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New President For Inverclyde Chamber Of Commerce

Gavin McDonagh with, left, Anne Campbell and Linda Scott


Gavin McDonagh, managing director of Holt Leisure Parks Ltd, has taken over as president of Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce, a role he will hold for the next two years. 

The business organisation’s annual general meeting and barbecue at Gourock Golf Club was the setting for the presidency handover from Linda Scott, who works with Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Ltd.

Born and bred in Inverclyde, Gavin is based at Kip Marina and has worked with Holt since 1982 as company accountant, company secretary, financial director and, ultimately, managing director.

He has been an integral part of the expansion of the Holt group of companies including holiday parks, marinas, farms, fish farms and even a BAFTA-winning film and TV company. Gavin McDonagh has also been a Board member at Riverside Inverclyde since 2015.

Anne Campbell, assistant principal of West College Scotland, becomes vice-president. Her faculty at the college covers health and social care, childhood practice, social science, science, maths, sport and learner development. Previously, she occupied various roles during her 13 years with James Watt College.

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Gavin McDonagh takes on the role of Inverclyde Chamber President for the next two years


Gavin, who has been a Chamber Board Director since 2014, said:

“Inverclyde Chamber provides valuable services along with a range of networking initiatives to businesses of all sizes. I’m delighted to be taking on the role of president for the next two years, serving this dynamic, member-led organisation, which exists to support the local business community and specifically its vibrant network of member businesses."

"The board and I are aware of the economic times that we are enduring and the hard work that will be involved in the coming years; however, with working pro-actively with Scottish Government, Westminster, Inverclyde Council and Scottish Chambers of Commerce, we can ensure that we will derive the best returns and outcome for our membership. Thanks to Linda for the past two years and we hope to build on all her hard work."

Linda said: “It has been a great privilege to hold the post of president over the past two years. As I continue to serve on the board as immediate past president, I wish Gavin all the very best in his two years in office as president.”

This article and pictures appeared on Inverclyde Now 26 June 2018.