Chamber of Commerce Board Restructuring for the Future


15th November 2013

Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce President, Jim Pickett is stepping down as President and as a Director at the end of this year.

As the longest serving Director on the Board, having served almost six years, Mr Pickett submitted his resignation at the recent Board meeting.  He described his ‘enormous source of satisfaction’ at watching the Chamber grow, from tentative beginnings and just thirty members back in 2007, to where it is now with around 450 members collectively employing 35,000 people.

Mr Pickett said, “As 2014 approaches and Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce starts work on its business strategy for the next three years, I feel the time is right for me to pass the baton on to others to take the Chamber through the next phase of development. I have therefore decided to retire as President at the end of this year.   

“Our two new Vice Presidents, Alison Henderson of My Pinkie Promise based in Dundee and David Valentine of Valentine International Business Connections, based in Angus, will steer the Chamber until the Board of Directors nominate a new President.  I wish them and all Chamber members all the best for the future.”

Vice-President, Alison Henderson paid tribute to Mr Pickett’s hard work on behalf of the Chamber, representing the business sector locally and nationally at every opportunity.

She said, “The Board of Directors thank Jim for the strong contribution he has made at strategic level and we look forward to building on the foundations that he helped establish.  We wish Jim well for the future, and continued success for his businesses.”

She added, “The Board will be co-opting three new directors from our membership early next year to strengthen capacity and help develop ambitious plans for the future. 

“The regeneration of the waterfront offers an explosion of opportunities for the region over the next few years and, with our new chief executive Sandra Burke at the helm,  Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to ensure a stronger voice and influence for business in the local economy.”

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