Inverness Chamber's Board of Directors are all elected by the members, so the organisation is truly democratic and responsive to members' needs.
Liam Christie - President
Liam Christie is a Director of North Highland Events and Promotions Ltd with over 20 years' experience in Commercial Sales holding various positions as a Senior Commercial Manager and Director within Financial Services and Retail industries. Liam is heavily involved in local community fund raising and also hosts a radio programme on www.northhighlandradio.co.uk
Mhairi is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. She relocated to the Highlands three years ago, having trained and worked in Glasgow for many years. Mhairi has a broad range of experience, both in audit and accountancy, working primarily with small and medium sized companies and has clients throughout the Highlands and Islands. She has been involved in many types of businesses from construction and engineering to nursing homes and football teams. In particular, Mhairi enjoys dealing with the many and varied taxation issues that face clients and the challenges that corporate finance work can present. When not working, Mhairi enjoys walking and plays clarinet with the Highland Chamber Orchestra.
Michael was brought up in Edinburgh, and studied Philosophy at St Andrews University before moving to the Highlands in 1995. He began working for JBT Ltd, a Scottish-focused road haulage and distribution company, in 1996, as Inverness Assistant Manager and completed an MBA at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, via distance learning, in 2001. He has been a Director of JBT Distribution Ltd since 2005, and was part of the management buy-out in 2010. Michael is also a Shareholder Director of ParcelinQ Ltd, a Highlands-based parcel delivery company.
George is an experienced Banker with over 25 years in Banking with the Clydesdale Bank with a broad experience in all aspects of Banking including Business, Retail and Private Banking. He is currently head of the Clydesdale Bank Customer Banking Centre for the Highlands and Islands leading a team of Commercial, Small Business and Private Banking Relationship Managers in all business sectors across the North of Scotland from the Shetland & Orkney Isles to Argyll & Bute, the Western Isles to Moray and more locally Inverness and surrounding areas. His focus is to build excellent working relationships where there is a high level of trust to provide clear and successful business direction, advice and solutions. Outside of work George enjoys coaching his local youth football team and has been a season ticket holder at Inverness Caledonian Thistle for the last 15 years. He is also a motorsport fan and attempts the odd round of golf whilst enjoying spending quality family time with his wife, kids and dogs.
Scott, who is originally from Inverness, has a BA (Hons) degree in Business. With over a decade of project management and business development experience, Scott is an experienced senior manager. Scott's experience ranges across public, private and third sectors, working with the highest performing businesses (local, national and international) within the area, and project managing multi-million construction projects. As commercial director, Scott is responsible for and represents the McInnes Group at public events and oversees all of the McInnes Group tender work. Scott is the customer-facing director, and his expertise lies in overseeing marketing activity, finance, contract delivery and identifying new business opportunities for the McInnes Group.
Kathryn works as Managing Director of Nevis Environmental where she focuses on scientific research and commercial expertise, and leads a multi-disciplinary team. She has founded and run her own marine bio-technology business, consulted for various small business, and has worked in knowledge exchange, creating links between businesses and all of Scotland’s universities, particularly those in the Highlands. Kathryn has been attending Chamber events for the last five years in Inverness and having seen the significant contribution it makes to local business. This is an exciting time for the growth of the City and the region and Kathryn feels that being a part of that, as a Director of the Chamber is real opportunity to lend her skills and voice to help the team achieve our aims for the members.
Andrew Stott is an associate at Ledingham Chalmers, specialising in corporate and commercial advice, and transactional work. Andrew also advises on general commercial contracts, shareholder agreements, and corporate governance matters. He believes the Highlands have built a reputation for innovation, acumen, and entrepreneurship and that Chamber has a central role in maintaining that reputation, supporting both start-ups and established organisations. Andrew believes that taking up a position on the board is a great way to use his skills and knowledge to play a part in driving things forward, and helping to make that happen while - on a personal level - deepening his involvement with the local business community.