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Date: Wednesday 27 February 2013
Embargo: For Immediate Release


SCDI members have today (Wednesday 27 February) unanimously approved the appointment of Bill Drummond, Managing Partner of Brodies LLP, as the organisation's new Chair at the SCDI AGM in Edinburgh. Brendan Dick, Managing Director of BT Regions and Director of BT Scotland, was approved as the organisation’s Deputy Chair.

Bill Drummond brings a wealth of experience of civic Scotland to the organisation, having first joined the SCDI Board in 2004 and served at the top level of Scotland's legal profession for many years. Earlier this month, he was named UK Management Partner of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2013. The award followed Bill's re-election by his Partners to serve a sixth consecutive three-year term as Managing Partner of Brodies – a post he has held since 1997.

Commenting on his appointment, Bill said:
“I am pleased to be taking over as Chair of SCDI at such an important time for Scotland. I hope that my experience and continuing work at Brodies advising a wide variety of businesses and organisations operating in Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally will be of value to SCDI and its members.

“The economic climate and current constitutional debate will shape the future of Scotland for decades to come as it will for all our organisations, and I look forward to SCDI playing a pivotal role in informing and supporting Scotland's decision-makers on the actions needed to create long-term economic growth.”
Commenting on the appointments, SCDI Chief Executive, Professor Lesley Sawers said:
 “I am delighted SCDI will benefit from the experience and knowledge of Bill Drummond and Brendan Dick. They both bring considerable expertise to the organisation that will ensure SCDI continues to deliver against our core objective of sustainable economic growth for Scotland.”


Notes to editors

SCDI is Scotland's leading independent economic development organisation representing 1,200 companies, SMEs, public sector bodies, charities, trade unions and faith groups.

Born in Ayrshire, Bill Drummond went to school in Nairn, Kirkwall and North Berwick and studied law at the University of Aberdeen. He started his training at Brodies in 1980, became a partner in 1986 and was first elected by his partners to the role of Managing Partner in 1997, aged 38. He was re-elected in November 2012 to serve a sixth consecutive term from May 2013. Under his executive leadership, Brodies has become one of the largest firms in Scotland - with around 540 lawyers and support staff working across its offices in Aberdeen, Brussels, Edinburgh and Glasgow - and has won numerous awards for legal and business excellence. Bill was named UK Management Partner of the Year at the 2013 Legal Business Awards and has been an SCDI Executive Committee member since 2001, joining the Board in 2004.

For further information, please contact James Alexander, Senior Policy and Communications Manager on 07762 023 985.

A photograph of Bill Drummond is available on request.



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