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Andrew Ritchie appointed Chair of SCDI’s North East Committee

The Scottish Council for Development and Industry has appointed Shell’s External Relations Manager for their U.K. Upstream business as the new Chair of its North East Committee. Andrew who returned to Aberdeen from London four years ago will take on the role, replacing Trevor Garlick OBE.

As well as heading up the Committee, Andrew will also join SCDI’s Board as one of several new appointments to reflect a new dynamism and focus on leading policy thinking and driving forward a practical blueprint for Scotland’s economic and social future. The board changes are part of a wider strategy within the organisation to demonstrate its members ambition and an investment in people and technology.

Commenting on his appointment, Andrew Ritchie said:

“I am delighted to have this opportunity and look forward to succeeding Trevor in the new year. I would like to thank him for his excellent work of the past few years and hope I can be an equally strong advocate for the interests of our members in the region to government and others.

I also look forward to joining the SCDI Board and I will seek to ensure that the NE Scotland business perspective is fully represented in SCDI’s Scotland-wide strategic thinking”.

Ian Wall, Chair, SCDI, added:

“We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew as chair of our North East Committee and subsequently to our board. He brings a wealth of experience and a skillset that will be an asset to SCDI at a key time for the organisation and in particular as we develop the work programme for our recently launched Clean Growth Leadership Group.

“SCDI has a unique role to play in shaping Scotland’s economic and social future by convening the combined strength of businesses, the public and third sectors plus government to work together to secure our sustainable economic growth and we are delighted to have made a number of high level appointments to support the growth and new direction of SCDI.”

Andrew will take up the post of chair following the SCDI Annual Lecture on 16 January 2020.