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Overview From Our President

Mark Spragg
Mark Spragg - President, Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I carry out the role of President of the Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce as the 130th President.

It is an honour to be President of this historical, but forward-thinking Chamber, and I am immensely aware of the privilege of being trusted with that heritage and our future. Having been incorporated by Royal Charter in 1813, Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce is past it’s 200th year anniversary – and in June 2016, changed by Royal Charter again, adopt its new name which was another step forward as we build the business community across Inverclyde.

The experience, creativity and forward thinking of our team and previous Board Members and Presidents has forged a new era, bringing our approach progressively into the current time, while recognising and respecting the value of our heritage. Their example is my benchmark and beacon as we forge the next few years and I thank each and every one of them for their excellence and wisdom within the role, laying the foundation for a solid and progressive Chamber.

These past few years have been intensely interesting and challenging with the political challenges often making business much more diffiuclt and uncertain. How the UK will emerge in the coming weeks and months in unknown even now, and each business in Inverclyde will need to understand what this means for them, make adjustments as necessary, and be ready for the opportunities and hurdles this will bring. As a Chamber, we will find ways of providing information, sharing insights, and providing platforms for discussion. Our intention is to walk alongside you all, as we face the uncertainty and the anticipation of the coming months.

Looking to the future, both as businesses and a Chamber, we must be flexible, responsive, relevant and sometimes radical in the current business context. These are not just words, and will be the baseline for me and for our Board as we set our strategy for the next 3 years. We will not be a remote Chamber, but welcoming, listening, attentive and responsive in creative and appropriate ways.

I look forward to meeting more of you and working with you to build a supportive community – a community for Inverclyde growth and enhancement.

Mark Spragg

Staff and Board of Directors

Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce

Shari Workman - Membership Engagement Manager

Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce

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Shari joined the team as our Membership Engagement Manager in December 2021. An American citizen, Shari who now lives in Inverclyde with her husband and has extensive business experience in the private, healthcare, and the public sector.

Shari is passionate about connecting businesses and helping them to grow and develop, which has been a strong theme throughout her career.

Now in her roll with the chamber, Shari is aiming to utilise all of those developed skills and abilities to support the Inverclyde Chamber membership.

Andrew Bowman - Marketing Executive

Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce

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Andrew has been supporting ICC's external communications and marketing since July 2019.

Andrew is the co-founder of Inverclyde's largest independently owned letting agency, Bowman Rebecchi and runs his own consultancy business, ARB Growth. He is also a Director of Gourock advertising firm, A&M Marketing and of the social enterprise, Creative Inverclyde CIC.

Andrew started his career in Glasgow at Zurich Insurance and grew to a strategic leadership role, supporting its public sector arm, Zurich Municipal in London before leaving the private sector to join public sector regeneration charity, Riverside Inverclyde for three years.

Andrew is a Trustee with Inverclyde Community Fund and is the former Chair of Developing the Young Workforce (West). He is also a former Director and Vice-President of Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce.

Andrew lives in Greenock with his wife and two children.

Diana Peralta - International Executive

Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce

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Diana joined ICC in March 2021 as our new International Executive supporting the Chamber's International Trade Partnership (ITP). Diana, who originates from Colombia’s capital Bogotá, made Scotland her home in 2008 and has since worked with several businesses across the public and private sector, including Glasgow Chamber and the umbrella organisation to the 27 local Chambers in Scotland, Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

Mark Spragg - ICC Director and President

Managing Director - Where Now Consulting

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Mark joined the ICC Board as President in June 2021 and is the Managing Director of Where Now Consulting.

With a wealth of experience, Mark has worked in senior leadership positions in the UK and overseas for both large global companies and family-owned SME’s.

Before joining Where Now Consulting, a management consultancy with operations in Scotland, Manchester and Dubai, Mark was Vice President EMEA for Steelcase Inc, a global manufacturer.

A local man, Mark lives in Wemyss Bay with his family and is a keen musician.

Penelope Hof - ICC Director and Financial Controller

Founder - PJH Bookkeeping

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Penelope joined the ICC Board in September 2019, having been a former Bee's Knees Award finalist on three occasions.

Penelope is a self-employed bookkeeper for various companies around Inverclyde as well as contributing to the control and running of Riverside Inverclyde’s finances.

Penelope has worked in Inverclyde all her working life having moved here after university, and is actively involved in local Girl Guiding.

Alistair Rodgers - ICC Director

Head of Engineering - West College Scotland

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Alistair joined the ICC Board in 2019, having took up the position of Head of Sector for Engineering at West College Scotland in October 2018, with a focus on revitalising the Engineering Curriculum particularly within the Inverclyde.

