as a delivery and policy partner in championing Glasgow and achieving the aims and objectives of the city’s economic strategy. 

“The new board members and directors bring their wide experience as senior players with some of the city’s most important companies and organisations, to augment the expertise that we have in our existing team.

“Over the next two years I can promise that we will be continually improving the value of membership.”

Chamber chief executive Stuart Patrick said: “In Jim McHarg and Paul Little we have a highly-experienced pairing at the helm. Engineering is as important as ever to the city’s economy, and Jim has decades of experience in that sector. Paul has masterminded the creation of Glasgow’s supercollege, which has quickly become a vital part of the city’s further education offering.”

He added: “I would like to recognise the contribution made to the Chamber and to Glasgow by Vic Emery and Amanda McMillan What they have brought to both will be valued for many years.”

 



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