Who's Who

Our board are all committed to growing and developing business in Dunbartonshire. They have expertise and can offer business advice and support in a range of areas from legal and financial through to marketing and funding.

 Our Board Members:

President Stewart Rennie
Chief Executive & Vice President Damon Scott
Company Secretary Stewart Rennie
Finance/Administration Russell Sim
Communications & PR Damon Scott
Marketing/Administration Damon Scott
Development Nick Allan
Skills Development & Women in Business Sharon Colvan
Social Media, Membership & Sales Philip Briscoe
ChamberFORCE & Women in Business Louise Worrall
Membership Shared between board members
Development Erik Archer
Advisors Gillian Scholes (West Dunbartonshire Council)
  Suzanne Bruce (East Dunbartonshire Council)
Admin Team Nonconform Ltd

 Find Out More About Our Board (watch this space as more are added):

Damon Scott, Chief Executive, Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce

Damon Scott, Chief Executive

Damon has over 25 years experience of brand development, marketing and communications across a range of sectors as well as experience of economic regeneration and events.

He was part of the management team that launched Scottish Enterprise's flagship economic regeneration project, Loch Lomond Shores, now one of Scotland's most visited destinations and was also responsible for the successful relaunches of both the Everyman Liverpool and Tron Theatre in Glasgow.

Alongside other interests he has run his own marketing, web and brand development businesses for the past 10 years working with a wide range of clients from a university and college to retailers, a local authority, dental practice and UK-wide golf driving ranges and adventure golf.

Having previously been introduced to the chamber network during his time at Renfrewshire Chamber Damon is delighted to be taking Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce into its next phase of development as CEO. He has a passion for supporting new and existing businesses to help them thrive through their association with the chamber and via the access to the range of benefits the chamber can offer.

Damon also runs his own marketing, web and brand development business, Nonconform, and his interests include Hillwalking, Cycling and generally keeping fit and he enjoy listening to music, reading and cooking (sometimes all at the same time ;-). He also enjoys stand-up comedy (watching not performing) and set up one of Liverpool's most successful comedy clubs, Rawhide.

Damon lives with his wife (Alison), daughter (Georgia) and miniature Schnauzer in Kilbarchan.

Connect with Damon:
www.linkedin.com/in/damonscott1
www.twitter.com/DamonScott1550 

Stewart Rennie, President, Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce

Stewart Rennie, President

Stewart Rennie is the President of Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce.

He is a local lawyer, having started his own firm, Rennie McInnes with my wife Aileen in 2010. They have an office in Douglas House Milngavie and Stewart deals mainly in corporate and commercial work with a particular emphasis on helping owner-managed businesses. Prior to that Stewart worked in various legal firms in Glasgow City Centre for over 20 years, latterly as a Corporate Partner in a large multi-national firm.

Stewart enjoys the challenge of running my own small business, each day can throw up its own issues, from selling a client’s business for £3M to fixing the photocopier when it has broken down (again). It is also far easier now to empathise with clients who will face similar problems. 

Stewart is a local lad, having attended Bearden Academy (the old one) back in the 1980’s. He also lives in Bearsden and his two children now go to the new(ish) Bearsden Academy which has facilities he could only have dreamed of.

"I joined the Chamber on starting up the business in 2010 and found it very friendly and welcoming. It has been very useful, not only as a source of business but also as a source of advice and inspiration. Running your own business can be problematic and it can be useful just to chat with people who have been in a similar situation and to pick their brains for solutions."

Away from work Stewart plays golf at Douglas Park and hockey for Hillhead Hockey Club. He also enjoys (if that is the correct word) watching Partick Thistle.

Connect with Stewart on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/in/stewartrennie

Sharon Colvan, Director, Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce

Sharon Colvan, Director

Sharon Colvan joined the board of Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce as Director with a focus on Developing the Young Workforce and Women in Business.

Sharon began her career on the workshop floor working in local Engineering factory in 1990, operating traditional milling machines. After a period, she moved into the administration side of the business taking on Financials, Quality and Health and Safety allowing me to learn all aspects of the business.

2005 saw the formation of a new company, Glenhead Engineering Ltd. The intention of the business was to provide precision engineered components and a design service. This business services all types of industry from Medical and Life sciences to oil & gas and renewables. Taking on the role as Operations Manager, Sharon oversees the processes and control systems of both Glenhead Engineering and the sister company West of Scotland Fabrication. This is a position that has evolved over the past 10 years and includes all areas from staff to sales and working. Sharon also works with the local schools through the STEM programme.

Glenhead Engineering has an extensive and very prominent client list with some Top 10 Global players and now exports to multiple countries. Glenhead manufacture and reverse engineer parts for bottling halls, food manufactures and Gas turbine service companies all with very tight tolerances.

Sharon is married to Stuart and has two boys - Grant is 18 and Adam 11 (going on 30!)

