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West Lothian Chamber of Commerce appoints new chief executive



West Lothian Chamber of Commerce has appointed a new chief executive.

Current Edinburgh Trams chair Charlene Wallace brings 20 years of experience in customer-focused projects to the role.

She has held senior director roles in rail, bus and aviation companies including time at Virgin Trains and Wales Rail Services where she was the director of business transformation.

Appointed as chair of Edinburgh Trams in July 2018, Wallace has served as a non-executive director there for more than three years.

She said: “Having worked closely with the Chambers of Commerce in Scotland, and in particular, and observed how West Lothian Chamber has flourished within the local and wider business communities, I am delighted to now be part of this great organisation.

“It’s clear there is a real passion from both the Chamber team and its members in driving all that’s best within West Lothian.”

Wallace replaces Linda Scott as chief executive who left recently to take up a role with CodeClan.

Chamber president Billy MacLeod said: “Charlene’s commercial experience and strategic and transitional approach, combined with a personable nature and an enthusiasm for building strong working relationships, means she is an ideal fit for the chief executive role.

“Charlene completely understands the perennial problems of a Chamber as an entity, balancing vibrant activities for a wide portfolio of members, ranging from international trade and manufacturing support, to quality training products and bespoke services, whilst steering effective regional and nationally focused policy campaigns.”



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