Staff

Board Members

Tom Armstrong 

President & Chief Executive: Tom Armstrong

Formerly manager of TSB in Dumfries, Tom had a long and successful career in banking before retiring in 2017.

 

Tom is currently 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 Boyd Group

Dayne joined the family business in 2008 originally known as Border Environmental Services and BEST Fire Safety. As the company grew and product range diversified Dayne came up with the concept of rebranding the company to Boyd Group allowing for further diversification and growth of major clients and contracts.

Dayne overseas the day to day running of Boyd Fire and Boyd Safety Supplies within the group and has become a go to contractor within the fire safety industry supplying and maintaining fire extinguishers and PPE for some of the largest companies within Dumfries and Galloway and throughout the U.K.

Dayne was the Dumfries and Galloway Life Magazines Young Entrepreneur of the year in 2016.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Board Members

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Ronnie Bradford - Brookford B&B

Ronnie Bradford, owner and host of Brookford B&B is passionate about the beautiful Glenkens and the surrounding area and is keen to make sure his guests experience the very best of Dumfries and Galloway. This dedication was recognised in 2017 when Brookford B&B was voted Most Hospitable B&B in Scotland by VisitScotland.


Ronnie has dedicated most of the past 2 decades championing tourism as a Director of Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce and the regional tourism organisation, VisitSouthWestScotland Cooperative Ltd. He is also registered with Mentoring Scotland as a Business Mentor specialising in IT and Tourism businesses.

   

Raymond Boyd – Boyd Group

Originally employed in the operations section of the Water and Sewerage Department for 28 years Raymond started the business of Health and Safety Consultancy in 1995 originally known as Border Environmental Services.

As the company has progressed it has expanded its services, workforce and rebranded to Boyd Group.

Raymond remains at the forefront of the company as Managing Director responsible for the day to day operation of Boyd Safety within the group and specialises in Health and Safety Management and Consultancy.

Raymond’s strategic direction and determination, has enabled him to become a driving force in Health and Safety management for Dumfries and Galloway.

Raymond was Dumfries and Galloway Life Magazines Business Person of the Year in 2016.

 

 

 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

Ruth McGowan

Ruth McGowan - Croma Vigilant

Ruth McGowan joined Croma Vigilant in 2018, after being selected to head up the new front of house services division, Croma PROception.

Ruth has been involved in the business since its inception and has gained valuable start-up experience. The new business has required  a great deal of hard work and thought leadership to turn a vision into a reality. From the outset, the new division has gained considerable momentum and is now operating several new contracts. Ruth has the ultimate responsibility for operational standards and business strategy, she is now looking forward to creating a new standard in front of house services and challenging her industry to raise the bar on quality.

Ruth previously served as an operational Police Constable for 5 years and thereafter went off to fulfil a personal dream to work for Emirates Airline as a Brand Ambassador. During her time, she has gained a wealth of knowledge, particularly around the importance of the customer experience, a perfect fit for her role.

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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).
   

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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.

 

With Partner level experience in Edinburgh with Scott & Paterson and Baker Tilly Douglas has 31 years of experience in the profession, typically working with owner managed Family businesses.

Within Armstrong Watson he also leads the Valuations faculty as well as overseeing the Payroll Service Line.

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

 

 

 

Paul Williamson - Croma Vigilant

Paul Williamson founded Dumfries based security business Croma Vigilant in 1997 and has remained at the forefront ever since.

The business has went from start up to a turnover of £30 million per annum and employs 1200 staff across the UK. Previous to coming into the world of business Paul served with the Black Watch regiment and in his words an experience that has been invaluable in helping create the Croma Vigilant of today.

Paul has a degree in environmental management and is about to embark on another Msc in security and risk management.

Paul is currently Business Person of the Year for both Dumfries & Galloway Life Magazine and DGChamber. 

 

 

Meet the Staff

The Main Chamber office is located at Eskdale House, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries DG1 4UQ.

 

 

 

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Lee M Medd

Membership Services Manager

Lee Medd is DGChamber’s Membership services Manager.

He joined DGChamber in May 2015 following 19 years in retail training, management and development with high street names including Woolworths, Morrisons, Sports Direct and H.Samuel.

He is well known across the region through his appearances on local radio stations WestSound and Alive 107.3 in addition to hosting various live events including the DGBusiness Awards, Stranraer RNLI ParkFest and a number of events for DG ARTS FESTIVAL.

Away from his work with DGChamber Lee sits on the board of Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival.

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Louise Donoghue

Administrator

Louise started her administration career at the age of 16 after leaving school and completing her Business and Administration Level 3 apprenticeship with Dumfries and Galloway Council. After completing her qualification with 3 years’ experience she then gained employment in recruitment as a recruitment administrator at Driver Hire Dumfries where she remained for over a year until joining DGChamber.

Louise has a wide range of administrative and financial skills and provides the administrative and financial support within all DGChamber's brands - DGChamber, DYWDG and SOSlep.

Louise joined DGChamber in September 2018.

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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. 

 

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 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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