Staff

Board Members

Tom Armstrong 

President: Tom Armstrong

TSB Bank

Tom has been the Bank Manager of TSB in Dumfries for the last 25 years.

Tom is Chair of the Prince"s Trust Youth Business Scotland for Dumfries and Galloway.

Tom is also a business mentor to 3 businesses supported by the Trust.    

(Board Member since Jan 2014, President Feb 2017)

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Vice President: Dayne Boyd

Director of The Boyd Group, the largest Dumfries based family run Health and Safety group.

Providing bespoke Health and Safety management, consultancy, training and associated safety supplies to companies worldwide. Within The Boyd Group, Dayne overseas the day to day operations of Boyd Fire, and has become a market leader within the fire safety industry supplying and maintaining fire extinguishers for some of the largest blue chip companies and institutes within the U.K. The Boyd Group reputation has enabled Dayne to be a go to contractor for some of the most senior Directors in the country taking the pressure off of their Health and Safety commitments.

Dayne Joined the family company in 2006 and became a Director in 2012.

(Board Member since January 2014, Vice President Feb. 2017)  

 

 

 

 

Board Members

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Ronnie Bradford - Brookford B&B

Proprietor of Brookford B & B, previously Marketing Officer for Glenkens Community and Arts Trust and The CatStrand Community, Arts and Visitor Centre in New Galloway preceded by 4 years as a Director and co-founder of Tourism Doctor Limited, one of the region's most successful online marketing solutions providers to the tourism industry. Ronnie acts as a Business Mentor with the Scottish Chambers Business Mentoring Service. www.brookfordbandb.co.uk

   
 

 

 Sue Irving DAGCAS Chief Executive

Sue Irving - DAGCAS

Sue is Chief Executive of Dumfries & Galloway Citizens Advice Service and has been working in the third sector for over 25 years. She has a long track record in providing services for vulnerable and disadvantaged people and worked for many years with people affected by homelessness, substance misuse and mental health issues. Sue is a Trustee of Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway, Chair of the Board of Homeless Action Scotland and a Trustee of Langholm Town Band. Sue is also Director of her own training and consultancy company. (Appointed February 2015). https://dagcas.org/
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Graham Keir - Boots

Store Manager and Pharmacist with Boots.  After completing his Pharmacy degree and training, Graham worked for an independent pharmacy in the east end of Glasgow for eight years before taking the opportunity to live and work in Dumfries & Galloway.  Graham has held various store and field roles with Boots since moving to the area in 2006 and has been store manager at High Street, Dumfries, their largest branch in the area, since 2010. www.boots.com (Co-opted April 2013, confirmed Jan 14)

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Caroline Robertson 

Caroline started her career in the Royal Bank of Scotland in 1979 and worked her way up from Branch Assistant in Ayton to Branch Manager in Comrie. In 2002 she joined VisitScotland as a Quality Advisor, to carry out Quality Assurance assessments of B&B, Small Hotels, Self-Catering and Holiday Parks throughout Scotland. In 2004 she was seconded for a year as Area Project Manager delivering the Farm Business Development Scheme (FBDS) for SEERAD. In 2005 she moved to Dumfries to undertake the role of Industry Relationship Manager. Her role is to act as the Industry Ambassador for VisitScotland and to be the main point of contact for Industry participants/stakeholders. (Appointed February 2015).
   
 

Andrea Thompson - CN Magazines 

A director of DG Chamber of Commerce, Andrea is a double-award- winning advisor with Young Enterprise Scotland, and is involved with and supports numerous local organisations in a voluntary capacity, for which she was recognised by MSP Oliver Mundell, who named her his Local Hero last year

Andrea is the award-winning editor of the multi award-winning Dumfries & Galloway Life (current Scottish Magazine of the Year).
A journalist for more than 20 years, she is also a presenter with the Dumfries-based volunteer-run community radio station, Alive 107.3, and has also broadcast for television.


Andrea is passionate about the arts and is proud to be a member of the board of Scotland’s longest-running performing arts festival: the flagship Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival.
She is an active member of The Theatre Royal Guild of Players, as a performer, in PR and having also a served year on the Guild Council.

Douglas Russell - Armstrong Watson

Douglas joined Armstrong Watson in January 2012 to take up an Office Leadership role while also focussing on the Audit, Corporate and Professional Practices sectors in Dumfries office while also developing further new client business in the region.

He had previously worked at Partner level in Edinburgh with Scott & Paterson and Baker Tilly so all in he has 31 years of experience in the profession, typically working with owner managed Family businesses.

Within Armstrong Watson he also leads the Valuations faculty within AW, and works closely with Karen Thomson and her team in overseeing our Payroll Service Line. I have recently assisting as part of the AW Leadership Team, chaired by Paul Dickson.

After a career mainly in Edinburgh, Douglas is now enjoying a different experience living and working in Dumfries and being part of a more rural area.

