The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed a new chairman and secretary to head up its Aberdeen and Grampian branch. Mark McCue takes over from Mike Bowyer as chairman, while Jody Mitchell becomes the new branch secretary.
Mark McCue, a Director of Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, has been a member of the IoD Aberdeen and Grampian committee since 2012. Mark McCue, the new Chairman of IoD Aberdeen (centre), with (left) new Secretary Jody Mitchell and (right) former Chairman Mike Bowyer
“The challenge for business leaders in this region will be to sustain the vibrancy that the local economy has enjoyed thanks to the oil and gas industry,” Mark McCue, said following his appointment. “The current, cyclical downturn in oil and gas reminds us of the importance of maintaining a diversified economy in Aberdeen and Grampian.
“The key to supporting the future is getting our local infrastructure right and it will be vital that we see engagement between business leaders and the public sector. We need to ensure that the potential of initiatives like the Aberdeen City Masterplan and the City Region Deal are realised for the benefit of all.
“I want to see the IoD Aberdeen and Grampian branch contributing strongly to the wider community and supporting economic initiatives.”
“The Aberdeen City Region is the second most productive economy in the UK after central London. It is therefore a vital economic centre for the Institute of Directors,” commented David Watt, Executive Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland.
“I am delighted therefore that we have such a capable new team taking over the leadership of our Aberdeen and Grampian branch. Along with a very enthusiastic committee, built up under Mike Bowyer’s chairmanship, I am sure they will contribute strongly to meeting the challenges in the wake of the oil price reduction.”
A University of Aberdeen graduate in Economics and Politics, Mark McCue has worked in the financial sector for the past 21 years.
Jody Mitchell has been a partner at solicitors Ledingham Chalmers LLP, since 2010. He specialises in corporate and commercial law, advising clients across a range of industry sectors, including oil and gas services, marine and construction. He is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen.