Central Board is the toast of the Highlands


A tour of a local distillery was among the many highlights when the Central Board hit the road for its regular out-of-town meeting, this time as guests of the Inverness & North of Scotland branch

The entire Central Board, led by President Kevin Griffin, were guests of SELECT's Inverness & North of Scotland branch on 5 and 6 September, as part of our policy of holding one board meeting in different branch areas across the country.

They were introduced to the mysteries of whisky by Master Distiller Graham Coull, who was Ambassador of the Year at this year's Spirit of Speyside Festival.

As well as a tour of the facility, guests also had time to sample the whisky – which for some reason seemed to be the highlight of the tour for many!

Afterwards, board and branch members retired to the Mansfield Hotel in Elgin for dinner. The guest speaker was Sandy Adam, chairman of multi-award winning Springfield Properties, who spoke about seizing opportunities.

He said that while the construction industry was subject to fluctuations, there were often opportunities which were there to be taken.

Inverness & North of Scotland branch chair Sonya Warren, of Gateway Control Systems, said: “It was great to see so many Central Board members make the trip to Elgin and it was equally good to see that a number of local members also came along.

“These types of events are a great way for local members and board members to meet each other.”

As well as representatives from each of SELECT’s eight branches, more than 12 local Members also attended the dinner.

Among them was Graham Meacher, from Green Moray Renewables Ltd, who said: “These events are helpful and demonstrate that, no matter where we work, we face the same types of day-to-day challenges. It was good to share experiences with fellow Members from across Scotland.”

Newell McGuiness, Managing Director of SELECT, said: “The Inverness and North of Scotland event was a great success as it provided another good opportunity to build links between the board and the branches.”

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