Who we are

Jack Clark : Convenor
  • Jack Clark is the Convener of the Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce. Until recently, he was Managing Director of John Swan Limited, Auctioneers and Livestock Agents operating St. Boswells Livestock Market servicing livestock producers in the Borders region and also Wooler Market in Northumberland, servicing buying and selling customers from Shetland to Kent and Cornwall. The company also has two divisions, John Swan Properties catering for the sales and purchase of Agricultural and Commercial properties and Swan and Turner, based in Jedburgh providing and auction house for antiques, fine art and collectibles.

Derek Hall :
  • Derek Hall Sector Finance and Agriculture Director Business Banking RBS, responsible for the lending and customer service to SME businesses in the Borders. I want to help SBCC develop to reach more businesses in the Borders
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Tom Burnham :
  • Tom Burnham Until recently Chair of the Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership, specialist in inbound rural tourism after 45 years in international trade. Especially interested in walking and cycle tourism, in which he is active in the Borders and Iceland.

Bruce Simpson :
  • Bruce Simpson is the Chamber’s Communications Director and Vice Convener. He has been in the tourism industry for over 40 years in both the public and private sectors. He started his working career with the old HIDB in Inverness, was Research and Development Manager of the old Southern Tourist Board in Southampton and, for ten years, the Director of Tourism in Fort William and Lochaber. He is now a tourism consultant working both domestically and overseas and has been a Director of in2 Design and Publishing Limited for ten years.

Roseanne Bennett : Finance Director
  • Roseanne Bennett is the Chamber’s Finance Director. Roseanne is a Partner in the local firm of Chartered Accountants, Greaves West & Ayre. Many of her clients are owner managed businesses and start-ups across a wide variety of industry sectors.    

Ian Burton :
  • Ian Burton runs Aptek (Scotland) Limited which provides business and technology expertise from its base in Kelso. Aptek has developed the best and most innovative systems behind some very successful businesses.

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Gordon Innes :
  • Gordon Innes is a co-owner of the Tontine Hotel in Peebles. He studied Hotel Management at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, before embarking on a graduate training scheme with Thistle Hotels in Dundee and Manchester. Gordon held a number of General Manager roles with Queens Moat Houses, including The Drury Lane Hotel and The Sloane Square Hotel, before managing Hotels for The Intercontinental Group, Crowne Plaza Reading & latterly, Crowne Plaza London Kensington.
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Kate Innes :
  • Kate Innes is the co-owner of the Tontine Hotel, Peebles. Currently hotel representative on Scottish Borders Area Tourism Partnership, on South of Scotland Economic Forum and Director of Eastgate Theatre. Previously held various positions in IT with Apple, Cisco and Compaq. Passionate to ensure that the hospitality industry is well represented within the Scottish Borders.

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Paul Hayhoe :
  • Paul Hayhoe is a partner at The Hayhoe Webb Partnership, an accountancy practice based in Langholm offering services to the tourism and hospitality industry. Paul has over thirty years experience within the industry fourteen of which were at The Reivers Rest Town House Hotel in Langholm where he was joint owner and proprietor together with his wife Elizabeth. Paul has played an active role within the local business community since the early 1990’s. He sees his appointment to the board as an opportunity to take an active role in the campaign to regenerate our economy.

Raymond Kerr :
  • Raymond Kerr is the Chief Commercial Officer and Co-Founder Qube Holdings Ltd., Galashiels. Educated within the Scottish Borders, he has a 21 year background in the Scottish Borders Electronics Industry. He is now part of the team building an enterprise which has national reach and influence employing hundreds of people throughout the UK. He has a passion for the Borders and recognises that we have unique opportunity right now to enhance our areas area’s reputation for its skills, landscape and flexibility through providing the infrastructure to support a stable Borders wide economy. “I see SBCC as the conduit to lay down the seeds to allow our area to flourish.”
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Carla How :
  • Carla How has practiced as a Chiropractor for nearly 30 years and runs Scotia Chiropractic Ltd with clinics in St Boswells, Peebles and Wooler. Highly respected in her field, she is currently involved at International level, serving on various international sports councils and commissions. She is passionate about enabling all to receive the healthcare they require and to this end has worked as President of the Scottish Chiropractic Association, Member of the Chiropractic Registration Steering group, Member of the GCC, Member of the College of Chiropractors Steering group and its Court of Electors. “I hope with my time on the SBCC I can improve communication between healthcare providers in the Borders”.

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