Inverness Chamber's Board of Directors are all elected by the members, so the organisation is truly democratic and responsive to members' needs.
Ross Thomson - President
Ross Thomson is a solicitor with Harper Macleod LLP, based at Cradlehall Business Park, Inverness. Ross has been a partner with Harper Macleod since April 2009 and moved to the Highlands when the Firm opened its Inverness office in 2004. Ross acts for a broad spectrum of businesses and organisations across the Highlands & Islands and Moray, specialising in commercial property, banking and property dispute resolution work. Harper Macleod LLP is a full service commercial law firm with offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as Inverness & Thurso.
Liam Christie is the General Sales Manager with Macrae and Dick Jaguar, Inverness, and a Director of North Highland Events and Promotions Ltd. Liam has 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
Sharon joined Bank of Scotland as a business relationship manager in 2001 after building a background of experience in procurement, sales and personnel management within the oil industry at Ardersier and Nigg Bay Oil yards. In BOS Sharon has progressed her career in various managerial roles in the Commercial Division, leading top performing teams whilst being the key Commercial contact locally, improving relations and confidence within the local business community in the support of businesses across our area as they develop and grow. This is her second term as Board Director of the Inverness Chamber of Commerce, over the last three years it has been a great opportunity for Sharon to further her support for local businesses.
Elaine was a fund manager with Scottish Amicable Investment Managers in Glasgow before relocating to Inverness. She opened the Inverness office for Brewin Dolphin in 1999 and spent a total of nearly 15 years there, the past nine of these as a Divisional Director and Head of Office. Brewin Dolphin closed the Inverness office in September 2013 and following six months of ‘garden leave’ Elaine has joined Investec Wealth and Investment as a Senior Investment Director with responsibility for growing the company's presence in the Inverness area and manages portfolios for individuals, trusts, charities and pension funds. Elaine previously served on the Chamber board and is now delighted to be back and once more looking forward to contributing to the continuing success of Inverness Chamber of Commerce.
William is a stockbroker and investment manager with Redmayne Bentley. He has operated this franchise (covering the Highland and Islands) for the last 12 years. Prior to working in financial services he worked in a family farming business. William has over 20 years’ experience as a Board member of a family commercial property company based in Glasgow. During William’s career he has provided his time, knowledge and experience to the voluntary sector, and is looking forward to supporting the growth of the Inverness Chamber.
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.