Board Members




 Kenny Bowie

Kenny Bowie - Scottish Power Energy Networks

DGChamber President

Kenny is Head of Planning & Design for SP Energy Networks Dumfries & Galloway District, part of the Iberdrola Group.

He's responsible for ensuring that competent and fully costed designs are provided to all customers planning additional electrical connections to SPEN’s distribution network and responsible for the safety, welfare and productivity of our 55 strong industrial workforce spread between Dumfries and Stranraer.

Kenny’s career, spanning 35 years, began as a Craft Apprentice with SSEB. He then worked his way up through the business, gaining experience in Human Resources and progressing to HR Business Partner looking after their maintenance business in Scotland and North Wales. Kenny joined ScottishPowers’ Multy-Utilty Business, Core, as an Operations Manager delivering large value projects across Central and Southern Scotland and then returning SPEN in 2011 as Delivery Support Manager, delivering large connections projects, mainly for windfarms, as part of SPENs Connections Business before returning to Dumfries in his current role within the senior management team.

Kenny is also Chair of Young Enterprise in Dumfries and Galloway. Since 2003 he has helped facilitate S5/S6 Pupils in our secondary schools take part in the Company Programme, giving the young people real life experience in setting up and running successful Businesses and experiencing all the joys and pitfalls in developing a product, manufacturing, selling and returning a profit. In 2016 Kenny joined the Young Enterprise Scotland Board becoming a director and helping shape the services the charity provides in Scotland.

Joined the board April 2019

Dayne Boyd

Dayne Boyd - The Boyd Group

Director of Boyd Group

Dayne joined the family business in 2008 originally known as Border Environmental Services and BEST Fire Safety. As the company grew and product range diversified Dayne came up with the concept of rebranding the company to Boyd Group allowing for further diversification and growth of major clients and contracts.

Dayne overseas the day to day running of Boyd Fire and Boyd Safety Supplies within the group and has become a go to contractor within the fire safety industry supplying and maintaining fire extinguishers and PPE for some of the largest companies within Dumfries and Galloway and throughout the U.K.

Dayne was the Dumfries and Galloway Life Magazines Young Entrepreneur of the year in 2016.

Joined the board January 2014, Vice President Feb. 2017

 Raymond Boyd

Raymond Boyd – The Boyd Group

Originally employed in the operations section of the Water and Sewerage Department for 28 years Raymond started the business of Health and Safety Consultancy in 1995 originally known as Border Environmental Services.

As the company has progressed it has expanded its services, workforce and rebranded to Boyd Group.

Raymond remains at the forefront of the company as Managing Director responsible for the day to day operation of Boyd Safety within the group and specialises in Health and Safety Management and Consultancy.

Raymond's strategic direction and determination, has enabled him to become a driving force in Health and Safety management for Dumfries and Galloway.

Raymond was Dumfries and Galloway Life Magazines Business Person of the Year in 2016.

Joined the board October 2018



 Sue Irving

Sue Irving - DAGCAS

Sue is Chief Executive of Dumfries & Galloway Citizens Advice Service and has been working in the third sector for over 25 years. She has a long track record in providing services for vulnerable and disadvantaged people and worked for many years with people affected by homelessness, substance misuse and mental health issues. Sue is a Trustee of Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway, Chair of the Board of Homeless Action Scotland and a Trustee of Langholm Town Band. Sue is also Director of her own training and consultancy company.

Joined the board February 2015


Ruth McGowan - Croma Vigilant

Ruth McGowan joined Croma Vigilant in 2018, after being selected to head up the new front of house services division, Croma PROception.

Ruth has been involved in the business since its inception and has gained valuable start-up experience. The new business has required  a great deal of hard work and thought leadership to turn a vision into a reality. From the outset, the new division has gained considerable momentum and is now operating several new contracts. Ruth has the ultimate responsibility for operational standards and business strategy, she is now looking forward to creating a new standard in front of house services and challenging her industry to raise the bar on quality.

Ruth previously served as an operational Police Constable for 5 years and thereafter went off to fulfil a personal dream to work for Emirates Airline as a Brand Ambassador. During her time, she has gained a wealth of knowledge, particularly around the importance of the customer experience, a perfect fit for her role.

Joined the board September 2018

 Douglas Russell

Douglas Russell - Armstrong Watson

Douglas joined Armstrong Watson in January 2012 to take up an Office Leadership role while also focussing on the Audit, Corporate and Professional Practices sectors in Dumfries office while also developing further new client business in the region.

With Partner level experience in Edinburgh with Scott & Paterson and Baker Tilly Douglas has 31 years of experience in the profession, typically working with owner managed Family businesses.

Within Armstrong Watson he also leads the Valuations faculty as well as overseeing the Payroll Service Line.

After a career mainly in Edinburgh, Douglas is now enjoying a different experience living and working in Dumfries and being part of a more rural area

Joined the board September 2017

 Rod Sanderson

Rod Sanderson - Tarff Valley


Joined the board October 2018

 Laura Semple

Laura Semple - Oakbank 


Joined the board April 2019

 Paul Williamson

Paul Williamson - Croma Vigilant

Paul Williamson founded Dumfries based security business Croma Vigilant in 1997 and has remained at the forefront ever since.

The business has went from start up to a turnover of £30 million per annum and employs 1200 staff across the UK. Previous to coming into the world of business Paul served with the Black Watch regiment and in his words an experience that has been invaluable in helping create the Croma Vigilant of today.

Paul has a degree in environmental management and is about to embark on another Msc in security and risk management.

Paul is currently Business Person of the Year for both Dumfries & Galloway Life Magazine and DGChamber.

Joined the board October 2018









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