Who we are

Andy Drane : Director
  • Andy Drane Andy is a Partner with commercial law firm Davidson Chalmers and has over 20 years’ experience of providing businesses with practical, commercial legal advice. His expertise covers a wide variety of sectors and he has particular interests in helping businesses grow and move into new markets. He is an experienced business owner and manager in his own right and heads up the Davidson Chalmers legal offering in the South of Scotland from the firm’s Galashiels office.
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Jack Clark : Chairman
  • Jack Clark Jack spent his entire working life with John Swan and Sons PLC , Livestock Auctioneers in the Scottish Borders and North Northumberland, anemployment which spanned over48 years during which he served 20 years as Managing Director. Jack retired from John Swan in 2013 and was appointed Chairman of Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce that year. His field of expertise is naturally agriculture and rural affairs, however, by his own admission, since joining Chamber he has acquired a wider appreciation of the involvement of all sectors of the Borders economy which contribute to making our region one of the best in which to work. Jack continues to be a Fellow of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland.

Mary Hemingway : Director
  • Mary Hemingway Mary moved to the Borders 7 years ago from Lancashire and has gained a wealth of experience in the finance industry, making her mark in the Scottish Borders as a trusted Financial Advisor. Focussed on making the Borders a better place for younger people to do business, she is working with DYW Borders and is a Committee Member and Treasurer of the Scottish Borders Young Professionals.

Bruce Simpson : Communications Exec
  • Bruce Simpson is the Chamber’s Communications Exec. He has been in the tourism industry for over 45 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 was Managing Director of tourism publications and marketing company for ten years with One North East being a major client.

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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