Staff & Board Members
Perthshire Chamber is ever conscious of the need never to become too Perth-centric, and Board members are selected from around the county’s rural towns and villages including Aberfeldy, Pitlochry, Kinross, Crieff and Blairgowrie to ensure that these area’s requirements remain at the top of the business agenda. Directors also represent a variety of sectors including farming, construction, retail, tourism and hospitality, finance and property.
Perthshire Chamber Chief Executive, Vicki Unite is based at the Chamber’s office at Perth Business Centre, Saltire House, 3 Whitefriars Crescent, Perth, PH2 0PA.
Tel: 01738 448325 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
T: 01738 448325
Chief Executive of Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Vicki has been in post since July 2006 and has led the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce through continuous development and growth.
Perthshire Chamber has two paid members of staff who are both full time. Vicki is supported by Kirsty Walker (Office Support and Events Coordinator) and between them they undertake the complete operational running of the Chamber which has a membership of around 400.
Vicki is originally from Perth and with her honours degree in I.T. was employed by Reuters in London and JP Morgan Chase in Glasgow prior to joining the Chamber in Perth.
T: 01250 875555
After serving as a communicator in the Royal Navy including tours during the Gulf War in 1991 and the Yugoslavia/Bosnia conflict in 1992, Ross joined his father in setting up Graham Environmental Services Ltd.
Graham Environmental Services has had continued profitable growth over the last 20 years providing a range of regulatory and compliance services including preventative and reactive pest control, fire extinguisher sales and servicing, washroom services, full kitchen deep cleaning, grease trap emptying, P.A.T. testing, woodworm and damp proofing.
Ross is a former Director and Honorary Treasurer of the British Pest Control Association. Ross is also co-owner of The Old Cross Inn & Restaurant in Blairgowrie and has a small property portfolio in East Perthshire.
T: 01738 630738
Grant has worked in affordable housing for over thirty years and Chief Executive of Perth’s Fairfield Housing Co-operative for 20 of those.
Fairfield has been involved in regeneration of the Fairfield area of Perth and most recently Muirton Park. Grant has been instrumental in Fairfield’s growth to just under 600 homes in management in Perth & Kinross, with an active programme of a further 200 new homes in the years ahead. His main areas of expertise are regeneration, construction, sustainability and business management.
T: 01887 829666
Mike is a farmer and he and his wife, Kate, own and run F.I.M.M Farming Company, F.I.M.M Potatoes, Mak Farmers and Castle Menzies Holiday Cottages at their base in Aberfeldy.
Their main activities are growing seed potatoes and breeding chickens. The potatoes are grown mainly in west Perthshire for Caithness Potatoes. Caithness Potatoes is a market leader in breeding and exporting potatoes and Mike is a Director of this Perth-based entity which supplies potatoes directly into many foreign markets with several controlled varieties. They also have a large breeding programme to create new varieties. Mak Farmers is a chicken breeding unit supplying fertilised eggs to Aviagen for export.
T: 01764 651602
Stephen Leckie, Chief Executive of Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels
Stephen has led the expansion of the company which now incorporates ten hotels, including Peebles Hydro, The Murraypark, Crieff and the Ballachulish and Isles of Glencoe on the west coast.
Passionate about tourism and hospitality, Stephen chairs The Scottish Tourism Alliance and the Government led Tourism Leadership Group, as well as being a Past President of the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce. He sits on the Crieff Succeeds Business Improvement District Board, and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Perth & Kinross.
Stephen is also a Director and joint owner of Strathearn Engineering, Land Rover specialists based in Auchterarder.
T: 01738 642040
Steven Stewart is Director of Communications with international transport group Stagecoach Group plc, which is headquartered in Perth.
Steven has been a Director of Perthshire Chamber of Commerce since 2010 and has been closely involved in the Chamber's public affairs activity. This includes campaigning on high speed broadband provision across the region and representing the Chamber in its involvement with the Perth and Kinross Green Technology Business Accelerator, a partnership initiative promoting the local potential of developments in low carbon technology and renewable energy use.
Steven is also an Ambassador for the Invest in Perth programme.
T: 01577 865069
Managing Director, Alligin Properties Ltd & Chairman, David’s Kitchen Ltd. Milnathort based.
Experienced company director who helped build up David Sands Ltd to a chain of 30 convenience stores before selling the business successfully to the Cooperative in 2012. Since then, David has established several different businesses in retail, property and construction.
T: 01738 441555
George started in the Insurance Industry on leaving school and at the age of 26, established his business which has now been operating for almost 25 years. The GS Group is one of the top 4 independent insurance brokers in Scotland and one of the top 100 in the UK. Continued growth of the company now sees it with a staff of 55 across offices in Perth, Dundee, Glasgow, Falkirk and most recently, Aberdeen.
A past President of the Perth & Dundee CII, George was extensively involved in developing the Insurance HUB. This has resulted in the SQA and CII providing joint exam accreditation and the formation of new courses at schools, colleges and universities.
T: 01738 440088
Joanne is a solicitor and Partner of Blackadders, a law firm that provides first class, trusted advice to individuals and businesses. From planning your own and your family’s affairs and investments, advice on resolving disputes, through to commercial legal advice for every type of business, Blackadders is trusted by thousands of clients every year to help them achieve their goals.
Joanne is Head of the firm’s Perth Office and works for an extensive range of clients based in the UK and abroad dealing with the legal aspects of property transactions throughout Scotland.
Joanne is also a Notary Public and Secretary for The Society of Solicitors and Procurators in the City and County of Perth.
T: 01577 862738
With over 30 years in the catering and hospitality industry, gaining a huge amount of experience not only in this field, but of working with many SMEs and larger enterprises. Andrew specialise in business consultancy, particularly start ups and expansions, and key skills include training, mentoring, coaching, F&B and compliance with legislation.
Andrew also own the award winning Heaven Scent ( Milnathort) brand of coffee shop and catering company for 14 years. His main passion is people - engaging and developing staff, and providing the highest standards to customers.
Andrew is also in high demand for presenting, compering, judging and speaking at events across the UK and beyond.
T: 01738 813473
Vice Chairman of SCAA, based at Scone Airport. Lives in Bridge of Earn.
Mike spent 28 years as the Headmaster of Craigclowan School in Perth. Following his retirement in 2007, he became President of the Chamber. He has been Chairman of Peak Leaders UK, a training company based in Strathmiglo and is Chairman of the Management Board of Algo, a building company based in Perth.
Mike was a founder Trustee and is the current Vice Chairman of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance. He runs his own consultancy, specialising in mentoring, appraisal and business development, works with a Ski school in Courchevel and a Chinese company specializing in education. He recently joined the Perth City Development Board.