Chief Executive Ayrshire Chamber
Val has a background in the hospitality sector at senior level followed by a period with Jobcentreplus then a local newspaper prior to joining the Chamber in 1999.
She heads up a team of 13 people based at Glasgow Prestwick Airport.
Ayrshire is a national award winning Chamber with 820 + members of all sizes and sectors and is largest non-city Chamber in Scotland and one of only seven British Chambers accredited in Scotland. Vals role involves working in partnership with both public, private sector and social enterprise organisations working together to enable the Ayrshire economy.
Sh is a member of Community Planning Partnerships, Panel member of PYBTS, Member of Ayrshire Economic Partnership, Board Member CEIS, Board Member North Ayrshire Economic & Regeneration Board, Director Energy Agency. member of Ayrshire LAG Leader Fund.
Being passionate about education encouraged the Chamber’s involvement in schools leading to the Chamber co-ordinating the Work Experience Programme across three local authority areas together with all aspects of employer engagement for past eight years.
Val truly believes in Ayrshire doing business with Ayrshire which led to the launch of a Buy Ayrshire Campaign.
On the personal front she is married with three grown up children and three grand children.
Enjoys walking and amongst many charity walks completed Great Wall of China Trek in aid of local hospice in 2009 raising almost £5K. Also enjoys cooking particularly for family gatherings.