Having spent all of his life in Port Glasgow, Alistair served an Engineering Apprenticeship with local firm AMP of Great Britain Limited, before moving across the water to Polaroid.

After several years in industry, Alistair moved into the Further Education Sector in 2003, initially with Anniesland College and worked through various roles which include several years as a Head of Department at Glasgow Clyde College before joining West College Scotland.

During this time, he has overseen a number of projects within the Engineering Curriculum areas with a specific focus on employer engagement, something he hopes to increase within the Chamber.

Lizzy Todd - ICC Director

Managing Director - Tweetiepie Media

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Lizzy joined the ICC Board in 2019, having based her businesses in Inverclyde from inception.

After completing a degree at the University of Edinburgh studying Business and Law, she went onto gain a graduate marketing position at the 5 star Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa & Golf near Oban which saw her gain great knowledge of all things digital marketing related whilst gaining a wide variety of experiences through the hospitality industry.

In August 2011, she started her own business, Tweetiepie Media, focusing on providing digital marketing services to small and medium sized businesses throughout Scotland, across a variety of industries. In 2013, Aves Business Centre came into existence which gave her an Inverclyde base to grow her business in terms of the number of clients, services offered as well as team members employed locally.

Tweetiepie Media now employs a handful of people locally and has clients that span across the globe and different industries including hospitality, construction, transportation, health and well-being and media.

A former Bee’s Knee’s winner, Lizzy is keen to help raise the profile of Inverclyde as a vibrant business community, whilst helping new and existing local businesses grow and develop.

Shona Darroch - ICC Director

HR Business Partner - Diodes Incorporated

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Shona grew up in the east end of Greenock and, with the exception of a period backpacking in Australia after university, has spent her entire life living in Inverclyde.

Shona is a Chartered member of CIPD and an expert in HR and people development. She began her career at Devol Engineering in Greenock before moving to Balfour Beatty and then Castle Precision Engineering, both of which were based in Glasgow. In 2020 she moved back to Greenock to work for Diodes.

Shona has a passion for early career development and young talent and has developed strong relationships with the key training providers in Inverclyde including the West of Scotland College, to support the apprentice, graduate and other training programmes that Diodes use.

Her focus at Diodes includes the development of the talent pipeline, STEM engagement and Equality Inclusion and diversity.

Shona is passionate about improving the areas in which she works and is excited that her roles at Diodes and at the Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce provide here with an opportunity to make a difference in her home town.

Gavin McDonagh - Past President

Managing Director - Holt Leisure

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Gavin is born and bred in Inverclyde and has worked with Holt Lesiure Parks Ltd since 1982.

Throughout his three decades at Holt, Gavin has worked as company Accountant, Secretary, Finance Director and now in his current role as Managing Director.

He has had the opportunity to be part of building up the various businesses, including three holiday parks, three marina's, Skibo Castle and cottages, Isle of Gigha cottages and hotel and Craobh Marina holiday cottages. Gavin has been instrumental in the success of making Kip Marina in Inverkip one of Scotland's premier places to moor.

Gavin joined the ICC Board of Directors in 2013, and succeeded Linda Scott as President in June 2018 before passing over to Mark Spragg in June 2021.

History

Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce

Inverclyde Chamber, previously called Greenock Chamber, was originally incorporated in 1813 by Royal Charter on behalf of King George the Third, as The Chamber of Commerce and Manufactures of Greenock – to tend to the encouragement and promotion of trade and manufactures already extensively established and carried on there.

There has since been 129 presidents, including many prominent business people working in shipbuilding, engineering, sugar and other merchant activities, as well as council officials, legal officers and practitioners.

These activities reflect the principal businesses of the Inverclyde region in the 19th and 20th centuries, predominantly sugar refining and shipbuilding. More recently, the presidency and board have been made up of a more diverse group of business people. The first Greenock Chamber Board of Directors was an all male affair, consisting of bankers, merchants, legal officers and council officials.

The inaugural President was Alexander Dunlop, who worked as a merchant and a banker – he was founder and partner of William Napier & Co, known as the Renfrewshire Banking Company. He was also Justice of the Peace, Advocate and Magistrate of Greenock in 1805.

The first Board also included James Watt Jnr (above), son of the famous inventor and mechanical engineer whose improvements to the steam engine were fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution. James Jnr went on to serve as the 10th President of the Chamber’s Board.

The Board Directors and membership today reflect the many changes that we, as a business community, have undergone over the years – our members cover a diverse range of industries both large and small.

Now, as we watch exciting new developments spring up along the riverside that are bringing transformational change for Inverclyde, its people and its businesses, Inverclyde Chamber works hard to ensure our collective business voice continues to be heard loud and clear.

ICC is currently researching a list of all President's and will share this at a later date alongside previous annual reports of ICC.