Connect with Sharon on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/in/sharon-colvan-8493833a/

Philip Briscoe, Director, Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce

Philip Briscoe, Director

As well as being a Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Philip is the Sales Manager with European Circuits Limited. ECL manufacture and assemble Printed Circuit Boards in Clydebank for a wide range of industries throughout the UK and Europe. As a company, ECL have been a Chamber Member since 2009 and Philip has been on the Board since 2015. His role within the Chamber is mainly focussed on membership and social media (and would encourage all businesses to follow the Chamber on the various social media platforms). Philip is also a Board Member for Developing the Young Workforce (West Region) on behalf of both ECL and Dunbartonshire Chamber.

Philip comments “I really enjoy the Chamber Networking Events which are great way to meet other businesspeople in the area for a wide and varied range of industries.”

Prior to working at European Circuits, Philip was a Business Development Manager for Labelgraphics, a privately owned self-adhesive label company in Clydebank.

Outside of work, Philip is a season ticket holder for Glasgow Warriors and enjoys travelling, dining out, good movies and reading autobiographies. He lives in Drumchapel with his wife Elaine who is a secondary school teacher.

Connect with Philip via LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/in/philbriscoe

Russell Sim, Director, Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce

Russell Sim, Director

After graduating from Glasgow University with a degree in Civil Engineering I spent 14 years working for contractors on large construction projects around the UK, including Heysham nuclear power station in Morecambe, Belmarsh Prison at Woolwich in London and water treatment plants at Gatwick, Hereford, Birmingham and Carron Valley.

I then became Managing Director of Sim Property Group just over 21 years ago. We are a commercial landlord, owning over 250,000 sqft of office and industrial property for rent at several convenient locations around Glasgow. Whitecrook Business Centre in Clydebank where we are based is one of our properties.

I manage all aspects of the business but, first and foremost, I am responsible to our shareholders for protecting the funds they have invested. That means keeping control of our finances, organising maintenance work or services that we are responsible for, finding tenants for vacant premises and of course making sure that rent is paid.

We joined Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce in 2004. I did a previous spell as a Chamber director in 2010-2012 and was persuaded to come back onto the Board in September 2017. I have since taken on the role of looking after our bookkeeping and general administration.

Away from work, I’m a member of two local rugby clubs and also a keen supporter of Glasgow Warriors.

Connect with Russell on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/in/russell-sim

Louise Worrall, Director, Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce

Louise Worrall, Director

Following a successful career serving in the Royal Navy as a Warfare Officer, culminating in the role of Navigating Officer on HMS Bangor, Louise retrained as a Financial Adviser with St. James Place Wealth Management. In December 2017, Louise became the Principle of her own successful Wealth Management business which specialises in comprehensive financial advice for Small/Medium Enterprises and professionals to meet their long-term goals.

Having had her own military career cut short by injury, Louise has also been dedicated to providing financial advice for both serving and veteran service men and women so that they can have the financial fortitude for civilian life post- service.

Louise's new career has had many challenges but also bountiful in rewards including earning the title of Chartered Manager and mentor for the Chartered Management Institute. She plans to build on these strong foundations by pursuing Chartered Financial Planner status with the Chartered Insurance Institute.

When she is not navigating clients through the minefield of financial planning, Louise can be found riding Bella at the Gareloch Riding for the Disabled, for which she is a Trustee and Board Member or serenading her husband and their German Shepherd, Winston, by the piano.

Connect with Louise on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/in/louiseworrall

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Nick Allan, Director, Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce

Nick Allan, Director

Nick Allan is an experienced and respected Chartered Surveyor and the owner of Nick Allan and Associates Ltd, a strategic asset management and business consultancy. Nick is also the founder and Director of Community Empowerment Scotland Ltd, a social enterprise company providing a wide range of professional advice to community-led projects throughout Scotland.

During his career, he has been both involved and influential in Scottish Government policy-making, and is very passionate about the potential for community empowerment to act as a catalyst for economic regeneration.

In his spare time he is a member of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber) which was formed to deal with determinations of rent or repair issues within the private rented housing sector.

Nick joined Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce as a Director in 2013, and has been a Board Member at West College Scotland since 2015.

In his leisure time, Nick is a keen golfer, cricketer and classic car enthusiast.

Connect with Nick via LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/in/nick-allan-frics-0205364b

Erik Archer - Director

Erik has 40 years of previous experience at Director/Managing Director level within the built environment, specialist sub-contracting and manufacturing including winning, negotiating and delivery of large contracts.

For the past 6 years Eric has been working for a global leader in building analytics bringing to market, securing and working with a delivery team on energy, carbon reduction projects, improving the efficiency and performance of significant existing buildings such as the Scottish Parliament.

Erik's role within the Chamber is to share many years of experience in developing and running businesses and his specialist sector knowledge with colleagues and members and in any way which will assist.

Erik's hobbies and passtimes include: travelling, rugby and the great outdoors including sailing, open water swimming, hill walking, cycling, motor biking, running and much more!

Connect with Erik on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/in/erik-archer-a547984b/