View from the Cham­ber

The Oban Times - - News -

EACH new year brings a new dy­namic to Lochaber Cham­ber of Com­merce, with some new board mem­bers and say­ing good­bye to a few who have given their time and lead­er­ship.

In 2017, we are happy to wel­come Peter MacFar­lane, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Ne­vis Range, and Matt Simp­kin­son, di­rec­tor of fi­nance at West High­land Col­lege.

We look for­ward to work­ing with these great in­di­vid­u­als, who gov­ern the or­gan­i­sa­tion, up­hold its mis­sion and as­sist the Cham­ber in its work to rep­re­sent its busi­ness mem­bers.

Peter and Matt join an en­er­getic board chaired by Bruno Ber­ardelli, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of High­land Wood En­ergy; as­sisted by Don­ald Hind, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Cor­pach Boat Build­ing Ltd; Johny Bell, a com­mer­cial lawyer with Twin Deer Law; Sine Davies, pro­pri­etor of the West High­land Ho­tel; Frazer Cou­p­land, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of No Fuss Events; and Steve MacFar­lane, pro­pri­etor of the Glenuig Inn. A colos­sal thank you to Iain Fer­gu­son, of The Write Im­age, who re­tired from the Cham­ber board in Oc­to­ber 2016 af­ter many years’ vol­un­tary ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

Cham­ber di­rec­tors pro­vide lead­er­ship and cam­paign for a con­tin­ued healthy busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment. They guide the strate­gic di­rec­tion and lobby widely to in­flu­ence changes to im­prove the eco­nomic per­for­mance of Lochaber.

And, fi­nally, a bit of busi­ness: if, like the Cham­ber, you re­ceived a let­ter from the pen­sions reg­u­la­tor re­mind­ing you to set up an au­to­matic en­rol­ment pen­sion for an Au­gust 1, 2017, start­ing date and would like ad­vice or help, the Cham­ber is run­ning two pen­sion work­shops.

To re­serve a place, email Lesley Ben­field, chief ex­ec­u­tive, at ceo@ lochaber­cham­

Peter MacFar­lane, left, and Matt Simp­kin­son joined the Cham­ber board.

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