Who we are

Lee-Anne Gillie : Chair
  • Lee-Anne Gillie Chair
  • Lee-Anne grew up in Kelso and attended both Kelso High School and Borders College Hawick campus, with a career in Nursing decided from a very early age. Joined Peri-Dent (dental floss manufacturer) in 1991 to gain funds for the next stage of study/training, and this was her first introduction into business and manufacturing. She was involved in all aspects of the production processes and loved seeing how everything came together from the initial order to a product going out the door. Lee-Anne was then asked to join the Quality Team and decided to leave her dreams of nursing behind! She was lucky to join Peri-Dent at a time of growth (some luck and a lot of hard work), and work from shop floor into Sales/Senior Management; latterly travelling the world selling Dental Floss. Joined RP Adam Ltd in 2006 – her initial role was Office Manager, a newly created role, which allowed Lee-Anne to shape the role to her strengths and the company needs, improving customer satisfaction, customer retention and ultimately growing sales. Once again being part of a senior team overseeing Sales and Operations through a major growth period for the company. When RP Adam was acquired by Ecolab in 2017, she was asked to be part of the senior team overseeing the integration; working with the team on change management and ensuring retention of customers as well as gaining new business. In 2019 she joined ERIBÉ Knitwear, initially short term to support through a busy sales period, but was asked to join the team full time as Sales Director in July 2020. Again she finds herself doing what she loves; supporting a local SME to grow sales and giving support through all the teething issues and problems that a growing business goes through. With a husband, 2 grown-up children and a new grandson, her personal time revolves around family and friends. Lee-Anne loves cooking and entertaining as well as long walks around our beautiful countryside.

Alan Wheelans : Director
  • Alan Wheelans Director
  • Alan is the Managing Director of Border Safeguard Limited, a third generation family business based in Selkirk who specialise in the installation and maintenance of electronic security and fire detection systems. A former pupil of Knowepark Primary in Selkirk as well as its secondary school, Alan joined the company in 1996 undertaking an engineering modern apprenticeship while attending Edinburgh’s Telford College. He has subsequently worked his way up through various engineering roles in the business before becoming Operations Manager in 2003, then Operations Director in 2008 prior to taking on the position in 2019 which he now currently holds. Alan is currently the regional Chair in Scotland for the BSIA (British Security Industry Association), the UK’s only industry trade association. The BSIA is the voice of the professional security industry, supporting and encouraging excellence; educating the marketplace on the value of quality and professional security; and creating an environment in which to flourish, something Alan has a passion about. This is a position Alan undertakes following on from having previously held over a period of 5 years the roles of Regional and Vice Chair of the UK’s largest trade inspectorate body the NSI (National Security Inspectorate). Alan is the current Vice Chair and a board member of the Developing Young Workforce Group here in the Scottish Borders, a role that allows him to act as the current business link from the group with Selkirk High School. He undertakes an advisory role in regards to the opportunities the school can provide to its young people while looking to bridge the gap between education and the world of work. Alan enjoys combining his working roles with spending time with his three children, family and friends. In his spare time Alan enjoys a game of golf, playing the guitar with a strong interest in coaching rugby, a voluntary role he has undertaken in Selkirk for the last 13 or so years in some shape or form for one of its many mini, midi or youth teams.

Moira Wilson : Director
  • Moira Wilson Director
  • Moira has worked closely with businesses in the Scottish Borders for the last 11 years and has witnessed the growth of existing employers in addition to the emergence of new and exciting industry sectors within the region. She is also passionate about promoting the industry sectors based within the Scottish Borders, in addition to working closely with other chambers, industry bodies and government agencies to create a thriving and exciting place to live and work.

Mark Timmins : Director
  • Mark Timmins Director
  • Founder and programme delivery manager for the SCIO, Works+ (an employability charity working with unemployed young people aged between 16 and 24, to help them achieve a positive destination of employment, a return to education, long term training or volunteering to gain the skills for employment) based in the Scottish Borders. Works+ has a success rate of over 90% in helping these young people achieve their positive destination. Mark also sits on the board of Alchemy Film and Art (who run the Alchemy international experimental film festival each year in Hawick). Mark has a Master’s degree in Fashion Knitwear from St Martins School of Art and for over twenty years taught at the School of Textiles and Design in Galashiels. At the School of Textiles and Design he taught knitted textiles, yarn design, fashion knitwear, fashion and was the BA Fashion Course Director, as well as running the Masters course in Textile Design. Mark also set up the BA Fashion Course in Dubai, for Heriot Watt University. Mark has a research career exploring the theme of Space Couture exploring what we will wear in space for tourism, work wear, and sportswear and was a speaker at the world aeronautical conference, as well as various symposiums across Europe. Mark has run his own business based in the Scottish Borders, designing and making household objects from waste and recycled fabrics and textiles. In other roles Mark was the creative director and founder of the community arts festival “Creative Coathanger” in Galashiels and Selkirk and has been the Storyteller for Children at the Borders Book Festival for 10 years. Mark is also a photographer recording the boundaries between textile design and photography and has exhibited across the UK and Europe. Mark joined the board of the Scottish Borders Chamber of commerce to bring his knowledge of the Third Sector, Creative Industries and Employability for young people to the development of existing and new businesses across the Scottish Borders.  

