Michelle Handforth appointed Vice Chair of SCDI’s North East Committee

The Scottish Council for Development and Industry has appointed the Chief Executive of Aberdeen Harbour, Michelle Handforth, as the new Vice Chair of its North East Committee. Michelle, who became Harbour CEO in 2018, and also joined the SCDI Committee in May of that year, will replace the long-standing Vice Chair, Jim Milne CBE, Chairman and MD, Balmoral Group.

As well as assisting the North East Committee Chair, Andrew Ritchie, Michelle will support the SCDI events programme and policy work bringing her senior management and business skills to bear as SCDI helps its members and the economy plot a recovery from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Along with recent changes to the SCDI Board her appointment reflects a new dynamism and focus on leading policy thinking and driving forward a practical blueprint for Scotland’s economic and social future.

Commenting on her appointment, Andrew Ritchie, SCDI North East Committee Chair, said:

“We’re delighted to have Michelle step up to the role of Vice Chair. She will bring a wealth of experience, both UK and International, to the role and through her time at Babcock Offshore Helicopters and now Aberdeen Harbour has a great understanding of what makes the North East economy tick and also what challenges it faces, none greater than at present as we look to recover from the impact of Coronavirus.

I’d also like to pay a huge thank you to Jim Milne who has served as Committee Vice Chair for over 25 years and has given tremendous service to past Chairs and SCDI well above and beyond what we might have expected. We look forward, when more normal times return, to recognising that service in a formal way”.

Michelle Handforth added:

“I am delighted to have this opportunity to work with Andrew and the rest of the North East Committee and look forward to succeeding Jim Milne as Vice Chair. I would like to thank him for his excellent work over many years and hope I can be an equally strong advocate for the interests of our members in the region to government and others, albeit my Doric is less fluent”.

Michelle took up the role of Vice Chair following the 12th May meeting of the North East Committee.