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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Claire Baird - CEO

Claire Baird

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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Glenn Hays - Membership Development Manager

Glenn Hays

Membership 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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Julie Coulter - International Trade Lead & Admin Officer

Julie Coulter

International Trade Lead & Admin Officer

Lead contact for International Trade Documentation team. Contact Julie for any International Trade Training and 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. Deals with all aspects of documentation as part of the International Trade team.

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Kate Armstrong - Communications Officer

Kate Armstrong

Communications Officer

Provides admin support to the Chamber office and Membership Team. Responsible for Chamber Social Media Channels. Main contact for the Chamber’s quarterly magazine, Your Business. Contact Kate to become our Business Spotlight on Social Media and for help with any Marketplace enquiries.

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Rosalynd Gauld - International Trade Officer

Rosalynd Gauld

International Trade Officer

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

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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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Wilson Barrie - DYW Team - Employer Engagement Officer

Wilson Barrie

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

Currently on secondment to the Scottish Government.

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Emma McClymont - DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

Emma McClymont

DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

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 - Communications & Marketing Officer

Brooke McTaggart

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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Steven McBlain - DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

Steven McBlain

DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

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

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Ellie Tait - DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

Ellie Tait

DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

Ellie 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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Jenna Frew - DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

Jenna Frew

DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

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

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Gail Millar - DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

Gail Millar

DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

Gail 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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