Meet the Team

Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce is made up of a small but extremely hard working team dedicated and committed to providing our membership with the opportunities to grow, develop and improve your business with an excellent range of services, networking and platforms to make your business visible.

We are a small business too!

Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce is the small business with a big voice. The leading organisation representing the business community across the whole of Ayrshire, our objective is to promote and facilitate business between our members to encourage commercial growth and local prosperity.

We are the voice of the business community in Ayrshire and pride ourselves in providing strong representation of your interests in the corridors of power at Holyrood and Westminster.

Serving the business community for over 70 years, we aim to support every type of business, from sole traders to large corporations. Our members cover a vast range of sectors including textiles, industrial, tourism, retail and manufacturing.

By listening to our membership, tailoring our services to suit, we’ve developed a valuable portfolio of services and networking opportunities to help give your business the best possible platform to succeed. As an Ayrshire Chamber member, you can enjoy a range of exclusive deals and benefits, including:

  • Access to a vibrant business network · Invitations to business events and networking opportunities
  • Fully funded Chamber Legal services including legal cover and 24/7 legal advice line
  • Fully funded Chamber HR services, including professional HR documents and 24/7 HR helpline
  • Exclusive offers on Health Plans

 

Contact us today to find out more 

Val Russell - CEO

Val Russell

CEO

Leads a hard-working team of 18 employees across several projects and initiatives. As a small business my role is varied and includes working in partnership with private & public sector, education & social enterprise. Continuously striving to enable the Ayrshire economy.

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Helen McBride - Development Manager

Helen McBride

Development Manager

Responsible for an Award-winning Membership team with a focus on recruitment and retention of members along with promotion of the services available. Contact for becoming an Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce Partner for Business.

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Adrienne Howard - Finance Officer

Adrienne Howard

Finance Officer

Deals with all accounts admin including maintenance of Xero, customers, suppliers, banking, invoicing etc. Prepares Quarterly and Statutory Annual Accounts. A member of the International Trade Team.

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Alison Clayton - Projects & Communications Co-ordinator

Alison Clayton

Projects & Communications Co-ordinator

Supports the delivery & implementation of projects being undertaken by the Chamber. Main contact for the Chamber’s quarterly magazine, Your Business. Produces communications & content for the website, social media, local & national media to promote the work of Ayrshire Chamber. Part of the International Trade Team.

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Julie Coulter - International Trade & Admin Officer

Julie Coulter

International Trade & Admin Officer

Lead contact for International Trade Documentation team & First Aid Training Courses. Provides admin support to the Chamber office and Membership Team.

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Yvonne Munro - Events Co-ordinator

Yvonne Munro

Events Co-ordinator

Responsible for creating a calendar of events and training to our membership to grow their business and develop new skills. Provides sponsorship opportunities for organisations looking to increase their brand awareness.

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Lisa Stewart - Business Development Officer

Lisa Stewart

Business Development Officer

Part of the Membership team, actively out and about encouraging you to join Ayrshire’s Ultimate Business Network. Responsible for the Business Excellence Award and main contact for advertising in the Chamber magazine. Contact Lisa for any help with our mentoring programme Connect Me.

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Joan McMurdo - Business Development Officer

Joan McMurdo

Business Development Officer

Part of the Membership team, actively out and about encouraging you to join Ayrshire’s Ultimate Business Network.

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Kate Armstrong - Administrator

Kate Armstrong

Administrator

Provides admin support to the Chamber office and Membership Team. Responsible for Chamber Social Media Channels. Contact Kate to become our Business Spotlight on Social Media and for help with any Marketplace enquiries.

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Alexander Sharp - International Trade Officer

Alexander Sharp

International Trade Officer

Deals with all aspects of documentation as part of the International Trade team.

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Gail McGivern - International Trade Officer

Gail McGivern

International Trade Officer

Deals with all aspects of documentation as part of the International Trade team.

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Martin Dick - Administrator

Martin Dick

Administrator

Admin assistant to the Chamber office and Membership Team. Provides support with the administration of the Kickstart Scheme.

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Laura Drummond - Digital Content Administrator

Laura Drummond

Digital Content Administrator

Creating content and providing admin support for Ayrshire Connect.

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Claire Baird - DYW Team - Project Executive

Claire Baird

DYW Team - Project Executive

Currently Employer Engagement Manager - Young Person’s Guarantee at The Scottish Government.

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Glenn Hays - DYW Team - Regional Lead (Secondment Cover)

Glenn Hays

DYW Team - Regional Lead (Secondment Cover)

Responsible for overseeing DYW Ayrshire's Regional Group in line with Scottish Government Directives. Glenn represents DYW on a number of forums across the three local authority areas.

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Gillian Longmuir - DYW Team - Project Lead

Gillian Longmuir

DYW Team - Project Lead

Responsible for the DYW team whose role is to engage employers in education and highlight the benefits of employing a young person. We ensure young people get access to employers through education to prepare them for the world of work and experience high quality work placements. Keen to hear from employers on experiences of working with young people, encouraging others to consider taking on a young person and to engage with education.

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Jane McFadzean - DYW Team - Employer Engagement Officer

Jane McFadzean

DYW Team - Employer Engagement Officer

Tasked with engaging employers with education and highlighting the benefits of employing a young person. We ensure young people get access to employers through education to prepare them for the world of work and experience high quality work placements. Keen to hear from employers on experiences of working with young people, encouraging others to consider taking on a young person and to engage with education.

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Danielle McPherson - DYW Team - Communications & Marketing Officer

Danielle McPherson

DYW Team - Communications & Marketing Officer

Part of Marketing and Communications team. Responsible for Facebook, Twitter, content encouraging employers to engage with education and champion benefits of employing a young person. Provides event support.

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Stephen McNab - DYW Team - Employer Engagement Officer

Stephen McNab

DYW Team - Employer Engagement Officer

Responsible for supporting DYW Ayrshire with their role under the Scottish Government Young Person Guarantee.

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Emma McClymont - DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

Emma McClymont

DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

Currently on maternity leave, Emma works with Ayrshire schools and businesses to enhance the current curriculum through employer engagement. Provides the necessary support for schools in recruiting representatives for careers events, mock interviews and departmental links.

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Brooke McTaggart - DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

Brooke McTaggart

DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

Works with Ayrshire schools and businesses to enhance the current curriculum through employer engagement. Provides the necessary support for schools in recruiting representatives for careers events, mock interviews and departmental links.

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Steven McBlain - DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

Steven McBlain

DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

Deals with Work Experience for schools in North and South Ayrshire. This includes carrying out all relevant Health & Safety Assessments prior to any pupil attending.

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Christina MacDonald - DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

Christina MacDonald

DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

Tasked to create links between businesses and schools to enhance the curriculum and increase employability in our young people. Work with schools on careers events, mock interviews, and with individual departments on subject-specific projects.

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Natalie Robertson - DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

Natalie Robertson

DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

Tasked to create links between businesses and schools to enhance the curriculum and increase employability in our young people. Work with schools on careers events, mock interviews, and with individual departments on subject-specific projects.

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