Bees Knees Awards 2018 – Chamber President Award


Sponsored by Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber President Award will be one of our highest accolades, as Inverclyde Chamber selects the most admired businessman or businesswoman from within the Inverclyde business community. The recipient of our Award will have been running (or have run) a highly successful company or companies in this area for a considerable time, while contributing to the wider business community and third sector.

We will be looking for an individual who is respected for their vision and tenacity in their early business years, or for their ability to innovate with a clear focus to stay ahead of their competitors over a long period? They may have produced a groundbreaking product or service, or been admired for their leadership skills alone.

Winner: Hugh McKechnie Currie

Hugh McKechnie Currie (born 1949) has an impressive list of achievements spread over many years, whilst remaining a stalwart resident of Inverclyde, operating from his local home. He was educated in Chapelton Primary School Port Glasgow and then at Greenock Academy, before going on to Glasgow University and London Business School.

Hugh, who is a Deputy Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, achieved a BSc in Civil Engineering, is a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was fully employed in engineering positions before entering Lithgow’s, where he rose through the ranks to achieve Group Managing Director in 1992, a post he held until his retirement in 2011 after 32 years of service.

Over the decades, Hugh established himself as a key business influencer throughout Scotland, working in the positions of member, vice-chair and chair of various organisations such as the CBI, Regional Chairman’s Panel and the Scottish Manufacturing Working Group and Industrial Trends Panel.

He served on the Scottish Enterprise Board and was Deputy Chairman until the Local Enterprise Companies were abolished. He has also been a member on many committees including the Advisory Committee, Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling. His contribution through these groups, committees and organisations led and contributed to many significant business developments in the fishing industry and across Scottish Business generally. Working in the background of committee life, grand decisions were made and implemented.

Hugh, who is a member of the Board of Governors of St Columba’s School Kilmacolm, worked until recently on the Greenock Academy School Board, was President of Greenock Academicals Club and President of Dunrod Angling Club. He was Director of Inverkip Society and is a Church Elder of Old Gourock and Ashton Parish Church, serving from 1978 to the present. Hugh was also part of the Old West Kirk Steering Committee, which saved the beautiful church from being sold for housing.

He is married to wife Lesley. The couple live in Greenock and have two daughters and five grandchildren.

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