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
  • Discounted card processing rates through Chamber Merchant Services
  • An exclusive offer on Employee 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.

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.

Adrienne Howard - Finance Officer

Adrienne Howard

Finance Officer

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

Anne Reid - Development Officer Membership Recruitment & Services

Anne Reid

Development Officer Membership Recruitment & Services

Lead contact for International Trade Documentation team & First Aid Training. Part of the membership team, duties include customer relations management, setting up company visits with current & potential members.

Nicola Sykes - Sales & Admin Officer

Nicola Sykes

Sales & Admin 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.

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.

Alan Cameron - Communications Officer

Alan Cameron

Communications Officer

Main contact for the Chamber’s quarterly magazine, Your Business. Produce content for the website, social media and local media to promote the work of Ayrshire Chamber. Contact for all media enquiries.

Rhona Brown - Business Mentoring Executive

Rhona Brown

Business Mentoring Executive

Responsible for fully funded Business Mentoring service. An initiative designed to match mentors who have the right skills and experience who can bring fresh ideas and add value to your business.

David O’Neil - International Trade Administrator

David O’Neil

International Trade Administrator

Part of the International Trade Documentation team and organises International trade clinics. Provides support to the Finance department.

Natalie Bruce - DYW Team - Marketing, Communications & Administration Officer

Natalie Bruce

DYW Team - Marketing, Communications & Administration Officer

Part of Marketing and Communications team. Responsible for DYW blog, LinkedIN content encouraging employers to engage with education and champion benefits of employing a young person. Provides support to membership, speak to me about becoming our Member of the Week.

Claire Baird - DYW Team - Project Executive

Claire Baird

DYW Team - Project Executive

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.

Gillian Cameron - DYW Team - Employer Engagement Officer

Gillian Cameron

DYW Team - Employer Engagement Officer

Regularly out and about visiting businesses of all sizes to spread the DYW Ayrshire word. 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.

Suzanne Murdoch - DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

Suzanne Murdoch

DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

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

Tony McCafferty - DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

Tony McCafferty

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.

Emma Hutchison - DYW Team - Business Liaison Officer

Emma Hutchison

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.

Danielle McPherson - DYW Team - Marketing, Communications & Administration Officer

Danielle McPherson

DYW Team - Marketing, Communications & Administration 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.