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Staff & Board Members - Perthshire Chamber of Commerce

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: info@perthshirechamber.co.uk


Vicki Unite

Vicki Unite

Chief Executive

T: 01738 448325
E: vicki@perthshirechamber.co.uk

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 full-time members of staff (Vicki and Membership Engagement Executive, Kieran Burns) and one part-time (Business Development Manager, Cathy Joss). 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.


Stephen Leckie

Stephen Leckie

President

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Stephen Leckie is Chief Executive of Crieff Hydro and the fifth generation of his family to run this hotel and estate since the doors opened on Scotland’s maiden hydropathic establishment in 1868. The company is now the oldest trading registered company in Scotland.

Since taking the helm in 1994, Stephen has marshalled more than £50 million of investment to transform the property into a true leisure resort which competes on the international stage. A £6million refurbishment of Peebles Hydro has recently been completed. The family has expanded and Crieff Hydro Limited now own or manage the following seven hotels, along with the operation of The Peel Café at Glentress:
• Crieff Hydro Hotel
• Murraypark Hotel, Crieff
• Peebles Hydro Hotel
• Park Hotel, Peebles
• Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish
• Ballachulish Hotel
• Kingshouse Hotel, Glencoe

Stephen is Chairman of the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA), the acknowledged lead tourism industry group, which leads on industry
matters and acts as the ear and the representative voice of the industry to all.

As well as being an active member of the UK Hospitality Association and former Chairman of the Scotland Committee, he also chairs
the Tourism Leadership Group (TLG) which is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the national tourism strategy Tourism Scotland
2020 (TS2020). The TLG is comprised of business leaders from across the tourism industry both in the private and public sector. The
core purpose is to determine, recommend, monitor and review specific actions that will both ensure sustainability of the sector and
deliver the strategic growth ambition aspired to.

Passionate about and committed to tourism in Scotland, Stephen has received a number of awards. In November 2013 Stephen was
presented with the VisitScotland Scottish Thistle Award for his outstanding contribution to this industry. In 2014 he was presented with
The Herald Scottish Family Business Award – Outstanding Contribution and the Scottish Chambers of Commerce / Scottish Business
Honours – Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2015 he was chosen as the Courier Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year and in 2018 was
presented with Business Leader of the Year at the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards.

President of the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce and former Chairman of the Crieff Community Council, he is a Board member of the
Crieff Business Improvement District (BID) Steering Group and a Deputy Lieutenant for Perth and Kinross.

Stephen is also a Director and joint owner of Strathearn Engineering Ltd – Land Rover specialists based in Aberuthven since 2005.
Stephen’s wife, Fiona, is a Director of Crieff Hydro and Head of Projects and Interiors, who, with the family of four, share Stephen’s
varied interests. Amongst these he numbers classic cars and Land Rovers, piping, skiing, trials biking and sailing.


Ross Graham

Ross Graham

Past President

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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.


Kerr Elliott

Director

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Joanne Grimmond

Joanne Grimmond

Director

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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.


Trudie Imrie

Director

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E: info@perthshirechamber.co.uk

Trudie is the Clinic Manager at Blackhills Specialist Dental Clinic and has been responsible for all aspects of managing the clinic from the first day it opened its doors in January 2007, with a staff increase from 4 to 21. She is currently involved with Healthcare Improvement
Scotland in the area of Quality Assurance.

She previously worked in the NHS as a Manager of two National Managed Clinical Networks with a focus on service planning, education, collection and reporting of data to measure and improve quality of care, and engaging with stakeholders. Trudie has also worked in the hospitality and travel industry.

Trudie is delighted to become a Director of the Board and looks forward to working with the Chamber. She has always appreciated the opportunities the Chamber provides for training and mentoring, and also finds the business and networking events to build contacts are of
great value.

In her spare time she is also the Administrator for the Scottish Association for Cleft Lip and Palate, whose aims are to raise funds for research and education into the cause of this condition.


Praveen Kumar

Director

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Praveen is an award winning, growing celebrity, chef. He was born in Southern India and trained in many of the best hotels and restaurants that world has to offer. He has settled in Perth, where he runs the multi award winning Tabla Indian Restaurant, Indian Cook School and newly launched Praveen Kumar Authentic Indian Meals businesses.

He prides himself on the quality and provenance of the ingredients he uses in all his cooking. He says: “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well. I strongly promote Perth in all my businesses and use as many local suppliers as possible in my daily work. I am an ambassador for both Circular Tayside and Zero Waste Scotland. My new business takes Perthshire’s best food ingredients and transports them to customers right across the UK mainland."


Lori McGaffney

Director

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Jeannine McVean

Director

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Keith Scobbie

Director

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Keith Scobbie is a Partner at Graham + Sibbald and is delighted to be invited to again join the Board of Directors of Perthshire
Chamber.


Keith has been an active member of the Perth Business Community for nearly 25 years since establishing Graham + Sibbald’s Perth office in the mid 1990’s. Being a Partner with Graham + Sibbald Chartered Surveyors, he personally brings to the Board a wealth of property experience in both the commercial and residential sectors across the Perthshire and Tayside markets. The infrastructure and wealth of
experience enjoyed by his firm, one of Scotland’s largest and most respected property consultancies with 15 office locations across the country, will ensure that Keith’s appointment to the Board will bring with it not only local expertise but a depth of experience on a variety of property matters on a national basis.

Keith adds: “I hope the experience that I bring to the Board will be helpful to my fellow Directors, Chamber Members and the larger Perthshire environment.”


Andrew Scott

Director

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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.


Steven Stewart

Steven Stewart

Director

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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.


Mike Beale

Director

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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.


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