11 September 2017

  |  CBI Scotland

Press release

CBI Scotland welcomes new Chair and Vice-Chair

Graham Hutcheon and Debbie Crosbie announced as new Chair and Vice-Chair of CBI Scotland Council.

CBI Scotland welcomes new Chair and Vice-Chair

CBI Scotland is delighted to welcome Graham Hutcheon, Managing Director of Group Operations at Edrington, as new Chair and Debbie Crosbie, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at CYBG, owner of Clydesdale Bank, as new Vice Chair of the CBI Scotland Council.

The appointments follow a very successful CBI Scotland Annual Dinner attended by more than 600 business leaders in Scotland, with guests including the First Minister of Scotland, Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Leader Ruth Davidson MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie MSP.  

Graham is a long-term Council member and has been serving as CBI Scotland Vice Chair. He will step up to replace Alison McGregor, HSBC Chief Executive for Scotland, who has been in post since January 2015. Debbie who will be new to the council, replaces Graham as Vice Chair.

Graham and Debbie will work with the CBI Scotland team to build on recommendations from the recent report Pursuing Prosperity: Why Regional Productivity Growth Matters for Scotland’s Future. The report found that improving productivity and unlocking growth across Scotland’s regions could be worth up to £25bn to the economy over the next decade

Hugh Aitken, CBI Scotland Director said:

“We’re delighted to have both Graham and Debbie on-board as Chair and Vice Chair of CBI Scotland. Both will bring energy and expertise to their respective roles and I know they will be huge assets to the organisation moving forward.

“Graham is a familiar face at CBI Scotland and will continue to help the organisation navigate complex issues like Brexit, particularly issues like exporting and innovation where he continues to be a major voice within the Scottish business community.

“Debbie brings tremendous leadership skills and a first class knowledge of the Scottish and UK economies to the CBI Scotland team. Having held numerous strategic roles across the UK and international financial services sector, Debbie will offer excellent insights on what makes a successful business and how best to attract investment to Scotland.”    

“I would also like to pay tribute to our outgoing Chair Alison McGregor who has made an outstanding contribution to CBI Scotland. Alison is a passionate and committed champion for business in Scotland and her support and guidance will be sorely missed. Last month Alison was recognised at the inaugural Scottish Women’s Awards, where she was named Scottish Corporate Leader of the Year 2017 – it’s an award that is richly deserved. We wish Alison the best in her future endeavours.”

Graham Hutcheon, Managing Director of Group Operations at Edrington said:

“I am delighted to be appointed as Chair of CBI Scotland. Although the climate in which Scottish business operates has never been more dynamic I look forward to helping CBI Scotland turn the many challenges we face into opportunities.  It’s also an era where collaboration counts, a time when we can build even stronger links between business, governments, and the education sector to improve prosperity in Scotland.”

Debbie Crosbie, Chief Operating Officer at CYBG, owner of Clydesdale Bank, said:

"CBI Scotland is an important voice for the business community and the work it does can't be underestimated. It's a real honour to be appointed Vice Chair of the CBI Scotland Council and I am looking forward to working with Graham and the CBI members as we tackle the on-going challenges faced by businesses in Scotland. I am also motivated to help companies identify and take advantage of opportunities that will help grow our economy and encourage people to invest in our businesses - Scotland has so much to offer."