Ms Liz Connolly has been named as President of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce following the retirement of Tom Johnston.

Ms Connolly is Principal and Chief Executive of West College Scotland. Liz joined the board in 2019 and is the third woman to serve as President in the Chamber’s fifty-seven-year history.

Joining Liz on the leadership team is Derek McNab, MD of Mabbett & Associates Ltd in the elected role of vice-President. The board also welcomes new director Ms Elaine Sherlock, Head of Business Operations for Ingliston Country Club and Hotel, Bishopton.

Chamber President Liz Connolly said “I am delighted and honoured to be named President of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to working with my fellow Board members, Bob and his team to support our members as we move towards economic recovery. I would also like to pay tribute to the enormous contribution that our Past President Tom Johnston has made to the Renfrewshire economy during his years as President.”

Immediate Past-President Tom Johnston said “I have been honoured to serve on the board of Renfrewshire Chamber and as President. The time has come to pass the baton on. I wish Liz every success in the post of President and trust she will enjoy the post as much as I have.”

Chief executive Bob Grant said “We are delighted Liz has taken up the role of President. Her strategic expertise on the board has been a great asset as we continue to grow and support our members during this recovery period. Liz’s extensive experience of education, business, and economic development in both the public and private sectors is an important fit; for example, we know that skills are a major challenge and enabler of economic recovery for our business community. “

Renfrewshire Chamber is the main business membership organisation in Renfrewshire. They offer extensive networking, learning, and support opportunities for the wider business community with a team of 12 staff based at Glasgow Airport. Their newly launched Customs Declaration service ChamberCustoms is designed to help navigate import and export regulations post Brexit.