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Institute of Directors Scotland welcomes new Chairs for the Glasgow and the Highlands and Islands branches

07 Aug 2018

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Craig Jamieson, Director at Barclays Wealth Management, has been appointed chair of the IoD Glasgow branch, while Donald Forsyth, Partner at Saffery Champness, has taken on the chairmanship for IoD Highlands and Islands.

Craig Jamieson, IoD Glasgow chairCraig Jamieson is keen to use his chairmanship to draw from talent pools not already taken advantage of in Glasgow and the West, especially those who face challenges moving into the world of work from unusual circumstances.

It's important that we look at how we can access pockets of talent that may slip through the net. By way of example; I spent years in the forces, and in my experience, those serving in the forces and their partners spend a lot of time moving around the world, taking on all manner of roles and gaining a multitude of skills. We need to be more innovative in our approach to engaging with those types of individuals, helping them in to the permanent world of work.

"I also believe we should work more closely with higher and further education establishments, ensuring businesses are better engaged with educational establishments, clearly articulating what they need from the next generations workforce, so that educators can provide the training to meet those criteria.

"While I am Chair I want to look at how we make the network more vibrant, diverse and accessible. We must leverage our fellow members. You can bet a fellow member has the answer to my current business problem, and another will have experience to share with a fellow member to help them progress.

The IoD is without doubt the best business network and member organisation out there - I have been a member for over 15 years and it has been exceptionally beneficial, so I am delighted to be chairing the Glasgow and the West branch.

Donald Forsyth, IoD Highlands and islands chairDonald Forsyth said "I'm thoroughly looking forward to taking on the position of Chair of the Highlands and Islands branch.

I'll be focusing on two main aims while I am Chair. First, I want to collaborate, not compete, with existing membership bodies such as the chambers of commerce in the north. The committee we have in the Highlands and Islands has members from Wick, Orkney, Aberlour and Lochaber, meaning we have a broad reach of experts from the various communities we serve.

"Secondly, I want to make The IoD here inclusive, with events and opportunities for all. The north of Scotland already has a huge variety of businesses across several sectors: food and drink, hospitality and tourism, oil supply chain and professional services all thrive in the area.

"The IoD has access to influential speakers from across these various sectors in Scotland, so I want to bring them to the more remote locations, building on existing networks to include a wide pool of businesses across our expansive geography."

David Watt, executive Director of IoD Scotland said "Both Craig and Donald are excellent leaders, who have proven business successes and excellent networks across their respective parts of Scotland. I am certain they will drive positive development across Glasgow and the Highlands and Islands business sectors."

Issued on behalf of the Institute of Directors in Scotland.  Contact for further comments:

Lisa Donnelly
0141 548 8222

Notes to editors

  • The Institute of Directors (IoD) was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906. The IoD is a non-party political organisation with approximately 30,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurs and directors of start-up companies. 
  • IoD in Scotland has six branches – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Tayside, Fife, Aberdeen and Highlands and Islands – Scotland events
  • The IoD is dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurial activity through good governance and responsible business practice. It provides an effective voice to represent the interests of its members to key opinion-formers at the highest levels. Follow us on Twitter to get the IoD’s reaction on business and public policy issues.
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