 

 

Meet the Staff

 The Main Chamber office is located at Eskdale House, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries DG1 4UQ, We also have an office located at 15 Hanover Street, Stranraer.

 Brian Richardson

Brian Richardson

Chief Executive

Brian joined the Chamber as CEO on 1st january 2015.  He is a highly experienced Economic Regeneration, Marketing and Business Development consultant with wide ranging experience in the green and renewables markets.  His particular interests include community based economic regeneration, business growth, social enterprise and start up enterprise.  He has worked for Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, and was Director of Group Marketing for Eaga Plc for 12 years responsible for marketing, sales, government affairs and public relations.  He was also a Senior Consultant with PA Cambridge Economic Consultants.

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Lee M Medd

Business Development Manager

Lee is a well known face and voice around the Dumfries & Galloway. Since entering the workplace in 1996 he has gained a wealth of experience with some of the countries best known companies including Woolworths, Safeway Stores, Morrisons Supermarkets, H.Samuel & Poundland. With a strong training and development background Lee has always pushed boundaries to help people develop and unleash the potential within those he works with.

Since 2011 Lee has been involved with the award winning community radio station hosting Sports, Arts & News shows as well as the 'Medd in the Morning' breakfast show for the past 2 years. He is a keen supporter of local events and groups including Electric Theatre Workshop, Big Burns Supper, Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival and Stranraer R.N.L.I Parkfest.

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Yvonne Smith

Administrator

Yvonne has a wide range of administative and financial skills and provides the administrative and financial support for the Chamber and Destination Dumfries & Galloway. Yvonne works three days a week (Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays).

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 DYW Team

Tricia Hunter

Project Manager Developing the Young Workforce Dumfries & Galloway

Tricia Hunter joined the DYW D&G team in July 2017 and is delighted at the opportunity given where she wishes to bring her specialist professional experience, passion and enthusiasm to the role.

Tricia’s career spans more than 27+ years within vocational training and recruitment across Dumfries and Galloway region and further afield. 

She was a founder and Director of the award winning company Minerva People till 2016 and a qualified Chartered Manager and fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.  Having been involved in developing the young workforce of Dumfries and Galloway since 1990 Tricia has worked closely with all – young people, employers, educators and various stakeholders. 

Having set-up, run and grown her own business for 17 years she understands the commitment required by employers within a rural area to offering meaningful work placements, supporting the training and development of people, including staff, to enhance career progression for all.

Tricia has developed herself vocationally over the years, undertaken qualifications but also gained a great amount of wide-ranging experience through work and volunteering eg held various positions on many committees and boards locally, regionally and nationally and was President of Girl Guiding Dumfriesshire for 12 years. 

She has a real passion for motivating and developing people and welcomes the challenges and opportunities this role brings.  She aims to help Dumfries and Galloway employers to showcase the numerous career paths and occupations that our diverse businesses could offer and to inspire and encourage our young people to take them up

 

Senga Greenwood

Developing the Young Workforce 

Born and bred in Dumfries and Galloway, Senga started working life as a PE teacher at Annan and Lockerbie Academies. Senga has always had a passion for sport and working with young people!  She then emigrated to Australia, left teaching and spent over 20 years working in the commercial world of International hotel sales and marketing. Senga brings with her a strength in those business disciplines.

Senga has recently returned to live in D & G with her family, and is loving re-exploring this wonderful, diverse region.

When the opportunity came up to work on the DYW Programme, it was perceived as the ‘best of the both worlds’ : working through Employers and Industry to help young people in their careers and world of work. “We have a commited, spirited team here within DYW and I very much looking forward to setting up mutually beneficial relationships with Education

 

Justin Thomas

Developing the Young Workforce 

Justin Thomas joined our DYW service with over 18 years varied experience in the private sector working in Glasgow, London, Brighton and then a further 6 years service in the public sector within the DWP as well as working with a Social Enterprise charity project in Manchester setting up employment, work experience, community and volunteer projects with industry and so has a unique perspective and understanding of various sectors.

“I am very proud that our DG Chamber DYW project has a ‘business led’ approach.  Companies in all sectors (many for the first time)  have been asked by us simply  – “What do you want to do?”  This has given industries the opportunity to really address the acknowledged issue of its future workforce in a way that suits them.  And this is what DYW stands for – Developing the Young Workforce.

It’s incredibly important that our regions young people feel confident and supported when facing their futures.  They need to understand that if they don’t want to or can’t leave the region to pursue an educational career after school, than that is absolutely fantastic!  There are plenty of superb businesses and good careers to be had right here – they can have a good life, a good career, prospects and a good wage,  without feeling they need to move away.  And this is the key.  If we as businesses reach out to our young people, allow them to work with us and discover what the region can offer.  It’s been genuinely fantastic putting together this project, meeting businesses, working on CSR projects and helping to start working with young people … and this is just the start.  As we move forward, I am excited as what lies ahead.  Why not give us a call and get involved?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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