Steven Watson, Managing Director of Stepwell, an innovative social enterprise company committed to improving the health, wellbeing and employment opportunities of people living in Inverclyde, has assumed the office as President of Greenock Chamber of Commerce.
At Stepwell, Steven oversees the commercial activities of the business, including The Cookschool at Stepwell, Fresh and Progress. He is passionate about promoting Inverclyde as an attractive leisure and tourism destination, as well as the development of an entrepreneurial culture, which is responsive to social need.
Leading the Inverclyde business organisation until June 2016, Steven now heads up Greenock Chamber’s board of volunteer business people and the new team of senior office bearers who were announced at the AGM held in the Royal Gourock Yacht Club. Steven, who was appointed a Chamber board director in 2010, then Junior Vice President in June 2011 and Senior Vice President in June 2012, takes over the two-year Presidency from Andrew Hemphill, General Manager, Peel Ports – Clydeport Greenock, who becomes Immediate Past President.
Appointed as Senior Vice President is Phil Harkins, Delivery Centre Leader for CRM operations in Concentrix EMEA. He joined the business in February this year having worked for IBM for more than 31 years. Linda Scott, who has taken on the role of Junior Vice President, transferred to Toshiba from IBM when it sold its Retail Store Solution business to the new company. Continuing as Treasurer is David Morgan, Relationship Director, Commercial Banking at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Andrew Hemphill becomes Immediate Past President.
Commenting on his appointment, Steven said: “For me it is a real privilege to be part of Greenock Chamber of Commerce. I am proud to live and work in Inverclyde, I am proud of our history of innovation and entrepreneurship, and I am deeply honoured to take on the role of President.
“As with all other presidents before me, every new one brings their own hopes and aspirations for their time in office. The next 12 months is going to be interesting, as well as historic. Alongside the independence vote we are still facing a challenging economy. Yes there is growing business confidence but the path to full economic recovery is looking longer than anticipated. As a Chamber, we need to continue to walk alongside local businesses, as they navigate their way through these uncertain times.
“I believe we must be flexible and responsive to the changing needs of our members ensuring our offerings and support are relevant to the current business context. We need to encourage creativity, innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit in the decisions of today. The Chamber needs its members to act collaboratively, engage effectively, share expertise, build consortia, support an increase in modern apprenticeships and create jobs especially for younger people. By doing so, we will ensure that, collectively, we stand up and play a role in securing the future of Inverclyde for the generations to follow.”
Businesses interested in finding out more about Greenock Chamber of Commerce and membership opportunities should contact Helen McCormick, Chief Executive at Greenock Ocean Terminal, Patrick Street, Greenock PA16 8UU, tel: 01475 888622, email: chiefexecutive @greenockchamber.co.uk, or visit www.greenockchamber.co.uk.