Mary Hemingway : Director
  • Mary Hemingway Director
  • Mary moved to the Borders 7 years ago from Lancashire and has gained a wealth of experience in the finance industry, making her mark in the Scottish Borders as a trusted Financial Advisor. Focussed on making the Borders a better place for younger people to do business, she is working with DYW Borders and is a Committee Member and Treasurer of the Scottish Borders Young Professionals.

Tim Ferguson : Director
  • Tim Ferguson Director
  • Tim is the Managing Director/Owner of Ferguson Planning a leading independent town planning and development consultancy based in Galashiels. The company has grown since its establishment back in 2012 and now acts for major PLC housebuilders and large farm/estates providing them with planning and development advice. The practice has a strong focus on the Scottish Borders and has facilitated significant inward economic investment to the region. Tim is also co-director of two pharmacies which he helped establish with a close school friend in the Highlands. He provides a development advisory role to the charity Energise Galashiels on a voluntary basis. In his spare time Tim has a strong interest in horse racing, assisting coaching P4 Melrose Football Team for whom his son plays and hacking out in the Borders Countryside. But most importantly spending some down time with his family!

Deirdre McKendry : Director
  • Deirdre McKendry Director
  • Deirdre McKendry is a native of Glasgow and is the Director of Strategic Partnerships & Projects at Borders College. She began her career in Local Government, working in Housing for 10 years before moving into the private sector to work with a Registered Social Landlord and then as an Estate Agent having moved to the Borders in 1990. She joined Borders College 25 years ago working in the newly formed Commercial Development Team assessing work-based learning and developing bespoke training packages for a variety of industries in the Borders. She went on to become Managing Director of BC Consultants (the wholly owned subsidiary Company of Borders College). She moved back into the College as Director of Business Development with a responsibility for the delivery of workforce development opportunities to businesses across Scotland, management of SDS and Local Authority Contracts for the delivery of Modern Apprenticeships and a responsibility for developing the College’s Portfolio to include an International dimension. In August, this year, Deirdre made a decision to take flexible retirement and continue to work within the College on a part time basis. Her new role as Director of Strategic Partnerships & Projects sets out to lead on the identification and development of strategic relationships to support business growth. To develop projects designed to promote the growth and development of commercial and curricular activity. Deirdre is also a fellow of the CMI (Chartered Management Institute), is the Vice Chair of Youth Borders and a member of the Local Area Team for Young Enterprise Scotland.

Giles Etherington : Director
  • Giles Etherington Director
  • Giles Etherington is owner of Brand Satellite - a brand consultancy based in Melrose, with clients across the UK. Giles’s career can be condensed into to three stages. The corporate creative: Spending 11 years at J. Walter Thompson in London, creating famous and award-winning advertising campaigns for some of the world’s best loved brands, before moving to JWT San Francisco, during the height of the dotcom boom. The creative nomad: Freelancing across Europe, with stints in London, Amsterdam and Athens. Helping set up a new design and marketing agency in Jersey, which included an agency acquisition. And, becoming Creative Director of an advertising and marketing agency in Edinburgh, which was part of Bob Geldof’s Ten Alps media empire. The strategic consultant: Setting up his own brand consultancy to focus on his passion for brand creation, brand strategy and branding. Today, Giles helps start-ups, entrepreneurs and SMEs to think, look and act like big brands - through a three-stage process: brand creation; brand development; and brand communication. Giles recently became an accredited GColigist. The GC Index is new way of measuring someone’s energy for different roles within an organisation. Used as a business decision-making tool it can identify how individuals and teams and can make the biggest impact and contribution to a project, a company and a brand. Giles’ own GC Index profile reveals he is a Strategist/Game Changer, which fits perfectly with the impact he makes on his clients’ businesses.

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