Glasgow & West of Scotland Committee
Chairman: David Hoey, Employment Law Partner, bto solicitors
Welcome to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch of the IoD.
With a membership in excess of 570 and growing we represent around a third of all the IoD members in Scotland. We are a broad region with members from the West Coast to Harthill, and down to Dumfries and Galloway.
Our Committee of 15 works hard to bring great local events to our members, as well as being a go-to point for contacts and advice, on anything IoD related. Our events this year have included Influencers’ Dinners with leading business figures, workshops and seminars on a broad range of issues from reputation management to outstanding leadership, and we regularly hold social events such as whisky matched dinners and networking receptions. Our flagship event is the annual Christmas reception where our members join with us in fundraising for our chosen charity. You’ll find details of all these events and future events on the IoD Scotland website and in your monthly IoD Scotland newsletters as well as the specific invites we send you.
Our members tell us that coming to events and engaging with other members is how they maximise the benefits from their membership, and we would agree. IoD is a fantastic national organisation and network, but you can’t beat local knowledge and local connections to help your business thrive. We are fortunate to have the stunning 200SVS as our Glasgow Hub – available for use by members and guests, with free wifi and a free coffee for each member. Meeting space and conference rooms are available to hire at a discount.
On a final note, if there’s anything my Committee or I can do to support you or your business, please do not hesitate to be in touch. We welcome feedback on what we do and how we do it. And, if you’re interested in getting more involved, we occasionally recruit new Committee members when spaces become available, so let me know if that’s of interest.
We’re here to support you to maximise the benefit of your IoD membership, so don’t be a stranger – we’d love to hear from you.
IoD Glasgow and West of Scotland
April is a founder and Head of Corporate at commercial law firm, Bellwether Green. April’s team deal primarily with acquisition and sale, investment, recovery and commercial contracts for public and private companies. April regularly delivers continuing professional development training to fellow solicitors and speaks on a variety of business topics to wider audiences.
Robbie is Group Finance Director for the David MacBrayne Group, a multiple award winning transport business with revenue of £150m and 1,400 employees, with responsibility for Finance, Information Systems, and Programmes and a member of the Scottish Government’s Information Systems Investment Board, the SCDI Committee (Highland and Islands), ICAS and the IOD.
A member of IoD for over 10 years, Chris is a Sole Trader currently working mainly within the Aquaculture industry. Coming from a Management background, amongst high-risk activities he enjoys creating and delivering diverse training packages, such as ‘over water risk analysis’, general boat handling, forklift operations, and power boating on dark stormy nights!
David is an Employment Law Partner at bto solicitors. David helps a variety of organisations, from large companies, educational institutions, SMEs to senior directors and executives manage risk and deal with employment law and HR issues. He is also Visiting Professor of Employment Law at Strathclyde University.
Helen Livingston is Managing Director of brand positioning, marketing and advertising agency Branding Boutique based in Glasgow working with some of the UK’s well-known brands as Bacardi, Harry Ramsden’s, Hilton and Welcome Break. Helen and her team are brand communication specialists working with clients of all sizes on their brand, positioning, communications, reputation management, communication and engagements strategies both on and offline.
Brian is the Managing Director of Caltona. He is a Senior Executive with over 20 years’ experience in leading the growth of shareholder value through start up, transformation and turnaround both as an Advisor and as a CEO in the products and services sectors.
Linda is Executive Director, Business Networks & Communications at Scottish Enterprise with responsibility for international and domestic marketing and communications; international networks (GlobalScots and TalentScotland); parliamentary engagement (Edinburgh, Westminster and Brussels) and stakeholder relationships. Linda holds a variety of NXD Board positions, is a visiting Tutor to Leadership Trust and a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire.
Tony McElroy is head of Government Relations for TESCO PLC in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Before this role, he led Tesco’s Regional PR team in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England. Prior to Tesco he was head of media in Scotland for the Labour Party; and has also worked in consultancy, advising clients on communications in a range of sectors from across the Scottish economy. Tony is vice chair of the Scottish Retail Consortium. He is a board member of Impact Arts – Scotland’s leading community arts social enterprise.
Sharon is Managing Director of Loop PR, a dynamic public relations consultancy offering a fresh and innovative approach to communication. Sharon served on the Scottish Committee of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and was responsible for establishing the first educational workshops for practitioners. She runs the events programme for IoD Glasgow and West of Scotland.
Having worked for Forte Hotels, IHG and now currently General Manager of the award winning Crowne Plaza Glasgow, Dominic is also past Chairman of the GGHA and a past board member of the GCMB. Dominic is very active in helping to promote Glasgow for National and International conferences.
As Head of Business Development and Sales at UKFM Group, Remo is a a highly commercial aware individual with a wealth of cross-sector experience having acted as a lead advisor for a corporate financier over 9 years. An active member of the IoD committee, Remo also enjoys social rugby when his wife and two young daughters allow.
Elly is the Director of Development at the National Theatre of Scotland, leading an award-winning team who inspire companies, individuals, trusts and foundations by creating unforgettable theatre for the people of Scotland and beyond. Elly has over 15 years of experience in fundraising, communications, PR and events management across the cultural, educational and third sectors.
Gordon is a Director of Wealth & Investment Management at Barclays, managing the team across Scotland and Northern Ireland working with High Net Worth Private Clients, their families and their trusts and foundations. A Chartered Banker and Chartered Financial Planner he has worked in financial services for over 20 years.