Local businessman takes prominent role

David Valentine, MBE.
David Valentine, MBE.

Forfar businessman David Valentine is set to take over a prominent post with Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce following the resignation of president Jim Pickett.

Mr Valentine, chamber vice-president, will run the body with fellow vice-president Alison Henderson from Dundee.

Mr Pickett is stepping down from the post and at the end of this year and, after six years as a director, submitted his resignation at the recent board meeting.

He described his “enormous source of satisfaction” at watching the chamber grow, from tentative beginnings and just 30 members in 2007, to its present membership of around 450, collectively employing 35,000 people.

Mr Pickett said: “As 2014 approaches and Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce starts work on its business strategy for the next three years, I feel the time is right for me to pass the baton on to others to take the chamber through the next phase of development.

“Our two new vice-presidents, Alison Henderson of My Pinkie Promise based in Dundee and David Valentine of Valentine International Business Connections, based in Angus, will steer the chamber until the board of directors nominates a new president.

Ms Henderson paid tribute to Mr Pickett’s hard work on the chamber’s behalf, representing the business sector locally and nationally at every opportunity. She added and three new directors will be co-opted from the chamber’s membership to help develop ambitious plans for the future.