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 

 

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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Justin Thomas

Developing the Young Workforce - Dumfries & Galloway

Justin joined the Developing the Young Workforce team in June as Programme Manager for Dumfries & Galloway – West.

He comes to us with over 18 years varied experience in the private sector working in businesses in Glasgow and London and a further 6 years service in the public sector within the DWP as well as working with a Social Enterprise charity project in Manchester and so has a unique perspective and understanding of various sectors!

He started his career back in 1988, with a University holidays job in TC Farries and could also be found learning how to develop customer service skills from behind the bar in the then Dumfries town place-to-be, Christophers the pub.  Which immediately calls into question his claim that he is 28 years old.

He tells us: “I am truly delighted to return home to Dumfries and Galloway to be part of this massively exciting project and all the fantastic work that has been done.  I have already been introduced to a lot of incredibly motivated, inspiring and supportive people and I look forward to meeting and working alongside even more!  I’m also excited to involved in the development of DG Chambers forthcoming Stranraer based office.  And, after years of living in cities, I can’t wait to rediscover the region!”

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Senga Greenwood

Developing the Young Workforce - Dumfries & Galloway

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 and Industry”.

 

 

   
   
   
 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

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